Lluís Lloveras

Lluís Lloveras
University of Barcelona | UB · Department of History and Archaeology

PhD

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March 2013 - March 2015
University of Leicester
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (74)
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Simple Summary: This study aims to analyse variations in the morphology of the calcaneum among sheep and goats based upon two-dimensional geometric morphometrics (GM). According to our results, clear interspecific differences in the morphology of this bone were extracted. The use of GM methods has enabled us to assess small but significant amounts...
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Bird remains recovered from two trial pits and a rubbish dump dated from the 14th to 19th centuries AD at the Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes in Barcelona (northeast Spain) are studied. The variety of avian taxa is low, with domestic fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus) clearly dominating the assemblage. The age at death and the sex profile data s...
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This work presents the first remains of a peacock (Pavo cristatus Linnaeus 1758) discovered in an archaeological context in Catalonia. It is a well‐preserved animal (14 remains of an adult female) located in medieval levels – datable to the 13th century (1210‐1278 cal. AD) at the site of Carrer de Sotstinent Navarro, in the city of Barcelona. We pr...
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La Serreta site (Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona province) was excavated between 2009 and 2010, as a result of a preventive intervention after the works conducted to renew different access to the AP-7 highway in the area of Alt Penedès. During the archaeological fieldworks a total of 89 structures were excavated, dated between the ancient Cardial...
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In this paper we present the results obtained in the analysis of the faunal remains recovered from balma del barranc de la Fontanella site (Vilafranca, Els Ports, Castelló) during the archaeological works conducted between 2011 and 2015. The data are preliminary since part of the sample is still under analysis. Here, we focus on different sized mam...
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RESUMEN: En este estudio se analiza el papel de las aves en el yacimiento paleolítico de A Valiña (Castroverde, Lugo), concretamente de los restos recuperados en el nivel IV (31.600 ± 250 BP). Los estudios taxonómico y tafonómico nos indican un conjunto muy diverso, que nos remite a un entorno mixto, con espacios abiertos pero con la presencia de b...
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Objective: To provide prevalence data for future comparative analysis of the health status of rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) accumulated in the archaeological record. Materials: Two contrasting assemblages were analysed for pathological and sub-pathological changes: 1) an assemblage of domestic modern rabbit bones; and 2) a non-anthropogenic ac...
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Balma del Gai site is a small rock shelter situated in the municipality of Moià (Barcelona, Spain) at an altitude of 760 m above sea level and 50 km from the current coastline. The levels of occupation in this context are dated between 13,442 cal BP and 9,552 cal BP, being related to the so-denominated “Epimagdalenian” and “Microlaminar Sauveterroi...
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A large number of carnivore species, mostly terrestrial mammals and raptors, predate on small prey. These predators, whether through predation or scavenging, are recurrent sources of bone accumulations. Because carnivore nests or dens often occupied the same caves and rock shelters as human settlements, their prey remains are accumulated in the sam...
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L’any 2020, el Reial Monestir de Pedralbes ha posat en marxa un ambiciós projecte de recuperació de l’Hort Petit del Monestir, amb l’objectiu de recuperar l’estructura històrica i tornar a posar en funcionament una producció hortícola amb finalitats museístiques i formatives. Paral·lelament, s’ha iniciat un projecte d’estudi de la dieta de la comun...
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During the Gravettian, Arbreda Cave was frequently occupied by hunter‐gatherer communities. Within this period, the archaeological levels E (Iberian Middle Gravettian) and D (Final Gravettian), dated to c. 26‐20 kyr ¹⁴C BP, are of particular interest, since fieldwork carried out during the 1980s revealed dense accumulations of archaeological materi...
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During the Final Gravettian, the Reclau Caves (northeast Iberia) were intensively occupied by hunter‐gatherer communities. The study of residential level D (c. 25.4–19.7 kyr bp) of Arbreda Cave offers a new view of subsistence strategies of communities which inhabited the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, a transition region between the steppe‐tu...
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En este trabajo se estudian las fases finales del Paleolítico superior, en los yacimientos más meridionales de Catalunya. Se parte de los asentamientos situados en el valle del Montsant (Tarragona) y después se estudian los otros yacimientos de la provincia de Tarragona que presentan las mismas características. Para ello incidimos, especialmente, e...
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The importance of small prey exploitation in Palaeolithic and Epipalaeolithic hunter-gatherer communities is being re-evaluated thanks to the proliferation of experimental and neotaphonomic studies. A special interest has been devoted to leporid remains, what is evident from the significant number of new referential studies that have been recently...
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Intensification in the procurement of small game, including different taxa of birds, has been proposed as one of the indicators of dietary shifts occurring in western Mediterranean regions during the Upper Palaeolithic as a consequence of both increased human hunting pressures and environmental change. In this paper, avian remains recovered from th...
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During the Last Glacial cycle (from MIS-4 to MIS-2), the isthmic Pyrenees mountain range acted as a biogeographical barrier, effectively restricting faunal exchanges to its western and eastern terminations. The study of the composition of megaherbivore communities has revealed the transitional character of the Cantabrian region (northwest Iberian P...
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The study of human subsistence strategies in prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities is essential to understanding the evolution of human behaviour. An important topic of interest is the expansion of dietary breadth, resulting in the procurement of a larger number of small game species. However, to make accurate interpretations of human subsistence...
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Balma del Gai (Moià, Barcelona) is an Epipalaeolithic archaeological site that provides one of the most significant archaeological records of hunter-gatherers living in the northeast of Iberia during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. Its faunal record evidences a very diverse spectrum of hunted species and particularly an increase in the number...
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Arbreda Cave is one of the most important sites in the Reclau Caves complex (Serinyà, NE Iberian Peninsula). Its stratigraphy reveals that the cave was intensively occupied during the Upper Palaeolithic. As in other archaeological sites in the western Mediterranean regions, a shift towards an intensification in small prey exploitation has been obse...
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Coastal archaeological sites identified in Northeast Iberia (Catalonia) belonging to late Upper Palaeolitihc and Epipalaeolithic/Mesolithic periods are practically non-existent. Different reasons have been historically proposed to explain this situation, such as coastline fluctuations due to climate or intensive human occupation and destruction of...
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The Gravettian covers a long period characterised by widely fluctuating climatic conditions that led to a diversity of subsistence strategies, which extended from the Iberian Atlantic coast to Siberia. Within this vast area, the northeast of Iberia acted as a transitional territory, between steppe-tundra in the northern regions and Iberian wooded s...
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In Mediterranean Europe during the Pleistocene–Holocene, transition changes in the intensification of small prey exploitation by humans are detected. In the NE of the Iberian Peninsula, these changes are mainly evidenced by an increase in the number of rabbit remains, normally exceeding the 90% of the recovered animal specimens. The archaeological...
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The open air site of Montlleó (Prats i Sansor, Lérida, Spain) was discovered in 1998 and has been excavated since 2000 by a multidisciplinary team from the SERP research group, University of Barcelona. The presence of lithic and bone industries, as well as shell ornaments, have shown the importance of the site for hunter-gatherer Magdalenian groups...
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The aim of this paper was to use geometric morphometrics to study the skull sexual dimorphism of toy rabbits, which present paedomorphic (babyness) traits comparing data with those from agriotype (ancestor), Oryctolagus cuniculus. For this purpose, we examined 43 post-weaned corpses belonging to wild rabbit (n=22, 7 ♂ and 15 ♀, 1295.6 ± 333.8 kg of...
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The results obtained in the analysis of faunal remains recovered from the Palaeolithic site of A Valiña have been widely published. These studies have furnished information concerning the taxonomical spectrum and anatomical distribution of remains, as well as about the activity of large carnivores as agents responsible for bone accumulations in the...
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The Middle Palaeolithic avifaunal assemblage recovered from level I (c. 40 ka) of Arbreda Cave (northern Iberia) includes a high diversity of birds. The most abundant taxa are cliff-dwelling species represented mostly by choughs (Pyrrhocorax spp.) and pigeons (Columba livia). Forest species, especially corvids, are also well represented. Taphonomic...
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Dietary shifts occurred in western Mediterranean regions during the Upper Palaeolithic as consequence of increased human hunting pressures as well as environmental changes. Intensification in small game procurement, including different taxa of birds, has been pointed out as one of the indicators of these changes. In this paper, avian remains recove...
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Studies of the feeding ecology of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) demonstrate that leporids, mostly European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), dominate their diet in regions where they are present. The remains of wildcats have been found at Pleistocene and Holocene archaeological sites, raising the possibility that they actively ac...
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Es permet la generació d'obres derivades sempre que no s'en faci un ús comercial. Tampoc es pot utilitzar l'obra original amb finalitats comercials. En qualsevol explotació de l'obra autoritzada per la llicència caldrà reconèixer l'autoria. Se permite la generación de obras derivadas siempre que no se haga un uso comercial. Tampoco se puede utiliza...
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The golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the most important birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. This raptor is used to building large nests in high cliffs to which they return for several breeding years accumulating important amounts of their prey skeletal remains. This makes the golden eagle one of the major predators able to accumulat...
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While the bones of domestic cats (Felis catus) are recovered from archaeological sites in Iberia routinely, they are rarely subjected to detailed analysis. Consequently, there is limited understanding of the nature of cat-human relations, especially in contrast to northern European regions. In this paper we present a unique assemblage of 899 cat bo...
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Dans ce travail nous étudions les continuités et les changements qui marquent le passage du Magdalénien final vers l’Épipaléolithique dans le NE ibérique. Nous allons caractériser l’« Épimagdalénien » en s’appuyant sur l’analyse de huit gisements et sur l’étude des industries lithiques, sur l’économie et sur les objets d’art mobilier. En s’appuyant...
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To investigate dietary patterns, collagen stable isotope ratios (δ 13 C and δ 15 N) were measured from fauna (n = 21) and humans (n = 23) from a rescue excavation at the Roman site (1st to 4th c. AD) of Carrer Ample 1 in Barcelona, Spain. The adult human results (δ 13 C = −18.9 ± 0.3‰; δ 15 N = 11.1 ± 0.4‰) indicate a C 3 terrestrial diet based on...
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In the western Mediterranean, changes in hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies have been identified from the Early Upper Palaeolithic. These changes are characterized by broadening of diet and intensification of small prey exploitation. In the Iberian Peninsula region, intensified small prey exploitation is evidenced by the hunting of large quanti...
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GEOMETRIC MORPHOMETRICS. TRENDS IN BIOLOGY, PALEOBIOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY
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Experimental research in osteoarchaeology its been demonstrated to be a very effective tool to contrast interpretation made of the fossil record. In this paper we present the results of our experimental study, with the objective to clarify the origin of cut marks located in archaeological appendicular bones of European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus...
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This paper publishes for the first time the results of the excavations conducted at L’Hort de la Boquera site (Margalef de Montsant, Tarragona). This site is included in the research project we began in 1979 on the prehistoric settlement of the middle course of the Montsant River. We present the results obtained with respect to the lithic industrie...
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Terrasses de la Riera dels Canyars (Gavà, Barcelona, Spain) is an Upper Pleistocene fluvial deposit dated to 39.6 cal. ka BP with a few Aurignacian stone tools. Faunal remains recovered in this site contained, apart from large mammals, an important assemblage of leporid remains. This taxon (especially the European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus) is...
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The shell remains recovered at the ancient Neolithic site of Caserna de Sant Pau (Barcelona) are characterized by a large number of elements of the genus Glycymeris, many of them eroded by wave action. It is therefore surmised that the main part of the archaeomalaco-logical record does not have an alimentary origin. Comparison with current taphonom...
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RESUMEN: Los restos de conchas recuperados en el yacimiento neolítico de la Caserna de Sant Pau del Camp (Barcelona) se caracterizan por un gran número de elementos del género Glycy-meris, muchos de ellos rodados por la actividad del mar. Por lo tanto, la mayor parte del regis-tro arqueomalacológico no tiene un origen alimentario. La comparación co...
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a b s t r a c t The recording of digestion corrosion damage on the surface of archaeological skeletal remains is an important variable to take into account in taphonomic analyses. Different kinds of predators produce digestion damage of variable intensity. Consequently, digestion is one of the most distinctive features used to identify the agents o...
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The Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is an important leporid remains accumulator at archaeological sites. Taphonomical studies of modern leporid remains from nest assemblages of this nocturnal raptor aim to establish the main characteristics that define the taphonomic signature of Eagle Owls in order to distinguish them from that of other leporid predators, n...
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The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a generalist predator, but in areas where the abundance of rabbits is high, they constitute one of the most common prey species. Taphonomic studies on leporid remains consumed by this terrestrial carnivore are scarce, and its role as an agent responsible for bone accumulations in the fossil record is not fully underst...
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The aim of this paper is to describe the results of a study of the terrestrial gastropods recovered at the Epipalaeolithic site Balma del Gai, and comparing it with other Upper Palaeolithic and Epipalaeolithic samples from the Mediterranean region of the Iberian Peninsula. Balma del Gai is located in north-eastern Spain, in the municipality of Moià...
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In the Iberian Peninsula, leporids, and specifically rabbits, play a key role in the understanding of hunter-gatherer economies. They appear to have been especially important in the Tardiglacial, when large numbers of small prey animals and of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in particular, are a ubiquitous feature of faunal assemblages...
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Distinguishing leporid bones accumulated by humans and other kind of predators becomes imperative to accurately understand human subsistence activities in the past, specially in the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region where these taxa are very abundant. Over the last years we have conducted several actualistic studies with modem leporid...
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Case study: old mare, height to the withers 120,3 cm (factors MAY) Site: Can Roqueta II (Barcelona, Spain) Chronology: 725-575 BC Location: inhumation from pit CRII 811, complete horse skeleton in anatomical connection Pathologies and their diagnosis: Possible use as draught (exostosis in the glenoid cavity of the scapula and on the palmaro-medial...