Medieval and Postmedieval Research Group of the University of Barcelona (GRAMP.-UB) is formed by an interdisciplinary team of different members from national and international institutions and is registered in the Department of History an Archeology, area of Medieval History, Modern History, Paleography and Diplomatics at the University of Barcelona.
Members of GRAMP.-UB form a teamwork joining several researchers focused on the study of historical archaeology during medieval and postmedieval period, within a framework including different thematic areas and the search for common interdisciplinary research spaces.
Successive works and research projects undertaken lead to the official recognition in 1995 as a Quality Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and it currently is a consolidated research group.
GRAMP.-UB objectives are focused on studying and developing archaeological history in the medieval and postmedieval period, from a clear desire for a transversal approach to knowledge. Since the beginning, we have made an effort to incorporate new multidisciplinary elements to improve historical archaeology and we currently have a ground-breaking research team in Spain.
During the latest years, as a result of a deep reflection process within the group, main guidelines have been reinforced to strengthen the historical and archaeological approach paying special attention to the transformations occurring in societies in transition from Antiquity to Early Medieval Age and also the changes occurred from 14th Century onwards until the establishment and development of modern sates; which has allowed enlarging the research group, one of our major interests.
Medieval Archaeology at the University of Barcelona, an early discipline at the end of fifties and early sixties, had a very first boost with Dr. Alberto del Castillo. We owe him the first studies on funerary medieval archaeology at the sites of Olèrdola (Barcelona) and the excavation at the provinces of Soria, Burgos and Logroño, paying special attention to rock-dwelling burials and tombs dig into the rock, known in historiography as ‘Olerdolanian’. His research labour was continued by his disciple Dr. M. Riu with several works at the shire of Berguedà. This early research and the development of medieval archaeology were the most-needed encouragement to the formation of our research group. Since nineties, GRAMP.-UB was recognised as a Consolidated and Quality Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Since the beginning, our team has considered internationalization and transversal approaches to research as a priority. First research lines were focused on Landscape archaeology in different subjects and topics. During the nineties, our group started an intense archaeological activity and several excavation fieldworks took place such as those at the sites of Sant Miquel de la Vall, the Archaeological Assemblage of Valencia d’Àneu and the village of Palà Vell de Coma in Catalonia; other excavations in the Basque Country like the fortresses of Ausa-Gaztelu and Mendikute; and some other fieldworks at the sites in the Arlanza Basin, in Burgos. All of them were research projects with the aim to study landscape organization and were coordinated and supervised by Dr. J. I. Padilla, some of them still active. On the other hand, there is another research line, also pioneering in Spain, focused on the research on the subject of experimental archaeology, coordinated by Dr. I. Ollich. This research line is carried out at the Poblat Ibèric i Medieval de l’Esquerda (Iberian and Medieval Village of l’Esquerda), which was declared Cultural Good of National Interest by Generalitat de Catalunya in 2006 (http://www.lesquerda.cat/web/).
GRAMP.-UB has contributed to research as a platform for spreading and disseminating results obtained from a vast number of archaeological fieldwork led by members of our group. During all these years, different pieces of research have significantly contributed to the thought on historical archaeology in our country and offered important results as PhD dissertations.
Since 2000, there is a new research axis within the main lines of our group, centred in relations between the two shores of the Mediterranean. Nowadays, redirecting research tasks in that sense is at the heart of group’s objectives, with the aim of becoming a reference research centre for the analyses of social, economic and cultural relationships in the Mediterranean area.
Amongst the goals se since 2014 there is the continuance of our main research lines and the strengthening of Mediterranean studies by means of multidisciplinary and international research projects focused on the analysis of migration at both shores of the Mediterranean Sea, widening our interests to the Islamic World.