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Science Research

Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry

This new research line involves the study of rocks and minerals using mineralogical and geological characterization techniques. The idea is to establish where supplies of these resources were sourced and how they were exploited during the Neolithic period. The research line covers the Gavà Mines project and the El Argar genealogy and networks project (MINECO).

This research is framed in that of the consolidated MINRESOUR (mineral resources, applications and sustainability) research group recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (SGR 1661). Museum participants in this research line are Marc Campeny and Yael Díaz Acha.

Associated articles:

  • Diaz-Acha, Y., Campeny, M., Melgarejo, J. C., Bosch, J., Andreazini, A., Pástor, M., Pujol-Solà, N., Torró, L., Villanova-De Benavent, C., Castillo-Oliver, M., Lehbib, S., Camprubí, A., Proenza, J. A., Amores, S., Xu, J., Farré, J.,  2018: Geological context and origin of the mineralizations of the històric and prehistòric iron mines in the Gavà area, Catalonia, NE Iberian Peninsula. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana (en premsa).
  • Diaz-Acha, Y., Melgarejo, J. C., Bosch, J., Andreazini, A., Pástor, M., Pujol-Solà, N., Campeny, M., Torró, L., Villanova-De Benavent, C., Castillo-Oliver, M., Lehbib, S., Camprubí, A., Proenza, J. A.,  2018: The Neolithic variscite mines of Gavà, Catalonia, NE Iberian Peninsula: criteria for mineral exploration and exploitation in the Prehistory. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana (en premsa).
  • Díez‐Pastor, J. F.,  Jorge‐Villar, S. E., Arnaiz‐González, A., García‐Osorio, C. I.,  Diaz-Acha, Y., Campeny, M., Bosch, J., Melgarejo, J. C., 2018: Machine learning algorithms applied to Raman spectra for the identification of variscite originating from the mining complex of Gavà.  Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2018: 1-12.