Miquel MOLIST MONTAÑA
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Miquel Molist Montaña (Manlleu, Barcelona, 1956), Professor of Prehistory at Autonomous University of Barcelona since 1988. I had been director of the National Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia (MAC) in 2000-2004. My academic training was conducted at the University of Barcelona and University of Lyon-2/ Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée (Eastern Prehistory PhD, 1986). In 2010 I was awarded with ICREA-Academia.
Since 1987 my research has been developed regarding the transition from the economy of hunter-gatherers to agricultural societies in the Mediterranean area. Featured twenty-five consecutive years of archaeological field works in the Near East (mainly Syria, Turkey, Cyprus) with an interdisciplinary research team and strong international collaboration with several Universities and Institutions. This strong field activity has generated an important set of publications in national and international journals and books.
The archaeological records of the first agricultural societies are diverse in a material and historical point of view. This heritage has been recovered thanks to fieldwork (archaeological excavation) and overall studies that have been essential to understand social, economic and historical interpretations related to Later Prehistory.
My research program is focused on the study and interpretation of the archaeological record and the analysis through material remains. The studies of space and architecture, flint knapping or pottery production are my areas of special interest and current work. These studies are specifically applied in fieldwork already carried out in Syria and Turkey (sites of Tell Halula, Akarcay tepe, Chagar Bazar).