This project intends to adopt a multidisciplinary perspective to the archaeological study of human occupation of the eastern Pre-Pyrenees. The temporal focus of the project will encompass a long -term perspective from the first presence of hunter-gatherer groups to the emergence of the first proto-urban settlements. The analysis of this long-term trajectory will be elaborated through the information available from a variety of sites currently under excavation in the area, as well as from the extensive materials from museum collections and additionally through a programme of survey to be conducted in different parts of the region. The principal objective of this project will be to analyse the following phases of human occupation: 1-first human presence, 2-the Middle Palaeolithic -Late Palaeolithic transition, 3-the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, 4-the emergence and consolidation of the first farming populations, 5-the origins of urbanism. This temporal trajectory is provisionally situated between 125.000 and the beginning of the II millennia BC. The privileged geographical position occupied by the region, in the contact zone between the Pyrenees and the Ebro river, will allow us to evaluate and compare the processes to be studied in this project with similar trajectories in other adjacent areas. In parallel we shall develop activities directed at communicating of the historical and archaeological results to the general public. This programme of communication is already under development in a series of activities directed at pre-university students. This project will allow us to generate a synergetic model related on the one hand to academic research, and on the other, to knowledge transfer to society. The most important aspects of the archaeological research will be: 1) the introduction of the discussion on the first appearance of Homo sapiens (...)
|Effective start/end date
|1/10/07 → 30/09/10
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