Centre d’Estudis del Patrimoni Archeològic de la Prehistòria

Centre d’Estudis del Patrimoni Archeològic de la Prehistòria

The Centre d’Estudis del Patrimoni Archeolgic de la Prehistria (CEPAP-UAB) is a research unit of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It includes researchers and teachers from several national and international research centres. The centre works both in fundamental research and popular science in collaboration with academic and non-academic teachers on training and mediation in archaeological heritage. Its lines of research are: the technology of the first hominids, prehistoric populations in the Catalan PrePyrenean foothills, technology and culture in domestic zones and recovering and conserving archaeological heritage.

Activities (general)

  • Developing studies on the prehistoric populations of the Eastern PrePyrenees Foothills. Analysing remains with a horizontal timeline, which teaches us about the prehistoric populations.
  • Heritage in 3D. Using a 3D scanner provides archaeological images that were unthinkable just a few years ago.
  • Regular seminars and special events focusing on research themes at the centre. These are aimed at undergraduate and graduate archaeology, prehistory and other students, and are also for national and international researchers and professionals.
  • Teaching programmes for primary and secondary education. Note our collaboration with CdA de la Noguera, workshops and “open days” and partnership projects like Campus Itaca and “The school adopts a monument”.

Activities in connection with the project

As part of the Origins project, we are working on the museographic design of the Palaeolithic site of Roca dels Bous for general public visits. The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as main presentation strategy tries to promote an innovative way of interaction between general public and archaeological sites. Visitors are provided with digital touch screens (iPad, iPhone…) that guide them along their way and where they receive audiovisual information about the site. The ultimate aim of the project is to create a tourist circuit about Neanderthal history in the geographic area shared by all project partners.
Through this window onto the past, the objective is to create a “journey through time” to our ancestors’ origins, by performing activities in relation to certain aspects of prehistoric life. Our aim is to popularise knowledge on how Homo neanderthalensis lived here before modern humans, and the means and methods used in research to recover and interpret fossils.


Contact details

Facultat de Lletres
Edifici B. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
8193 Bellaterra

Tél.: +34 935813705

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