Margarita Díaz-Andreu

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)


I am an ICREA Research Professor in Archaeology at the University of Barcelona. Previously, I held posts at the CSIC (1993-94), Complutense University of Madrid (1993-95) and Durham University (1996-2011), where I was a Reader. In the past I have served in many committees of national and international character; currently I am the vice-president of the History of Archaeology Commission of the IUPPS and a member of the Nomination Committee of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), the association for all professional archaeologists of Europe and beyond. I am often required to serve as an evaluator/referee of fellowships and publications. PI of the ‘Inter-Arq’ (HAR2016-80271-P), co-PI of the SONART (GENCAT 2014-100782), Supervisor of the SONART (PIEF-GA-2013-627351) with Tommaso Mattioli as Postdoctoral fellow and of 4 other personal grants (BES-2013-063862 +). I am leading research interest groups on heritage ( and archaeoacoustics ( I am keen on promoting social impact through my research.

Research interests

In the past few years I have been active in the fields of heritage, the history of archaeology, rock art and acoustics and identity, publishing and organising research events on a national and international level on these fields. My work has been published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Springer and Marcial Pons, among other prestigious publishers. Some of my articles have been included in readers and others have been translated into five different languages. I am currently supervising five PhD students and in the past I have seen nine PhD students through to completion. I have also supervised six post-doctoral students, all of them with prestigious fellowships. As a field archaeologist my work focuses on archaeoacustics and as a historian on archaeology and heritage I am mainly researching on the history of 20th-century archaeology, archaeological tourism, World Heritage, and the social value of heritage.

Selected publications

Díaz-Andreu M 2016, ‘SPECIAL SECTION  World Heritage and the Public’, European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies [special section: Díaz-Andreu M (ed.) World Heritage & the Public], 6:189-332. ERIHPLUS.

Díaz-Andreu M 2016, ‘Social values and local communities in World Heritage: a dream too far?’, European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies, 6:193-212, ISSN 2039-7895; IMPACT: ERIHPLUS.

Díaz-Andreu M 2016, ‘Arqueología, comunidad y valor social: un reto para el patrimonio arqueológico del siglo XXI’ In Díaz-Andreu M, Pastor A & Ruiz A (eds.), Arqueología y comunidad: el valor social del patrimonio arqueológico en el siglo XXI: 69-90, Madrid: JAS Arqueología.

Díaz-Andreu M 2016, ‘Romanità in Spain? The contacts between Spanish and Italian classical archaeologists during the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera (1923-1930)’, In Delley G, Díaz-Andreu M, Djindjian F, Fernández V, Guidi A & Kaeser MA (eds.), History of Archaeology – international perspectives: 35-50, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Díaz-Andreu M & Mattioli T 2016, ‘Archaeoacoustics of rock art: quantitative approaches to the acoustics and soundscape of rock art’ In Campana S, Scopigno R, Carpetiero G & Cirillo T (eds.), CAA 2015, Keep the revolution going: 1049-1058, Oxford: Archaeopress.

Selected research activities

I was invited to form part of the “Current research on rock art” roundtable at the Martin Gropius-Bau (Berlin) on 5 March, on the occasion of the exhibition «Kunst der Vorzeit» (Art from prehistoric times). Together with members of the University of Helsinki, I organised the “Art and acoustics: multiple perspectives” workshop at the UB on 14 September. I was invited to give papers at these conferences: “Landscape Archaeology Conference”, Uppsala and “World Archaeological Congress”, Kyoto, both in August; EAA (Vilnius) in September; and “Signs of Place: A Visual Interpretation of Landscape”, Topoi (Berlin), in October 2016.