Belarte Franco, Maria CarmeResearch Professor at
Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica (ICAC )
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 mainly focuses on two 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 protohistoric societies through an interdisciplinary analysis of domestic architecture and activities.
Key wordsProtohistoric societies, Iron Age, Western Mediterranean, domestic architecture, experimental archaeology, building techniques, town planning, settlement patterns, archaeology of death and rituals, paleodemography