IPHES recent research on past plant food, vegetation and climate are the main issues of a virtual seminar

Presentations on fuel, wildfires history in Barcelona, the use of caves as pens and one on the Mercat del Born have been presented

The people attending the seminar were connected from Barcelona, Mallorca, Germany, Portugal and Tarragona. IPHES


At IPHES (Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social), these disciplines are important and for these reason the Archaeobotany Seminar which reaches its third edition this year, is organized. As usual three sessions usually held in Spring are planned, but this year, the COVID-19 crisis has obliged to postpone two of them (field trip and a laboratory activity) to next autumn. However, the session devoted to the presentation of research work in progress or already completed has been carried out virtually. The people attending the seminar were connected from Barcelona, Mallorca, Germany, Portugal and Tarragona.

The presentations included different disciplines – IPHES

The presentations have been the following: the history of the vegetation at La Garrotxa from a pluridisciplinary perspective, presented by Jordi Revelles, Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher since 2019; a project on underground storage organs (edible tubers and roots), by Marian Berihuete-Azorín, who has recently joined IPHES with a Beatriu de Pinós (AGAUR) postdoctoral contract; Céline Kerfant talked about the earliest rope evidences made by Neanderthals with natural fibers; seasonality in pen deposits from the Neolithic and Bronze age at Cova Gran (Santa Linya, La Noguera), by Aitor Burguet-Coca, who is close to finish his PhD, supported by a Fundación Atapuerca Grant; the first outline on another PhD thesis, this time on paleoenvironmental reconstructions using anthracology, presented by Bàrbara Mas, that has just received a FI (AGAUR) grant at the Universitat de Barcelona; 26,000 years of fire history at the Araucania (Chile) regions using microcharcoal presented by Alia Pichicura, PhD student at URV; sedimentary microcharcoal to acquire further knowledge on the history of wildfires in Barcelona by Ana Pena, student at the Master on Archaeology and Quaternary (URV), and fuel at Modern age Barcelona based on the charcoal remains  from  Mercat del Born, by Sabrina Bianco, Erasmus trainee Fellow. This subject is built out from the project Paleobarcino directed by Professor Santiago Riera. It is noteworthy that this research, together with the one by Bàrbara Mas and Ana Pena, is developed in close collaboration with SERP (Seminari d’Estudis i Recerques Prehistòriques) from Universitat de Barcelona (UB) by the co-supervision with Professor Santiago Riera and Ethel Allué (IPHES-URV), the two firsts and with Professor Francesc Burjachs (ICREA-IPHES-URV), the latter.