Dr. Berta Morell Rovira

Visiting research fellow
History, Art and Geography Department of the University of Vigo (Spain).

Room: S569
Hölderlinstr. 12
72074 Tübingen


Fields of Interest

Neolithic, funerary contexts, radiocarbon dating, strontium isotopes, statistical analysis and bayesian modelling. 

My research focuses on the chronology of the central european neolithic societies mobility patterns, taking special attention to possible differences on grounds of sex, age and gender. On another hand,  I also work on the temporality of long-distance raw materials exchanges between the neolithic communities of western Mediterranean.

Curriculum vitae

2019-2022. Postdoc. University of Vigo. Archaeology Department. Archaeology, Antiquity and Territory Research Group. Supervisor: Prof. Beatriz Comendador.

November 2019-November 2020. Research stay in the Naturwissenchaftliche Fakultät (Biogeology group) of the University of Tübingen (Germany). Supervisors: Dr. Marta Diaz Zortia and Prof. Hervé Bocherens. 

2015-2019. Phd in Prehistoric Archaeology. Autonomus University of Barcelona. Supervisors: Prof. Joan Anton Barceló Álvarez (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Prof. Juan Francisco Gibaja Bao (Spanish National Research Council). Title of the thesis: Chronology as a means of social interpretation: the funerary contexts of the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula in the period between the end of the 5th and the beginning of the 4th millennium cal. Bc. 

November 2015-February 2016. Research PhD stay in the Institue für Ur-und Frühgeschichte (Radiocarbon Lab area) of the University of Cologne (Germany), thanks to a grant of the  Deutscher Akademischer Austauschidienst.  Supervisor: Prof. Bernhard Weninger

2013. Master degree in prehistoric Archaeology. Autonomus University of Barcelona. Master thesis supervisor: Prof. Joan Anton Barceló Álvarez. 

2012. Bachelor's degree in History (speciality in Prehistory). University of Barcelona.

2011. Research assistant. Department of Anthropology, History of Africa and America. Supervisor: Prof. Natàlia Moragas.

July-September 2010. Research assistant. Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio (Spanish National Research Council). Supervisor: Prof. Felipe Criado Boado. 


Masclans, A., Gibaja, J.F., Morell, B., Achino, K. & Duboscq, S. 2019. Looking for sexual differences during the middle Neolithic in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 26.

Cintas, M., Morell, B., García Sanjuán, L. 2018. Gender and Prehistory. Sexual division of labour in spanish audiovisual productions. Arkeogazte, 8, 75-99.

Gibaja, J.F., Morell, B. & Terradas, X. 2018. Approaching subsistence activities in the Mesolithic by means of lithic tools: The case of El Collado site (Oliva, Eastern Iberia). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 18: 1026-1035.

Gibaja, J.F., Morell, B., López, D., Zemour, A., Bosch, A., Tarrús, J. & Subirà, Mª.E. 2018. Nuevos datos cronológicos sobre la cueva sepulcral neolítica de l'Avellaner (Les Planes d'Hostoles, Giroba), MUNIBE Antropologia-Akeologia, 69: 145-155.

Gibaja, J.F., Duboscq, S., Morell, B., Masclans, A., Subirà, M.L., Martín, A., Roig, J., J.M. Coll, Mozota, M., Remolins, G., Oms, X., Cubas, M., Palomo, T., Plasencia, J., González, P., Bravo, P. & Hinojo, E. 2018. Symbolism, exchange and differential grave building efforts during the Neolithic of the northeastern Iberian Peninsula. The necropolis of Bòbila Madurell-Can Gambús 1-2: an unequal example of objects and grave goods distribution. Oxford: BAR International Series.

Morell, B., Barceló, J.A., Oms, X.F., Remolins, G., Mª.E., Subirà., Chambon, P. & Gibaja, J.F. 2018. Tracing the chronology of neolithic pit and stone box burials in north-eastern Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 19: 491-504.

Morell, B., Duboscq, S., Masclans, A., Remolins, G., Pou, R., Martí, M., Barceló, J.A., Oms, X., Santos, F.J., Mozota, M., Subrià, MªE. & Gibaja, F.J. 2018. Chronology of the neolithic necropolis of Camí de Can Grau (NE-Iberian Peninsula). Funerary pattern changes and long-distante raw material exchanges. Comptes Rendus Palevol, 17 (6): 399-412.

Oms, F.X., Terradas, X., Morell, B. & Gibaja, J.F. 2018. Mesolithic-neolithic transition in the northeast of Iberia: chronology and socioeconomic dynamics. Quaternary International, 470 (B), 383-397.

Achino, K., Duboscq, S., Morell, B., Barceló, J.A. & Gibaja, J.F. 2017. Comparing in Archaeology through a quantitative approach: dealing with similarity and dissimilarity issues. In: A., Vale., J, Alves. & I. Garcia (eds.): Rethinking Comparison in Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 74- 89.

Gibaja, J.F., Morell,B., Barceló, J.A., Masclans, A., Duboscq, S., Remolins, G., Roig, J., Martín, A., González, P., Plasencia, J., Coll, J.M. & Subirà, M.E. 2017. The chronology of the Neolithic necropolis Bóbila Madurell-Can Gambús in the norteast iberian peninsula: Dating Pit Burials cultural horizon and long-range raw material exchange networks. Radiocarbon: An International Journal of Cosmogenic Isotope Research, 59 (6), 1713-1736.

Gibaja J.F., Fontanals, M., Duboscq, S., Oms, F.X., Augé, A., Santos, F.J., Morell, B. & Subirà, M.E. 2016. Human Diet and the Chronology of Neolithic Societies in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula: the necropolises of Puig d'en Roca and Can Gelats (Girona, Spain). Arcaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 9 (5): 1-11.

Oms, X., Martín, A., Esteve, X., Mestres, J., Morell, B., Subirà, M.E. & Gibaja, J.F. 2016. The Neolithic in North-East Iberia: Chronocultural Phases and 14C. Radiocarbon. An International Journal of Cosmogenic Isotope Research, 58 (2): 1-19.