Bàrbara Mas

Investigadora predoctoral (Programa de doctorat Societat i Cultura, Universitat de Barcelona

ORCID: 0000-0003-2920-638X
Scopus: 57204124649
Email: masbarbara@ub.edu

Short biography

I am PhD candidate (FI-AGAUR) in Prehistory, at the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Barcelona (UB) (Spain). I am researcher of the Seminari d’Estudis i Recerques Prehistòriques (SERP-UB) and the Institut d’Arqueologia de la Universitat de Barcelona (IAUB). I graduated in Archaeology from the University of Barcelona (2011-2016), and I graduated in Quaternary Archaeology and Human Evolution (2016-2018), University of Rovira and Virgili (URV) and Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES-CERCA). I have ten years experience of Archaeologist. I worked in different prehistoric and historical contexts in collaboration with Catalan (Servei d’Arqueologia i Paleontologia, University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Girona, IPHES-URV) and European (University of Ferrara, Italy, and University of Molise, Italy) institutions and universities.

My research focuses on charcoal analysis (anthracology), spatial archaeology (territory-settlement – GIS) and modelling of past landscapes (ecological niches of Mediterranean tree taxa – MaxEnt), analyzing the Late Upper Palaeolithic to the Early Bronze Age contexts from the NE Iberian Peninsula. My research focuses on human behaviour, mainly on human-environment interactions through two main perspectives: palaeoenvironmental restitution and the exploitation of woody resources used as fuel.

Selected publications

  • Mas, B., Oms, F.X., Allué, E., 2022. Anthropogenic impacts on vegetation landscapes and environmental implications during the Middle-Late Holocene in the Iberian Central Pre-Pyrenees: An anthracological approach. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 300, 104624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2022.104624

  • Revelles, J., Allué, E., Alcolea, M., Antolín, F., Berihuete-Azorín, M., Expósito, I., Garay, B., Mas, B., Piqué, R., Obea, L., Val-Peón, C., Burjachs, F., 2022. Site formation processes, human activities and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from archaeobotanical records in cave and rock-shelter sites in NE Iberia. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 299, 104612. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2022.104612

  • Oms, F.X., Mestres, J., Martínez-Grau, H., Laborda, R., Antolín, F., Bergadà, M.M., Emens, A., Gibaja, J.F., González Olivares, C., Mangado, X., Martín, P., Mas, B., Nadal, J., Fullola, J.M., 2021. Fases de ocupación y estratigrafía del asentamiento neolítico de Les Guixeres de Vilobí (Sant Martí Sarroca, Barcelona). Trabajos de Prehistoria 78(2), 257-276. http://doi.org/10.3989/tp.2021.12275

  • Mas, B., Allué, E., Alonso, E.S., Vaquero, M., 2021. From forest to settlement: Magdalenian hunter-gatherer interactions with the wood vegetation environment based on anthracology and intra-site spatial distribution. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 13:12, 1-18. http://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01264-2

  • Allué, E., Mas, B., 2020. The meaning of Pinus sylvestris-type charcoal taphonomic markers in Palaeolithic sites in NE Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 30, 102231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102231

Selected projects

  • “Cambios ambientales, paisajísticos y adaptabilidad humana en un llano litoral mediterráneo durante el Holoceno: el sector de Montjuic en el pla de Barcelona (PALEOBARCINO-II)”, 2021-2024, PID2020-117186GB-I00, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government.

  • “El poblamiento del NE peninsular y su relación con el entorno natural durante el Pleistoceno superior y el Holoceno inicial”, 2021-2024, PID-2020-113960GB-100, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spanish Government.

  • SGR2017-00011 del Seminari d’Estudis i Recerques Prehistòriques (SERP), Universitat de Barcelona, Generalitat de Catalunya.

  • Projecte Quadriennal de Recerca en Arqueologia i Paleontologia (2018-2021): “Transicions culturals durant el Pleistocè superior i l’Holocè al litoral – Prelitoral central de Catalunya”. Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Cultura.

  • Projecte Quadriennal de Recerca en Arqueologia i Paleontologia (2018-2021): “Evolució paleoambiental i poblament prehistòric a les conques dels rius Francolí, Gaià, Siurana i rieres del Camp de Tarragona”. Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Cultura.