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Marta Portillo

Marta Portillo

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I am a researcher studying human-environment interactions and the developments of cultural, economic and technological behaviours in the Western  Mediterranean and the Near East. I pursue these questions through microfossil evidence preserved in the archaeological record, primarily from phytoliths and dung micro-remains, in integration with a range of geoarchaeological methods, as well as experimental and ethnoarchaeological models. Three main research lines have been followed in the last five years: a) hunter-gatherer plant exploitation and human-environment interactions on the threshold of early food-producers in the Levant and northern Africa; b) the origins and spread of agriculture and early sedentism in the Near East and southern Caucasus; and c) the developments of more complex farming communities.

I am a founder member of the International Committee for Phytolith Morphometry (ICPM), appointed by the board of the International Phytolith Society (IPS) to establish methodological standards for the discipline since 2011. I am serving at the IPS board as elected secretary since 2015. I also joined the Associació Catalana de Bioarqueologia (ACBA) board from 2010 to 2014.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  •  Portillo, M., García-Suárez A., Klimowicz A., Barański M.Z., Matthews W. 2019. Animal penning and
    open area activity at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 56,
    101106. doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2019.101106
  • Portillo, M., Ball, T.B., Wallace, M., Murphy, Ch., Pérez-Díaz, S., Ruiz-Alonso, M., Aceituno, F.J.,
    López-Sáez J.A., 2019, Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany, Environmental Archaeology
    doi:10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351
  • Portillo, M., Llergo, Y., Ferrer, A., Albert, R.M. 2017. Tracing microfossil residues of cereal processing
    in the archaeobotanical record: an experimental approach, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
    26, 59-74. doi:10.1007/s00334-016-0571-1
  • Portillo, M., Belarte M.C., Ramon J., Kallala, N., Sanmartí J., Albert, R.M. 2017. An
    ethnoarchaeological study of livestock dung fuels from cooking installations in northern Tunisia,
    Quaternary International 431, 131-144. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.12.040
  • Ball T.B., Davis, A., Evett, R.R., Ladwig, J.L., Tromp, M., Out, W., Portillo, M. 2016. Morphometric
    Analysis of Phytoliths: Recommendations towards Standardization from the International Committee
    for Phytolith Morphometric, Journal of Archaeological Science 68, 106-111.
    doi:10.1016/j.jas.2015.03.023

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Marta Portillo

I am a researcher studying human-environment interactions and the developments of cultural, economic and technological behaviours in the Western  Mediterranean and the Near East. I pursue these questions through microfossil evidence preserved in the archaeological record, primarily from phytoliths and dung micro-remains, in integration with a range of geoarchaeological methods, as well as experimental and ethnoarchaeological models. Three main research lines have been followed in the last five years: a) hunter-gatherer plant exploitation and human-environment interactions on the threshold of early food-producers in the Levant and northern Africa; b) the origins and spread of agriculture and early sedentism in the Near East and southern Caucasus; and c) the developments of more complex farming communities.

I am a founder member of the International Committee for Phytolith Morphometry (ICPM), appointed by the board of the International Phytolith Society (IPS) to establish methodological standards for the discipline since 2011. I am serving at the IPS board as elected secretary since 2015. I also joined the Associació Catalana de Bioarqueologia (ACBA) board from 2010 to 2014.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • Portillo, M., García-Suárez A., Klimowicz A., Barański M.Z., Matthews W. 2019. Animal penning and
    open area activity at Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 56,
    101106. doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2019.101106
  • Portillo, M., Ball, T.B., Wallace, M., Murphy, Ch., Pérez-Díaz, S., Ruiz-Alonso, M., Aceituno, F.J.,
    López-Sáez J.A., 2019, Advances in Morphometrics in Archaeobotany, Environmental Archaeology
    doi:10.1080/14614103.2019.1569351
  • Portillo, M., Llergo, Y., Ferrer, A., Albert, R.M. 2017. Tracing microfossil residues of cereal processing
    in the archaeobotanical record: an experimental approach, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany
    26, 59-74. doi:10.1007/s00334-016-0571-1
  • Portillo, M., Belarte M.C., Ramon J., Kallala, N., Sanmartí J., Albert, R.M. 2017. An
    ethnoarchaeological study of livestock dung fuels from cooking installations in northern Tunisia,
    Quaternary International 431, 131-144. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.12.040
  • Ball T.B., Davis, A., Evett, R.R., Ladwig, J.L., Tromp, M., Out, W., Portillo, M. 2016. Morphometric
    Analysis of Phytoliths: Recommendations towards Standardization from the International Committee
    for Phytolith Morphometric, Journal of Archaeological Science 68, 106-111.
    doi:10.1016/j.jas.2015.03.023

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