HUM-065: GEA- Material Culture and Social Identity in Late Prehistory of Southern Iberia

The group was created with the aim of researching and managing prehistoric heritage. Two central elements are the basis of its work: on the one hand, the interest in promoting and advancing both basic research and the social use of the knowledge generated, and on the other, the field of study, centred on the prehistoric societies of the south of the Iberian Peninsula which, except for the spatial variability inherent to these societies, corresponds fundamentally to the current territory of Andalusia.

The plural, participatory and open to reflection and debate character are the hallmarks of the group, which is firmly committed to quality research and dissemination.

General objectives

Excellence in research is the main and inalienable objective of the research group. This purpose implies the continuous renewal of the discipline, facilitating theoretical and epistemological re-examination and stimulating the development of new procedures and techniques for the analysis of archaeological materiality. Likewise, excellence implies the unavoidable participation in national and international congresses and the publication of research results in journals of recognised international prestige subject to demanding evaluation processes. Only through these procedures will it be possible to expose our research to a critical mass which, in the form of a scientific community, must qualify the quality of the knowledge generated.

Excellence goes hand in hand with another central objective: the internationalisation of knowledge. Overcoming the localisms that in our opinion afflict an important part of the research generated on the basis of Andalusian archaeological heritage is another of our aims. In this way, we are committed to the participation and promotion of the international channels that the scientific community has created for itself. Furthermore, the growing international and multidisciplinary dimension of knowledge requires interaction with other fields and research institutions, creating the necessary bridges to facilitate collaboration in specific projects, the training of specialised personnel and the maximum use of available resources.

Finally, the research group is committed to open access to knowledge and, in particular, to all the results obtained with public budgets, as established at European level by the Berlin Declaration of 2003 and, more recently for the countries of southern Europe, the Alhambra Declaration of May 2010. In this way, and without prejudice to the different publishing policies, free access to the publications and knowledge generated in the development of the group's own activities will be promoted.

The main lines of research are the following:

- Changing the pace. New proposals for the analysis of Argaric societies.

- The megalithic phenomenon in the south of the Iberian Peninsula.

- Sites in "negative". Societies from the VI-III millennium in the Vega de Granada and the Guadalquivir Valley.

- Temporality and chronology. New perspectives in the study of radiocarbon dating.

- The use of the past in the construction of identities and cultural landscapes of the present.

- Archaeology of women and gender relations.

- Archaeology of childhood.

- Ethnoarchaeology for a critical study of material culture. Dialogues and participant observation.

- Archaeometallurgy in the recent prehistory of the South of the Iberian Peninsula.

- Amber studies in the recent prehistory of Europe.

- Reflection on the theoretical construction of historical knowledge. Cultural diversity and heterogeneity in prehistoric societies.

- Biographical analysis of prehistoric materiality.

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