Ivan Briz Godino

Investigador “M. Zambrano”. ERAAUB-IAUB. UB.

Investigador del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina.

Associated Research. Dept. of Archaeology. University of York (United Kingdom).

ORCID: 000-0002-6262-9360
Scopus: 23097231600
Email: ibrizgodino@gmail.com

Short biography

Geography and History Degree (1996) with Honors (2001), and PhD, and Msa. in Prehistoric Archeology (2004 and 2005) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Visiting Lecturer at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua-Mga (1996).

MEC-Postdoctoral researcher at the University of York-UK (2007-2008).

Associate researcher at the University of York-UK (since 2009).

ICREA-Junior Researcher at the Institució Milà i Fontanals-CSIC (2009-2013).

Senior researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina-CONICET (since 2014).

Member of the Comisión de Historia i el Comité de Arqueología del Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia-IPGH (since 2013).

Full Professor on General Social History at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego-Argentina (2014-2018).

P. Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at the DRCLAS at Harvard University (2019-2020).

Research interests

I have been always fascinated by coastal and island environments. Thus, I have focused my research on hunter-fishergatherer societies, especially in archaeological contexts from Americas. To understand these complex landscapes, I have always worked interdisciplinarily, with different methodologies, but focused on answering historical and social questions: from the possibilities of ethnoarchaeology combined with Agent Based Modelling, to the analysis of Holocene climate changes in the South Atlantic and its incidende in the Human groups of Tierra del Fuego. in the last years, I focused my research on the analysis of cooperative social strategies as a response to contexts of crisis or uncertainty in hunter-gatherer groups, from archeology and ethnohistory. Currently, at the IAUB, I tryng to contribute with all this experience in ABM and Machine Learning, to explore funerary contexts from Teotihuacan, with special relevance of women’s role. 

Selected publications

  • Álvarez, M., Briz, I., Pal, N., Bas, M. & Lacrouts, A. (2020), Climatic change and human-marine interactions in the uttermost tip of South America in Late Holocene, Quaternary International. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.007

  • Briz, I., Ahedo, V., Álvarez, M., Pal, N., Turnes, L., Santos, J.I., Zurro, D., Caro, J. & Galán, J.M. (2018), Hunter–gatherer mobility and technological landscapes in southernmost South America: a statistical learning approach, Royal Society: Open Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180906.

  • Pereda, M., Zurro, D., Santos, J., Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Caro, J. & Galán, J. (2017), Emergence an Evolution of Cooperation under Resource Pressure, Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep4557

  • Briz, I., Santos, J., Galán, J., Caro, J., Álvarez, M. & Zurro, D. (2014), Social cooperation and resource management dynamics among late hunter-fisher-gatherer societies in Tierra del Fuego (South America), Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 21(2): 343-363.

  • Madella, M., Kovács, G., Kulcsarne-Berzsenyi, B. & Briz, I. (eds.). (2013), The Archaeology of Household, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Selected projects

  • 2019-2022. Social innovation, environmental impact and palaeoclimatic changes in the Atlantic Coast of Tierra del Fuego in the later Holocene. Funding Institution: CONICET (Argentina).

  • 2015-2016. Palaeoenvironment and Aquatic Landscape in America. Funding Institution: Panamerican Institute of Geography and History. (México).

  • 2011-2017. Aggregation and cooperation in the Yámana hunter-fisher-gatherer society (Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), into: “Social and Environmental Transitions: Simulating the Past to Understand Human Behaviour (SimulPast)”. Funding Institution: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spanish Government).

  • 2010-2013. Anthropic markers of social relationships: Ethnoarchaeology of hunter- gatherer in the Beagle Channel. Funding Institution: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spanish Government).

  • 2009-2012. Social aggregation: a Yámana Society’s short-term episode to Analyse Social Interaction. Funding Institution: The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (USA).

Fieldwork Supervision 

  • Archaeological surveys on the Atlantic Coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego (Argentina): the Teis and Lasems territories of the Selk’nam nation. 

    We search for sites and palaeo-coastal lines to explore the entire hunter-gatherer presence, as well as paleoenvironmental oscillations, throughout the Holocene. 


  • Archaeological excavations in Lasems I. 

    Lasems I is a characteristic shell-midden of the insular world of Tierra del Fuego, with a huge stratigraphy and different settlement’s moments throughout the Holocene (last settlement: 222+21BP).