Ferran Borrell

Hala Alarashi

CONTRACT SCIENTIST
(Marie Sklodowska Curie – IF)

My research focuses on the symbolic expressions of the human groups that have lived in various regions of the Near East and North East of Africa and evolved according to different rhythms and mechanisms of Neolithisation. I investigate the impact of the ideological and cultural shifts on the technological innovations and the socioeconomic relations through an integrated multidisciplinary approach – techno-functional, spatial and material sourcing – applied on body ornaments (beads and pendants, necklaces, belts, etc.) made of biogenic and mineral materials found in burials, habitat and workshops.

I am currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow (MSCA-IF 2020-2022) working with the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) group at the IMF-CSIC in Barcelona. I am conducting the project PRECIOUS: « Making and wearing semi-PRECIOUS stone beads in the Near East and the Nile Valley during the Neolithic: A biographical perspective and microwear approach ». The project focuses on reconstructing the manufacturing processes and on defining the patterns of use of Neolithic stone beads. It aims thereby at identifying the technical mastery in stone bead crafts and accordingly, the identities of the individuals or groups involved in the production and consuming systems.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • ALARASHI H. accepted. New insights into the technological management of the Neolithic cowrie beads in the Levant: An experimental and traceological approach. In Hamon C., Maigrot Y. & Beyries S. (eds.), Beyond use-wear traces: Tools and people. Actes du colloque International AWRANA (29 mai-1 juin 2018). Leiden: Sidestone press.
  • ALARASHI H. accepted. Neolithic ornaments in Northern Mesopotamia and the Levant: Between inherited traditions and novelties. In Hansen S., Klimscha F. & Renn J. (eds.), Prehistoric Networks in the Longue Durée: Palaeolithic Innovations enabling the Neolithic Revolution. Actes du colloque international (Berlin, 9-11 déc. 2015). Berlin: Excellence-Cluster TOPOI.
  • Benz M., Gresky J., Štefanisko D., ALARASHI H., Knipper C., Purschwitz C., Bauer J. & Gebel H.G.K. 2019. Burying power: New insights into incipient leadership in the Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic from an outstanding burial at Ba‘ja, southern Jordan. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0221171 [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221171]
  • ALARASHI H., Ortiz A. & Molist M. 2018. Seashells on the riverside: Cowrie ornaments from the PPNB site of Tell Halula (Euphrates, Northern Syria). Quaternary International 490, pp. 98-112.
  • ALARASHI H. 2016. The ‘butterfly’ beads of the Levant: socio-cultural and economic implications during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26/3, pp. 493-512.

Hala Alarashi

My research focuses on the symbolic expressions of the human groups that have lived in various regions of the Near East and North East of Africa and evolved according to different rhythms and mechanisms of Neolithisation. I investigate the impact of the ideological and cultural shifts on the technological innovations and the socioeconomic relations through an integrated multidisciplinary approach – techno-functional, spatial and material sourcing – applied on body ornaments (beads and pendants, necklaces, belts, etc.) made of biogenic and mineral materials found in burials, habitat and workshops.

I am currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow (MSCA-IF 2020-2022) working with the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) group at the IMF-CSIC in Barcelona. I am conducting the project PRECIOUS: « Making and wearing semi-PRECIOUS stone beads in the Near East and the Nile Valley during the Neolithic: A biographical perspective and microwear approach ». The project focuses on reconstructing the manufacturing processes and on defining the patterns of use of Neolithic stone beads. It aims thereby at identifying the technical mastery in stone bead crafts and accordingly, the identities of the individuals or groups involved in the production and consuming systems.

Selection of international publications for the last five years

  • ALARASHI H. accepted. New insights into the technological management of the Neolithic cowrie beads in the Levant: An experimental and traceological approach. In Hamon C., Maigrot Y. & Beyries S. (eds.), Beyond use-wear traces: Tools and people. Actes du colloque International AWRANA (29 mai-1 juin 2018). Leiden: Sidestone press.
  • ALARASHI H. accepted. Neolithic ornaments in Northern Mesopotamia and the Levant: Between inherited traditions and novelties. In Hansen S., Klimscha F. & Renn J. (eds.), Prehistoric Networks in the Longue Durée: Palaeolithic Innovations enabling the Neolithic Revolution. Actes du colloque international (Berlin, 9-11 déc. 2015). Berlin: Excellence-Cluster TOPOI.
  • Benz M., Gresky J., Štefanisko D., ALARASHI H., Knipper C., Purschwitz C., Bauer J. & Gebel H.G.K. 2019. Burying power: New insights into incipient leadership in the Late Pre-Pottery Neolithic from an outstanding burial at Ba‘ja, southern Jordan. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0221171 [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221171]
  • ALARASHI H., Ortiz A. & Molist M. 2018. Seashells on the riverside: Cowrie ornaments from the PPNB site of Tell Halula (Euphrates, Northern Syria). Quaternary International 490, pp. 98-112.
  • ALARASHI H. 2016. The ‘butterfly’ beads of the Levant: socio-cultural and economic implications during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26/3, pp. 493-512.