Mountain archaeology

Landscape Archaeology Research Group

We are among the most experienced European teams working on mountain archaeology, in particular in high mountain areas (above 2000 m.a.s.l.). Since 2004 we have conducted research in high mountain areas in Catalonia, Andorra and France: Cadí Range, Núria and Coma de Vaca valleys, Cerdenya, Madriu-Perafita-Claror valleys (Andorra), Mont Lozère (France); medium mountain areas in Catalonia, such as the Montseny massif; and the low coastal mountains of the Garraf massif (Catalonia) and Eastern Crete (Greece).

Test pit digging at Molleres site (La Cerdanya) at 2500 m.a.s.l.

Our research on mountain archaeology is highly multidisciplinary and usually includes the integration of photointerpretation, extensive pedestrian survey, trench excavation, high-resolution multiproxy palaeoenvironmental analyses, archaeozoology and archaeobotany. We use hundreds of radiocarbon dates to correlate the excavation and palaeoenvironmental data accurately to be able to investigate long-term human-environment dynamics.