Maria Castaneyra-Ruiz

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Dr María Castañeyra Ruiz graduated in Art History from the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, in 2008. Shortly afterwards she began her PhD in Physical Anthropology, in the Department of Ancient History and Anthropology and the Department of Anatomy, Pathology and Histology of the University of La Laguna where her PhD thesis focused on the ancient aborigines of La Gomera. She defended her thesis, obtaining the highest degree of excellence with Cum Laude distinction, in July 2015. She continued to work in the field of archaeology and anthropology, shortly before receiving the research grant from the Canary Islands Dr Manuel Morales Foundation to carry out their postdoctoral studies in the Face Lab of the University of Liverpool John Moores on craniofacial reconstructions, in 2017. Here she actively participated in the Project on The Quest For Ancestral Faces, performing 50 craniofacial depictions of Prehispanic Canarians.
She is currently working on the Migrant Disaster Victim Identification (MDVI) project at Face Lab, funded by the British Academy Knowledge Frontiers since 2018.


Spanish; Castilian


2015, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, PhD Physical Anthropology
2011, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain, MA Mediation and Heritage Management in Europe.
2008, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain, BA Arts History

Journal article

Wilkinson CM, Castaneyra-Ruiz M. 2021. The current status of Migrant Disaster Victim Identification in the Canary Islands Journal of the British Academy, 9s8 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Diac MM, Earar K, Damian SI, Knieling A, Iov T, Shrimpton S, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Wilkinson C, Bulgaru Iliescu D. 2020. Facial Reconstruction: Anthropometric Studies Regarding the Morphology of the Nose for Romanian Adult Population I: Nose Width Applied Sciences, 10 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gonzalez-Reimers E, Trujillo-Mederos A, C. Ordóñez A, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. 2015. Sexual dimorphism: a comparative study between inhabitants from El Hierro and other populations of the Word. European Journal of Anatomy, 19 :59-64 Publisher Url Public Url

Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E. 2014. Marked eburnation among prehispanic individuals from La Gomera (Canary Islands) Majorensis, Publisher Url Public Url

Camacho-Hernández CM, Perdigón-Alvarado E, Quintero-Platt G, Reyes-Suárez P, Vera-Delgado V, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Martín-González C, González-Reimers E. Digit ratios among the modern population of the Canary Islands European Journal of anatomy,

González-Reimers E, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos2 A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. Differences in tibial shape among the Prehispanic inhabitants from Gomera, Punta Azul (El Hierro), and Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) Anthropologischer Anzeiger: Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur,

Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E. Osteoarthritis among the prehispanic population from La Gomera and El Hierro (Canary Islands): a comparative study Anthropologischer Anzeiger: Bericht uber die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur, DOI Publisher Url

Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E, Hernández-Marrero JC, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Trujillo-Mederos A, González-Arnay E, Hernández-León CN. Cartilage-derived tumor in a prehispanic individual from La Gomera (Canary Islands) International Journal of Paleopathology, DOI Publisher Url

González-Reimers E, Trujillo-Mederos A, Machado-Calvo M, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, C. Ordónez A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. A skeletal case of hypertrophic osteoarthropathy from the Canary Islands dating from 1000 BP International Journal of Paleopathology, DOI Publisher Url

Trujillo-Mederos A, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M, González-Reimers E, Carmona-Calero E, González-Toledo JM, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, C. Ordóñez A, Castañeyra-Perdomo3 A. Tibial marks in bare tibiae: relationship with robusticity indices European Journal of Anatomy,


González-Reimers E, González-Arnay E, Castaneyra-Ruiz M, Arnay-de-la-Rosa M. Identifying small pelvic inclusions through SEM technology International Journal of Paleopathology,


Phillips F, Wilkinson C, Castaneyra-Ruiz M. Canarii: The Quest for Ancient Faces

Phillips F, Wilkinson C, Castaneyra-Ruiz M. La Busque de las Caras ancestrales -Canarii: The Quest for Acient faces


Liverpool John Moores University's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence- Impact Story (2022) - Presented to Professor Caroline Wilkinson and the Face Lab team., Liverpool John Moores University. 2022

The Selwyn Award, The Royal Photographic Society, 2020

Research Team of the Year (awarded to Face Lab, LJMU) - Educate North Awards 2019, Educate North, 2019

Conference organisation:

The 19th Biennial meeting of the International Association for Carniofacial identification. ‘Knowledge Transfer; presentation, ethics, bias and expectation’, Host and organiser, 2022