Ferran Borrell

Ferran Borrell
Spanish National Research Council | CSIC · Institució Milà i Fontanals (Archaeology & Anthropology)

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November 2014 - July 2015
Centre de Recherche Français à Jérusalem (CRFJ-CNRS)
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November 2013 - July 2014
Centre de Recherche Français à Jerusalem (CRFJ-CNRS)
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December 2011 - July 2013
Autonomous University of Barcelona
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Publications (122)
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Since its discovery in the 1980s, Nahal Hemar Cave has been interpreted as a cult site where ceremonies were performed, as indicated by the extremely selected and highly symbolic repertoire of objects found in the cave (e.g., stone masks, modelled skulls, bone figurines, etc.). The finds, dated to the 8th millennium cal. BC and assigned to the Pre-...
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A synthetic history of human land use Humans began to leave lasting impacts on Earth's surface starting 10,000 to 8000 years ago. Through a synthetic collaboration with archaeologists around the globe, Stephens et al. compiled a comprehensive picture of the trajectory of human land use worldwide during the Holocene (see the Perspective by Roberts)....
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The commonly held belief that the emergence and establishment of farming communities in the Levant was a smooth socio-economic continuum during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic (ca. 12,000-9,000 cal BP) with only rare minor disruptions is challenged by recently obtained evidence from this region. Using a database of archaeological radiocarbon dates and di...
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Mining has commonly been thought of as hard manual labour undertaken by the lower echelon of a hierarchical society, but was this always the case? Recent excavations of the variscite mines at Gavà have revealed burials contemporary with the peak of mining activity that represent a community of miners exploiting the subterranean resources for trade...
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The development of the economic activities inherent to the establishment of Neolithic farming activities entails an increasing technical specialization. This is often visible through the exploitation of specific resources, the development of suitable techniques for the manufacture of consumption goods as well as new ways of using and consuming them...
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The introduction and spread of the Neolithic “way of life” in Europe was a process that took several millennia, followed by different rhythms and displayed singularities in each geographic area. It was therefore a very complex phenomenon that, despite highly significant advances in research in recent decades, is yet to be fully understood. To deepe...
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The introduction and spread of the Neolithic “way of life” in Europe was a process that took several millennia, followed by different rhythms and displayed singularities in each geographic area. It was therefore a very complex phenomenon that, despite highly significant advances in research in recent decades, is yet to be fully understood. To deepe...
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Nahal Efe is one of the largest and best-preserved Pre-Pottery Neolithic B sites in the Negev, with architectural remains preserved up to more than one metre high. Extensive excavation has revealed a cluster of semi-subterranean, relatively large, sub-circular stone buildings located on different levels. The chipped stone assemblage recovered in on...
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This article presents the results of the techno-typological and use-wear analyses and contextualization of the Nahal Hemar knives from PPNB Kharaysin. The assemblage is the third largest of this enigmatic and rare tool type in the southern Levant and presents several interesting peculiarities. Almost all the knives were found in two concentrations...
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In the Neolithic Gavà mines, variscite and turquoise were exploited for ornaments manufacturing, although some prospective pits and tunnels were dug on other similar greenish minerals such as smectite or kandite. A 3D study of the distribution of mineral phases allows us to determine the parameters involved in variscite colours. Methods are compris...
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En aquest article es presenten els resultats de les excavacions als jaciments neolítics de Kharaysin (Jordània) i Nahal Efe (Israel). Es tracta de dos jaciments molt rellevants per estudiar el procés de neolitització a la Mediterrània oriental, que permeten contraposar dues realitats econòmiques i culturals ben diferents, un gran poblat neolític de...
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The subterranean mines of Gavà were among the main sources of variscite exploited and distributed in the West Mediterranean basin during the Middle Neolithic (1st half of the 4th millennium BC). The recent excavations of three mines (83, 84 and 85) at the Ferreres sector shed new light not only on the economic aspects, but also on an unknown ritual...
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During the Early Neolithic in the Near East, particularly from the mid ninth millennium cal BC onwards, human iconography became more widespread. Explanations for this development, however, remain elusive. This article presents a unique assemblage of flint artefacts from the Middle Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (eighth millennium BC) site of Kharaysin in...
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The Pre-Pottery to Pottery Neolithic transition (PPN to PN) in the Levant represents a key moment in the cultural evolution of the early farming societies in the Near East, witnessing the evolution from emerging to consolidated farming systems. The renewed excavations at Beisamoun reveal the importance of the site for reconstructing this transition...
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The preliminary study of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) chipped stone industries from Kharaysin (Zarqa Valley, North Jordan) sheds light on key aspects of lithic production during a period, the second half of the 9th millennium and the first quarter of the 8th millennium cal. BC, that remains poorly understood in the Southern Levant. The result...
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This conference aims to be a meeting of researchers studying the Early Neolithic in Europe and surroundings areas, in relation with the neolithisation process in the continent. This process followed different rhythms and presented singularities in each geographic area, and was therefore a very complex phenomenon. In order to address this scientif...
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Barremian-Bedoulian flint from the Vaucluse region (western Provence, SE France), is traditionally considered one of the most significant chrono-cultural markers of the Chassé en culture during the Middle Neolithic (end of the 5 th and beginning of the 4 th millennium BC). Diffusion of Provençal flints became massive during the first half of the 4...
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The Gavà mines are among the main sources of extraction, production and distribution of variscite in Western Europe during the Middle Neolithic (1st half of the 4th millennium BC). Recent excavations at Ferreres sector of Gavà shed new light not only on these economic aspects, but also on an unknown ritual and symbolic dimension. Indeed, two burial...
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The archaeological record of the Western Sahara remains extremely fragmentary, with very few sites systematically excavated. The excavation at Ashash rock shelter (Zemmur region) has provided, for the first time in the region, the evidence of superimposition of two prehistoric occupations that have been radiocarbon dated to the early 9th millennium...
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Electric resistivity tomography (ERT) prospection conducted at the Pre‐Pottery Neolithic site at Kharaysin, Jordan, building on previous surface prospection and excavation, found a number of new sub‐surface anomalies. Subsequent excavations determined that the anomalies corresponded with the stone walls of habitation structures and possibly terrace...
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Cet article présente un état des lieux actualisé des origines, de la diffusion et de la variabilité de la technologie laminaire bipolaire durant le Néolithique précéramique B dans l’aile occidentale du Croissant fertile. Les recherches confirment que son apparition aux alentours de 8900-8800 cal. BCE dans la moyenne vallée de l’Euphrate marque un c...
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This paper aims to provide an updated summary and chronology of the last stages of the evolutionary history of bidirectional blade technology in three different regions and ecosystems in the Levant: the Middle Euphrates Valley in the Northern Levant, the Syrian Desert (El Kowm and Douara basins) and Galilee in the Southern Levant. Our comparative a...
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In the context of the so-called ‘Sepulcros de Fosa’ culture, abundant funerary evidence exists in northeastern Iberia. These burials usually contain grave goods characterized by objects made elsewhere in technological contexts specialized in the manufacturing of specific products near the raw material sources. This is the case of blade and bladelet...
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Résumé : Depuis les travaux archéologiques de la deuxième partie du XXe siècle, le parallélisme et les possibles relations entre les « cultures archéologiques » du Chasséen et des « Sepulcres de fossa » de la Catalogne comme paradigmatiques du Néolithique moyen de l’Europe Occidentale, ont été soulevés et analysés par des chercheurs comme J. Maluqu...
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The ‘Nahal Efe project’ is a Spanish-Israeli joint initiative launched in 2015. Its aim is to improve understanding of the settlement history of the Negev during the Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB), a period when small-scale mobile foraging groups exploited both highlands and lowlands, probably on a seasonal basis (e.g. Bar-Yosef 1984; Goring- Morri...
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This article discusses contact, social relationships, and social organization between sites at the end of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic in the Euphrates valley; all of which are of high importance for reconstructing and modelling social organization in consolidated agricultural villages. Our analysis has succeeded in identifying a complex range of over...
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Caserna de Sant Pau del Camp is one of the earliest Neolithic settlements in Northeast Iberia and represents the occupation of coastal areas by the first farming communities in the region. It is located in the city center of Barcelona and displays a continuous Early Neolithic occupational sequence from Cardial to Postcardial Neolithic during nearly...