Maria Carme Belarte

Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica


PhD in Geography and History (1995), University of Barcelona, for my research on proto-historic societies in Catalonia through the analysis of domestic architecture. From 1996 to 1998 I was a post-doctoral researcher at the CNRS (Unité Mixte de Recherche 5140 - Lattes, France). From 1999 to 2003, I worked at the University of Barcelona as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2004, I took a position at the ICAC to start a research programme about the protohistoric societies and to create a research group working on this period. I joined ICREA in 2006 as an ICREA researcher, and became an ICREA research professor in 2010. I develop my research at the ICAC in collaboration with researchers of Catalan, French and Tunisian Institutions. I made stays as invited researcher at the Universities of Chicago and Montpellier. In 2013, I received Positive Assessment from the AQU Catalunya (Catalan Evaluation Agency) in order to apply for a university full professor position. 

Research interests

The general goal of my research is to study the processes that transformed the Late Bronze Age local-scale groups into the complex societies based on large territorial organizations of the Central and Western Mediterranean Iron Age. My topics of research include urbanization and state formation, settlement patterns, architecture, funerary practices and rituals.

My current research is conducted in North-eastern Iberian Peninsula, South of France and North of Africa, and focuses on two main issues. On the one hand, the urbanization process and its connection with state formation in the central and western Mediterranean. On the other hand, the study of funerary rituals, mortuary practices and the use of funerary space.

Selected publications

- Kallala N, Sanmartí J (dir), Belarte MC (ed) 2018, Althiburos III. La nécropole protohistorique d'Althiburos-massif du Ksour. Documenta 30, Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica, Tarragona.

- Kallala N, Sanmartí J, Jornet R, Belarte MC, Canela J, Chérif S, Campillo J, Montanero D, Miniaoui S, Bermúdez X, Fadrique T, Revilla V, Ramon J, Ben Moussa M 2018, "La recherche de terrain dans la nécropole d'Althiburos-massif du Ksour". Kallala N, Sanmartí J (dir), Belarte MC (ed), Althiburos III. La nécropole protohistorique d'Althiburos-massif du Ksour. Documenta 30, Institut Català d'Arqueologia Clàssica, Tarragona.

- Belarte MC 2018, 'Casas, familias, linajes, comunidades… el caso del mundo ibérico septentrional', Rodríguez Díaz A, Pavón Soldevila I & Duque Espino D (eds), Más allá de las casas. Familias, linajes y comunidades en la protohistoria peninsular, Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, pp. 111-138.

- Bertral A, Belarte MC & Canela J 2018, 'Colaboración entre arqueólogos y restauradores en el Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica', Doménech MT, Doménech A, Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on electrochemical techniques applied to the conservation of artworks. New Insights into the technical examination and conservation of metallic heritage artefacts (València, 27 March 2017), Universitat Politècnica de València, València, pp. 82-89.

Selected research activities

  • PI: Caracterización de los asentamientos urbanos en la costa de la Iberia septentrional (Siglos VI-III a.C.): teledetección, documentación y restitución de estructuras constructivas (Mineco HAR2015-67946-C2-2-P).
  • PI: Formes d’ocupació del territori i evolució del poblament a la Cessetània occidental durant la protohistòria (CLT009/18/00095).
  • Teaching at the URV-UAB-ICAC Classical Archaeology Master.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the 24th European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) Annual Meeting (Barcelona, September 2018).
  • Co-organization of two sessions at the 24th EAA Annual Meeting (Barcelona, September 2018).