(Ramón y Cajal Programme)
My research is devoted to the study of the emergence of agricultural systems in the Near East and its diffusion throughout the western Mediterranean basin (9th-5th mill. cal. BC). I have been involved in the study of this complex process through participation in a number of long term international projects in two regions of the Mediterranean basin: Near East and north-eastern Spain. In the Near East, I’m co-directing (with Dr. Jacob Vardi from the Israel Antiquities Authority) a research project at the Neolithic site of Nahal Efe (Negev desert), focused to better understanding the Neolithic developments in the arid margins of the southern Levant. I’m also actively involved in other projects in Israel (Beisamoun) and Jordan (Kharaysin).
In the western Mediterranean, my research is focused in the study of the first stages of the neolithization process in north-eastern Spain and in the development of prehistoric mining during the Middle Neolithic (Neolithic variscite mines of Gavà, Barcelona). My field of specialization is the study of the chipped stone tools, which have allowed me to contribute to wider topics such as social complexity, exchange networks and social interaction, origins of craft specialization, etc. Recently, I have expanded my studies into assessing the impact of Early Holocene climate events (RCCs) in the emergence of agricultural systems in the Near East.