Staff Profile:Dr Marta Portillo Ramirez

Areas of Interest:
  • Archaeobotany
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Microarchaeology
  • Near Eastern archaeology
Research groups / Centres:

Centre for Past Climate Change

Postgraduate supervision:

She currently co-supervises research at the Master in 'Quaternary: Environmental Change and Human Ecological Footprint' at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU):

. Luz de Luna Erraiz Batzin: Early Neolithic grinding stones in NE Iberia (co-supervisor: Dr Xavier Terradas [MF-CSIC]).

Marta is happy to discuss proposals for future postgraduate and postdoctoral research in any area of: Prehistoric and Protohistoric Near Eastern and Western Mediterranean microarchaeology and archaeobotany, including in: early agriculture and sedentism, environment and landscapes; material engagement and technological behaviours; as well as ethnoarchaeology, experimental and interdisciplinary approaches. For further information, please contact Dr Marta Portillo

Key Facts:

Marta is a researcher studying human-environment interactions and the developments of cultural, economic and technological behaviours in the Western Mediterranean and the Near East. She pursues these questions by analyzing microfossil evidence preserved in the archaeological record, primarily from phytoliths and dung microremains, in integration with other geoarchaeological methods, as well as experimental and ethnoarchaeological models.

Three main research lines have been followed in her research in the last years: a) hunter-gatherer plant exploitation, where research has focussed on human-environment interactions on the threshold of early food-producers in the Levant and the little investigated northern Africa; b) the origins and spread of agriculture and early sedentism in the Near East and southern Caucasus; and c) the developments of more complex Protohistoric and modern farming communities.

She has conducted postdoctoral research in different teams of Archaeology, Archaeometry, Geography, Environmental and Soil Sciences, at the University College London (2007-2009), University of Barcelona (2009-2013), Freie University Berlin (2013), and University of the Basque Country (2014-2015). She has extensive ethnoarchaeological fieldwork experience in the Near East and Eastern Maghreb. At present she is leading the MICROARCHAEODUNG Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie project at the University of Reading with Dr Wendy Matthews.

Marta is a founder member of the International Committee for Phytolith Morphometry (ICPM), appointed by the board of the International Phytolith Society (IPS) to establish methodological standards for the discipline since 2011. In 2015 she joined the IPS board as elected secretary. She has also served as elected secretary of the Catalan Association of Bioarchaeology (ACBA) from 2010 to 2014.

More information and publications can be found at Marta Portillo ResearchGate

ORCID iD 0000-0002-2703-031X

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