PhD in Geography and History (1995), University of Barcelona, for my research on proto-historic societies in Catalonia through the analysis of domestic architecture. From 1996 to 1998 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the CNRS (Unité Mixte de Recherche 5140 - Lattes, France). From 1999 to 2003, I worked at the University of Barcelona as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2004, I took a position at the ICAC to start a research programme about the protohistoric societies and to create a research group working on this period. I joined ICREA in 2006 as an ICREA researcher, and became an ICREA research professor in 2010. I develop my research at the ICAC in collaboration with researchers of Catalan, French and Tunisian Institutions. I made stays as invited researcher at the Universities of Chicago and Montpellier. In 2013, I received Positive Assessment from the AQU Catalunya (Catalan Evaluation Agency) in order to apply for a university full professor position.
The general goal of my research is to study the processes that transformed the Late Bronze Age local-scale groups into the complex societies based on large territorial organizations of the Central and Western Mediterranean Iron Age. My topics of research include urbanization and state formation, settlement patterns, architecture, funerary practices and rituals.
My current research is conducted in North-eastern Iberian Peninsula, South of France and North of Africa, and focuses on two main issues. On the one hand, the urbanization process and its connection with state formation in the central and western Mediterranean. On the other hand, the study of funerary rituals, mortuary practices and the use of funerary space.
Key wordsProtohistoric societies, Iron Age, Western Mediterranean, domestic architecture, experimental archaeology, building techniques, town planning, settlement patterns, archaeology of death and rituals, paleodemography, heritage management