Peer reviewed publications


  • Hoffmann, D.L., Standish, C., García-Diez, M., Pettitt, P.B., Milton, J.A., Zilhão, J., Alcolea, J., Cantalejo-Duarte, P., Collado, H., de Balbín, R., Lorblanchet, M., Ramos-Muñoz, J., Weniger, G.C., Pike, A.W.G. (2018). U-Th dating of carbonate crusts reveals Neanderthal origin of Iberian cave art. Science, 359, 912-915.

  • Hoffmann, D.L., Angelucci, D.E., Villaverde, V., Zapata, J., Zilhão, J. (2018). Symbolic Use of Marine Shells and Mineral Pigments by Iberian Neanderthals 115,000 years ago. Science Advances, 4, eaar5255. (download pdf)

  • Benson, A., Hoffmann, D.L., Bella, P., Drury, A.J., Hercman, H., Atkinson, T. (2018). Building robust age models for speleothems - a case-study using coeval twin stalagmites. Quaternary Geochronology, 43, 83-90.


  • Daura, J., Sanz, M., Arsuaga, J.L., Hoffmann, D.L., Quam, R., Cruz Ortega, M., Santos, E., Gómez, S., Rubio, A., Villaescusa, L., Souto, P., Mauricio, J., Rodrigues, F., Ferreira, A., Godinho, P., Trinkaus, E., Zilhão, J. (2017). A new Middle Pleistocene cranium from Gruta da Aroeira (Almonda karst system, Torres Novas, Portugal). PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1619040114
  • Daura, J., Sanz, M., Arsuaga, J.L., Quam, R., Hoffmann, D.L., Cruz Ortega, M., Santos, E., Gómez, S., Rubio, A., Villaescusa, L., Souto, P., Rodrigues, F., Mauricio, J., Ferreira, A., Godinho, P., Trinkaus, E., Zilhão, J. (2017). O cranio humano acheulense do Plistocenico medio da Gruta da Aroeira. Arqueologia em Portugal 2017 - Estado da Questão. 295-302.
  • Meyer, M.C., Hoffmann, D.L., Aldenderfer, M.S., Haas, W.R., Dahl, J.A., Wang, Z., Degering, D., Schlütz, F. (2017). Response to comment on "Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene". Science, 357, eaan8575.
  • Daura, J., Sanz, M., Allué, E., Vaquero, M., López-García, J.M., Sánchez-Marco, A., Domènech, R., Martinell, J., Carrión, J.S., Ortiz, J.E., Torres, T., Arnold, L.J., Benson, A., Hoffmann, D.L., Skinner, A.R., Julià, R. (2017). Palaeoenvironments of the last Neanderthals in SW Europe (MIS 3): Cova del Coll Verdaguer (Barcelona, NE of Iberian Peninsula). Quaternary Science Reviews 177, 34-56.
  • Wang, Z., Meyer, M., Gliganic, L., Hoffmann, D.L., May, J.-H. (2017). Timing of fluvial terrace formation and concomitant travertine deposition in the upper Sutlej River (Tirthapuri, southwestern Tibet) and paleoclimatic implications. Quaternary Science Reviews 169, 357-377.
  • Pike, A.W.G., Hoffmann, D.L., Pettitt, P.B., García Diez, M., Zilhão, J. (2017). Dating Palaeolithic cave art: why U-Th is the way to go. Quaternary International 432, 41-49.
  • Hoffmann, D.L., Utrilla, P., Bea, M., Pike, A.W.G., García Díez, M., Zilhão, J., Domingo, R. (2017) U-series dating of Palaeolithic rock art at Fuente del Trucho (Aragon, Spain). Quaternary International 432, 50-58.
  • Meyer, M.C., Aldenderfer, M.S., Wang, Z., Hoffmann, D.L., Dahl, J.A., Degering, D., Haas, W.R., Schlütz, F. (2017). Permanent human occupation of the central Tibetan Plateau in the early Holocene. Science, 355, 64-67.
  • Lin, Y., Jochum, K.P., Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Andreae, M.O. (in press). In-situ high spatial resolution LA-MC-ICPMS 230Th/U dating enables detection of small-scale age inversions in speleothems. accepted for Solid Earth Sciences, 2, 1-9.


  • Hoffmann, D.L., Rogerson, M., Spötl, C., Luetscher, M., Vance, D., Osborne, A., Fello, N., Moseley, G. (2016). Timing and causes of North African wet phases during the last glacial period and implications for modern human migration. Scientific Reports, 6, 36367, 1-7.
  • Hoffmann, D.L., Pike, A.W.G., García Diez, Pettitt, P.B., M., Zilhão, J. (2016). Methods for U-series dating of CaCO3 crusts associated with Palaeolithic cave art and application to Iberian sites. Quaternary Geochronology 36, 104-119.
  • Wang, Z., Meyer, M.C., Hoffmann, D.L. (2016). Sedimentology, petrography and early diagenesis of a travertine-colluvium succession from Chusang (southern Tibet). Sedimentary Geology 342, 218-236.
  • Festi, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Luetscher, M. (2016). Pollen from accurately dated speleothems supports alpine glacier low-stands during the early Holocene. Quaternary Research, 86, 45-53.
  • Wassenburg, J.A., Scholz, D., Jochum, K.P., Cheng, H., Oster, J., Immenhauser, A., Richter, D.K., Häger, T., Hoffmann, D., Breitenbach, S. (2016). Determination of aragonite trace element partition coefficients from speleothem calcite-aragonite transitions. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 190, 347-367.
  • Hodge, E.J., Hoffmann, D.L., Richards, D.A., and Smart, P.L. (2016). Uranium-series ages for speleothem and tufa deposits associated with Quaternary mammalian fossil evidence in England and Wales. UBSS Proceedings, 27(1), 73-80.


  • Duval, M., Arnold, L., Pares, J., Hoffmann, D.L. (2015). The Jaramillo Subchron and the Early-Middle Pleistocene transition in continental records from a multidisciplinary perspective. Quaternary International, 389, 1-6.
  • Baldini, L.M., McDermott, F., Baldini, J.U.L., Arias, P., Cueto, M., Fairchild, I.J., Hoffmann, D.L., Mattey, D.P., Müller, W., Nita, D.C., Ontañón, R., Garciá-Moncó, C., Richards, D.A. (2015). Regional temperature, atmospheric circulation, and sea-ice variability within the Younger Dryas Event constrained using a speleothem from northern Iberia. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 419, 101-110.
  • Moseley, G.E., Richards, D.A., Smart, P.L., Standish, C.D., Hoffmann, D.L., ten Hove, H., Vinn, O. (2015). Early-middle Holocene relative sea-level oscillation events recorded in a submerged speleothem from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. The Holocene, 25(9), 1511-1521.
  • García Diez, M., Garrido, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Pettitt, P.B., Pike, A.W.G., Zilhão, J. (2015). The chronology of hand stencils in European Palaeolithic rock art: implications of new U-series results from El Castillo Cave (Cantabria, Spain). Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 93, 135-152.
  • Yang, Q., Scholz, D., Jochum, K. P., Hoffmann, D. L., Stoll, B., Weis, U., Schwager, B., Andreae, M. O. (2015). Lead isotope variability in speleothems - A promising new proxy for hydrological change? First results from a stalagmite from western Germany. Chemical Geology, 396, 143-151.


  • Mauz, B., Hoffmann, D.L. (2014). What to do when carbonate replaced water: Carb, the model for estimating the dose rate of carbonate-rich samples. Ancient TL, 32 No.2, 24-32.
  • Scholz, D., Tolzmann, J., Hoffmann, D.L., Jochum, K.P., Spötl, C., Riechelmann, D.F.C. (2014). Diagenesis of speleothems and its effect on the accuracy of 230Th/U-ages. Chemical Geology, 387, 74-86.
  • Felstead, N.J., Gonzalez, S., Huddart, D., Noble, S.R., Hoffmann, D.L., Metcalfe, S.E., Leng, M.J., Albert, B.M., Pike, A.W.G., Gonzalez-Gonzalez, A., Jiménez-López, J.C. (2014). Holocene-aged human footprints from the Cuatrociénegas Basin, NE Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science, 42, 250-259.
  • Dragusin, V., Staubwasser, M., Hoffmann, D.L., Érsek, Onac, B., Vere?, D. (2014). Constraining Holocene hydrological changes in the Carpathian-Balkan region using speleothem ?18O and pollen-based temperature reconstructions. Climate of the past, 10, 1363-1380.
  • Constantin, S., Robu, M., Munteanu, C.-M., Petculescu, A., Vlaicu, M., Mirea, I., Kenesz, M., Dragusin, V., Hoffmann, D., Anechitei, V., Timar-Gabor, A., Roban, R.-D., Panaiotu, C.G. (2014). Reconstructing the evolution of cave systems as a key to understanding the taphonomy of fossil accumulations: The case of Ur?ilor Cave (Western Carpathians, Romania). Quaternary International, 339-340, 25-40.


  • Reimer, P.J., Bard, E., Bayliss, A., Beck, J.W., Blackwell, P.G., Bronk Ramsey, C., Buck, C.E., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L., Friedrich, M., Grootes, P.M., Guilderson, T.P., Haflidason, H., Hajdas, I., Hatté, C., Heaton, T.J., Hoffmann, D.L., Hogg, A.G., Hughen, K.A., Kaiser, K.F., Kromer, B., Manning, S.W., Niu, M., Reimer, R.W., Richards, D.A., Scott, E.M., Southon, J.R., Staff, R.A., Turney, C.S.M., van der Plicht, J. (2013). IntCal13 and Marine13 radiocarbon age calibration curves 0 - 50000 years cal BP. Radiocarbon 55, 1869-1887.
  • Hoffmann, D.L., Pike, A., Wainer, K., Zilhão, J. (2013). New U-series results for the speleogenesis and the Palaeolithic archaeology of the Almonda karstic system (Torres Novas, Portugal). Quaternary International 294, 168-182.
  • García Diez, M., Hoffmann, D.L., Zilhão, J., de las Heras, C., Lasheras, J.A., Montes, R. Pike, A.W.G. (2013). Uranium series dating reveals a long sequence of rock art at Altamira Cave (Santillana del Mar, Cantabria). Journal of Archaeological Science 40, 4098-4106.
  • Gutjahr, M., Vance, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Hillenbrand, C.-D., Foster, G.L., Rae, J.W.B., Kuhn, G. (2013). Structural limitations in deriving accurate U-series ages from calcitic cold-water corals contrast with robust coral radiocarbon and Mg/Ca systematics. Chemical Geology 355, 69-87.
  • Moseley, G.E,. Richards, D.A., Smith, C.J.M., Smart, P.L., Hoffmann, D.L., Farrant, A.R. (2013). U-Th dating of speleothems to investigate the evolution of limestone caves in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. Cave and Karst Science, 40, 13-16.
  • Moseley, G.E., Smart, P., Richards, D., Hoffmann, D.L. (2013). Speleothem constraints on marine isotope stage (MIS) 5 relative sea-levels, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Journal of Quaternary Science 28, 293-300.
  • Shanahan, T.M., Peck, J.A., McKay, N., Heil Jr., C.W., King, J., Forman, S.L., Hoffmann, D.L., Richards, D.A., Overpeck, J.T., Scholz, C. (2013). Age models for long lacustrine sediment records using multiple dating approaches - An example from Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana. Quaternary Geochronology, 15, 47-60.
  • Fensterer, C., Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Spötl, C., Schröder-Ritzrau, A., Horn, C., Pajón, J.M., Mangini, A. (2013). Millennial-scale climate variability during the last 12.5 ka recorded in a Caribbean speleothem. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 361, 143-151.


  • Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Hellstrom, J., Bronk Ramsey, C. (2012). A comparison of different methods for speleothem age modelling. Quaternary Geochronology, 14, 94-104.
  • Fensterer, C., Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Spötl, C., Pajón, J.M., Mangini, A. (2012). Cuban stalagmite suggests relationship between Caribbean precipitation and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation during the past 1.3 ka. The Holocene, 22, 1405-1412.
  • Pike, A.W.G., Hoffmann, D.L., García Diez, M., Pettitt, P.B., Alcolea, J., De Balbín, R., González-Sainz, C., de las Heras, C., Lasheras, J.A., Montes, R., Zilhão, J. (2012). U-Series Dating of Paleolithic Art in 11 Caves in Spain. Science 336, 1409-1413.


  • Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L. (2011). StalAge - an algorithm especially designed for construction of speleothem age. Quaternary Geochronology 6, 369-382.
  • Luetscher, M., Hoffmann, D.L., Frisia, S., Spötl, C. (2011). Holocene glacier history from alpine speleothems, Milchbach cave, Switzerland. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 302, 95-106.


  • Hoffmann, D. L., Beck, J. W., Richards, D. A., Smart, P. L., Singarayer, J.S., Ketchmark, T., Hawkesworth, C. J. (2010). Towards radiocarbon calibration beyond 28 ka using speleothems from the Bahamas . Earth and Planetary Science Letters 289, 1-10.

  • Ramalho, R., Helffrich, G., Cosca, M., Vance, D., Hoffmann, D., Schmidt, D.N. (2010) Constraints on the origins of hot spot swells from island freeboard. Nature Geosciences 3, 774-777.
  • Fensterer, C., Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D., Mangini, A., Pajon, J.M. (2010) 230Th/U-dating of a late Holocene low uranium speleothem from Cuba. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 9, 012015.
  • Ramalho, R.; Helffrich, G., Cosca, M., Vance, D., Hoffmann, D., Schmidt, D.N. (2010) Vertical movements of ocean island volcanoes: insights from a stationary plate environment. Marine Geology 275, 84-95.
  • Madeira, J., Mata, J., Mourão, C., Brum da Silveira, A., Martins, S., Ramalho, R., Hoffmann, D.L. (2010) Volcano-stratigraphic and structural evolution of Brava Island (Cape Verde) from 40Ar/39Ar, U/Th and field constraints. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 196, 219-235.


  • Suric, M., Richards, D.A., Hoffmann, D.L., Tibljas, D., Juracic, M. (2009). Sea level change during MIS 5a based on submerged speleothems from the eastern Adriatic Sea (Croatia). Marine Geology 262, 62-67.
  • Hoffmann, D.L., Spötl, C., Mangini, A. (2009). Micromill and in situ laser ablation sampling techniques for high spatial resolution MC-ICPMS U-Th dating of carbonates. Chemical Geology 259, 253-261.
  • Wainer, K., Genty, D., Blamart, D., Hoffmann, D.L., Couchoud, I. (2009) A new stage 3 millennial climatic variability record from a SW France speleothem. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 271, 130-139.


  • Pinhasi, R., Gasparian, B., Wilkinson, K., Bailey, R., Bar-Oz, G., Bruch, A., Chataigner, C., Hoffmann, D.L., Hovsepyan, R., Nahapetyan, S., Pike, A.W.G., Schreve, D., Stephens, M. (2008). Hovk 1 and the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Armenia: a preliminary framework. Journal of Human Evolution (doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.04.005).
  • Scholz, D., Hoffmann, D.L. (2008). 230Th/U-dating of fossil corals and speleothems. Quaternary Science Journal, 57, 52-77.
  • Hoffmann, D.L. (2008). 230Th isotope measurements of femtogram quantities for U-series dating using multi ion counting (MIC) MC-ICPMS. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 275, 75-79.
  • Baldini, J.U.L., McDermott, F., Hoffmann, D.L., Richards, D.A., Clipson, N. (2008). Very high-frequency cave atmosphere PCO2 variability: implications for stalagmite growth and oxygen isotope-based paleoclimate records. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 272, 118-129.
  • Hoffmann, D.L., Paterson, B.A., Jonckheere, R. (2008). Uranium concentration measurements on a fossil equid tooth by fission tracks, TIMS and laser-ablation ICPMS - implications for ESR dating. Radiation Measurements 43, 5-13.
  • Sims, K.W.W., Gill, J., Dossoto, A., Hoffmann, D.L., Lundstrom, C., Williams, R., Ball, L., Tollstrup, D., Turner, S., Prytulak, J., Glessner, J., Standish, J., Elliott, T. (2008). An inter-laboratory assessment of the Th Isotopic Composition of Synthetic and Rock standards. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 32(1), 65-91.
  • Prytulak, J., Elliott, T., Hoffmann, D.L., Coath, C.D. (2008). Assessment of USGS BCR-2 as a reference material for silicate rock U-Pa disequilibrium measurements. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 32(1), 55-63.
  • Hodge, E.J., Richards, D.A., Smart, P.L., Andreo, B., Hoffmann, D.L., Mattey, D.P., Gonzalez-Ramon, A. (2008). Effective precipitation in southern Spain (~ 266 to 46 ka BP) based on a speleothem stable carbon isotope record. Quaternary Research 69, 447-457.


  • Hoffmann, D.L., Prytulak, J., Richards, D.A., Elliott, T.R., Coath, C.D., Smart, P.L., Scholz, D. (2007). Procedures for accurate U and Th isotope measurements by high precision MC-ICPMS. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 264, 97-109.


  • Auler, A.S., Piló, L.B., Smart, P.L., Wang, X., Hoffmann, D., Richards, D.A., Edwards, R.L., Neves, W.A., Cheng, H. (2006). U-series dating and taphonomy of Quaternary vertebrates from Brazilian caves. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 240, 508-522.


  • Hoffmann, D.L., Richards, D.A., Elliott, T.R., Smart, P.L., Coath, C.D., Hawkesworth, C.J. (2005). Characterisation of Secondary Electron Multiplier Nonlinearity using MC-ICPMS. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 244 (2-3), 97-108.


  • Hoffmann, D., Mangini, A. (2003). A method for coupled ESR/U-series dating of teeth showing post-depositional U-loss. Quaternary Science Reviews, 22, 1367-1372.
  • Hoffmann, D., Woda, C., Mangini, A. (2003). Equivalent dose determination in foraminifera: analytical description of the CO2- -signal dose-response curve. Radiation Measurements, 37 (1), 95-101.
  • Theissen, K. M., Dunbar, R. B., Cooper, A. K., Mucciarone, D. A., Hoffmann, D. (2003). The Pleistocene evolution of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Prydz bay region: stable isotopic evidence from ODP Site 1167. Global and Planetary Change, 39 (3-4), 227-256.


  • Hoffmann, D., Mangini, A. (2002). Comparative studies on the CO2--signal in tooth enamel and carbonates. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 101 (1-4), 359-362.


  • Hoffmann, D., Woda, C., Strobl, C., Mangini, A. (2001). ESR-dating of the Arctic sediment core PS1535: Dose response and thermal behaviour of the CO2- -signal in foraminifera. Quaternary Science Reviews, 20, 1009-1014.


  • Hoffmann, D., Woda, C., Lomitschka, M., Mangini, A. (1999). Untersuchungen zur ESR-Datierung eemzeitlicher Muscheln aus Schleswig-Holstein. Meyniana, 51, 113-124.

Peer reviewed book sections


  • Hoffmann, D.L. (2015). Carbonates, Speleothem Archaeological, (U-series). in Rink, W.J. and Thompson, J. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht, 978p.
  • Pettitt, P., Arias, P., García-Diez, M., Hoffmann, D., Maximiano Castillejo, A., Ontañon-Peredo, R., Pike, A., Zilhão, J. (2015). Are hand stencils in European cave art older than we think? An evaluation of the existing data and their potential implications. in Bueno-Ramirez, P., Bahn, P.G. (Eds.) Prehistoric art as prehistoric culture. Archaeopress Archaeology, Oxford, 31-43.


  • Hoffmann, D.L. (2013). Datación por Series de Uranio. In: García-Diez, M., Zapata, L. (Eds.) Métodos y técnicas de análisis y estudio en arqueología prehistórica. Servicio Editorial de la Universidad del País Vasco, 87-92.
  • Zilhão, J., Angelucci, D., Aubry, T., Badal, E., Brugal, J.-P., Carvalho, R., Gameiro, C., Hoffmann, D.L., Matias, H., Maurício, J., Nabais, M., Pike, A., Póvoas, L., Richter, D., Souto, P., Trinkaus, E., Wainer, K., Willman, J. (2013). A Gruta da Oliveira (Torres Novas): uma jazida de referência para o paleolítico médio da península ibérica. In: Arnaud, J.M., Martins, A., Neves, C. (Eds.). Arqueologia em Portugal - 150 Anos. Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses, Lisboa, 2013, pp. 259-268.
  • Pike, A. W. G., Hoffmann, D. L., García-Díez, M., Pettitt, P. B., Alcolea González, J. J., Balbín, R. de, González-Sainz, C., Heras, C. de las, Lasheras, J. A., Montes, R., Zilhão, J. (2013). En los orígenes del arte rupestre Paleolítico: dataciones por la serie del Uranio en las cuevas de Altamira, El Castillo y Tito Bustillo. In: Pensando el Gravetiense: Nuevos datos para la región cantábrica en su contexto peninsular y pirenaico, At Santillana del Mar, 20-22 octubre 2011, Monografías del Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira, 23, 461-475.


  • Hoffmann, D. (2001). Kombinierte Elektronen-Spin-Resonanz- und Uranreihen-Datierung von Zahnschmelz. Dissertation, Naturwissenschaftlich-Mathematische Gesamtfakultät der Universität Heidelberg.
  • Hoffmann, D. (1998). ESR-Datierung eines arktischen Sedimentbohrkerns. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Umweltphysik, Universität Heidelberg. (unpublished).