Dr. Ivan Briz i Godino
ICREA Researcher

Profile

Biography

I obtained my degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) in 1996. In 2004 I obtained my PhD, also in the UAB, after having done the PhD research on the Institució Milà i Fontanals-Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IMF-CSIC) with a grant from the Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya).

My PhD research project dealt with ethnoarchaeology and new approaches to the study of lithics in hunter-gather-fisher societies. Its aim was to develope a new method to analyze lithics from a form-function perspective in order to apply it to the archaeological assemblages of “Túnel VII”: a site from the Yámana society (Beagle channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina). Lithics is, for me, a fantastic object of study to discover economical life of past people.

As Post-doc Researcher, I worked in the Department of Archaeology of the University of York (2006-2007), starting my interest in the Mesolithic of UK.

As an ICREA Researcher in Barcelona (IMF-CSIC), I developed different research projects (funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (USA); Ministry of Research and Innovation of Spanish Government (Spain) and National Scientific and Technical Council (Argentina) about social aggregation and social cooperation in the Yamana society (Beagle channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina).

Now, as Researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Council-CONICET, Argentina (http://www.conicet.gov.ar/?lan=en) and Associate Lecturer in the National University of Tierra del Fuego, Antártida e Islas del Atlántico Sur-UNTDF, Argentina (http://www.untdf.edu.ar/) , I follow my research about social cooperation in hunter-gatherer societies and starting a new research about organic resiues analysis on lithics.

My experience in hunter-gatherers research has been developed in Catalonia, Nicaragua, Argentina and England.

Publications

Selected publications

Books.

Briz, I., Vietri, L., Ceotto, C. & Álvarez, M. (Eds.) (December, 2013), Tras los pasos de Giacomo Bove, Editora cultural Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia.

Madella, M., Kovács, G., Berzsenyi, B. & Briz, I. (Eds.) (2013), The Archaeology of Household, Oxbow books, Oxford.

Briz, I., Clemente, I., Terradas, X., Toselli, A., Vila, A. & Zurro, D. eds. (2006), Etnoarqueología de la Prehistoria: más allá de la analogía, Treballs d’Etnoarqueologia, 6, CSIC, Madrid.

Briz, I. (2004), Dinàmiques econòmiques de producció-consum en el registre lític caçador-recol·lector de l’extrem sud americà. La societat Yàmana. Tesi doctoral, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona: http://www.tdx.cat/handle/10803/5503

Barceló, J.A., Briz, I. & Vila A. (1999), New Techniques for Old Times. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 26th. Conference, Barcelona, March 1998., British Archaelogical Reports, 757, Archeopress, Oxford.

Papers//Chapters of Book/Proceedings.

Briz, I., Zurro, D., Álvarez, M. & Madella, M. (May, 2014), Ethnoarchaeology and residue analysis in fisher–hunter-gatherer analysis sites: a pilot study, in: Roksandic, M., Mendoça de Souza, S. M. F., Eggers, S., Burchell, M. & Klokler, D. (Eds.), The Cultural Dynamics of Shell Middens and Shell Mounds: A worldwide perspective, University of New Mexico Press, Alburquerque.

Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Camarós, E., Caro, J., Lacrouts, A., Salvatelli, L., Vietri, L. & Zurro, D. (2013), The archaeology viewed from an Ethnoarchaeological perspective, in: F. Lugli, A. Stoppiello & S. Biagetti (Eds.), Ethnoarchaeology: current research and field methods, British Archaeological Reports, Archaeopress, Oxford, Pp.: 81-87.

Briz, I., Álvarez, M. Pal, N. & Salvatelli, L. (2013), Lanzando piedras: materialismo histórico y análisis de los conjuntos líticos. Una propuesta analítica desde la Arqueología Social Ameroibérica, Quaderni di Thule. Rivista d’Americanistica, XII, Circolo Amerindiano, Perugia, Pp.: 253-261.

Colonese, A., Verdún, E., Álvarez, M., Briz, I., Zurro, D. & Salvatelli, L. (2012), Oxygen isotopic composition of limpet shells from the Beagle Channel: implications for seasonal studies in shell middens of Tierra del Fuego, Journal of Archaeological Science, 39(6): 1738-1748.

Álvarez, M., Briz, I., Balbo, A. & Madella, M. (2011),  Shell middens as archives of past environments, human dispersal and specialized resource management, Quaternary International, 239(1-2): 1-7
 
Briz, I. & Vietri, L. (2011), L’analogia in etnoarcheologia: la chiusura del cerchio. Logica, “contrastazione”, archeologia, Cuaderni di Thule. Rivista d'Americanistica, X:169-178.
 
Balbo, A., Madella, M., Briz, I. and Álvarez, M. (2011), Shell midden research: an interdisciplinary agenda for the Quaternary and Social Sciences, Quaternary International, 239(1-2): 147-152.
 
Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Balbo, A., Zurro, D., Madella, M., Villagrán, X., French, C. (2011), Towards high-resolution shell midden archaeology: experimental and ethno-archaeology in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina), Quaternary International, 239(1-2): 125-134.

Briz, I. (2011), Cooperación, Arqueología y Etnoarqueología, Newsletter, publicación electrónica de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, 20.

http://www.soc.unicen.edu.ar/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=505%3Anewsletter-no-20-articulo-cooperacion-arqueologia-y-etnoarqueologia&catid=88%3Anewsletter-no-20&Itemid=103. November, 1th, 2013.

Vietri, L. & Briz, I. (2011), Arqueología de las Mujeres: ciencia para la acción social. El aporte de Mª Encarna Sanahuja Yll, KREI, 11: 85-107.


Briz, I. (2010), Dinámicas producción-consumo en conjuntos líticos: el análisis de los conjunto líticos de la sociedad Yámana, Magallania, 38(2): 159-181.

Zurro, D., Álvarez, M., Salvatelli, L. & Briz, I. (2010), Agregación   y   cooperación   social   en   sociedades  cazadoras-recolectoras-pescadoras:   un experimento  etnoarqueológico  en  Tierra  del  Fuego, Revista de Arqueología Americana, 28: 171-194.

Alvarez, M., Briz, I., Pal, N. & Salvatelli, L. (2010), Contextos de uso y diseños: Una propuesta metodológica para el análisis de la variabilidad de los conjuntos líticos, in: J.R. Bárcena & H. Chiavazza (Eds.), Arqueología Argentina en el Bicentenario de la Revolución de Mayo. XVII Congreso Nacional de Arqueología Argentina, I, Universidad de Mendoza, Mendoza, Pp.: 67-72.


Álvarez, M., Pal, N., Salvatelli, L., Briz, I., Zangrando, A., Bazerque, A., De Ángelis, H. y Fiore, D. (2010), Tallando desde lo alto: un sitio de explotación de materiales líticos de los grupos de cazadores-recolectores dela Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, Magallania, 38(1): 297-302.
 
M. Madella, P. Ajithprasad, C. Lancelotti, B. Rondelli, A. Balbo, C. French, D. Rodríguez, J.J. García-Granero, V. Yannitto, S.V. Rajesh, C.S. Gadekar & I. Briz (2010), Social and environmental transitions in arid zones: theNorth Gujarat Archaeological Project — NoGAP, Antiquity, 084(325). http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/madella325/
 

Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Zurro, D. & Caro, J. (2009), Meet for lunch: a new ethnoarchaoelogical project, Antiquity, 083(322): http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/briz322/

Álvarez, M., Zurro, D., Briz, I., Madella, M., Osterrieth, M. & Borrelli N. (2009), Análisis de los procesos productivos en las sociedades Cazadoras-recolectoras-pescadoras de la Costa Norte del Canal Beagle (Argentina): el sitio Lanashuaia, in: Salemme, M., Santiago, F., Álvarez, M., Piana, E., Vázquez, M. & Mansur, M. (eds.), Arqueología de Patagonia: Una mirada desde el último confín, 2, Editorial Utopías, Ushuaia, Pp.: 903-918.

Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Spikins, P. & Needham, A. (2009), 'Durable residues': Addressing the use of microwear, a case study from March Hill, Internet Archaeology, 26. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue26/godino_index.html

Zurro, D., Madella, M., Briz. I. & Vila, A. (2009), Variability of the phytolith record in Fisher-hunther-gatherer sites: an example from the Yámana society (Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), Quaternary International, 193(1-2): 184-191.

Briz, I. (2006), Lithic Analysis in Spanish Archaeology, Lithic Technology, 31(2): 89-99.

Álvarez, M. & Briz, I. (2006), Organización tecnológica en el proceso de poblamiento del extremo Sur de Sudamérica, HABITUS. GOIANIA. Revista do Instituto Goiano de Pré-História e Antropologia, 4(2):771-795. 

Briz, I., Clemente, I., Pijoan, J., Terradas, X. & Vila, A. (2005). Stone tools in etnoarchaeological contexts: theoretical-methodological inferences, Lithic Toolkits in Ethnoarchaeological Contexts. Actts of the XIVth UISPP Congress. Liège, Belgium, 2001. International Series, British Archaeological Reports, 1370, Archeopress, Oxford.

Pijoan, J., Barceló, J. A., Briz, I. & Vila, A. (2004), Image quantification in Use-wear analysis, Making the connection to the Past CAA’99. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 27th Conference, Dublin, April, 1999, Leiden University, Leiden, Pp: 67-74.

Ruiz del Olmo, G. & Briz, I. (1998), Re-pensando la Re-producción, Boletín de Antropología Americana, 33: 79-90.

 

 

 

 

Full publications list

Álvarez, M., Briz, I., Balbo, A. & Madella, M. (2011). Shell middens as
archives of past environments, human dispersal and specialized resource
management. Quaternary International. 239 (1-2): 1-7
 
Briz, I. & Vietri, L. (2011). L’analogia in etnoarcheologia: la chiusura del
cerchio. Logica, “contrastazione”, archeologia. Cuaderni di Thule. Rivista
d'Americanistica, X:169-178
 
Balbo, A., Madella, M., Briz, I. and Álvarez, M. (2011). Shell midden
research: an interdisciplinary agenda for the Quaternary and Social
Sciences. Quaternary International, 239(1-2): 147-152.
 
Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Balbo, A., Zurro, D., Madella, M., Villagrán, X.,
French, C. (2011). Towards high-resolution shell midden archaeology:
experimental and ethno-archaeology in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).
Quaternary International, 239 (1-2): 125-134.
 
Briz, I. (2010). Dinámicas producción-consumo en conjuntos líticos: el
análisis de los conjunto líticos de la sociedad Yámana. Magallania, 38(2):
159-181.
 
Álvarez, M., Pal, N., Salvatelli, L., Briz, I., Zangrando, A., Bazerque, A.,De Ángelis, H. y Fiore, D. (2010). Tallando desde lo alto: un sitio de explotación de materiales líticos de los grupos de cazadores-recolectores dela Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Magallania, 38(1): 297-302.
 
M. Madella, P. Ajithprasad, C. Lancelotti, B. Rondelli, A. Balbo, C. French,D. Rodríguez, J.J. García-Granero, V. Yannitto, S.V. Rajesh, C.S. Gadekar &I. Briz (2010). Social and environmental transitions in arid zones: theNorth Gujarat Archaeological Project — NoGAP.  Antiquity , 084(325).http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/madella325/
 

Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Zurro, D. & Caro, J. (2009), Meet for lunch: a new ethnoarchaoelogical project, Antiquity, 083(322): http://www.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/briz322/

Álvarez, M., Zurro, D., Briz, I., Madella, M., Osterrieth, M. & Borrelli N. (2009), Análisis de los procesos productivos en las sociedades Cazadoras-recolectoras-pescadoras de la Costa Norte del Canal Beagle (Argentina): el sitio Lanashuaia, in: Salemme, M., Santiago, F., Álvarez, M., Piana, E., Vázquez, M. & Mansur, M. (eds.), Arqueología de Patagonia: Una mirada desde el último confín, 2, Editorial Utopías, Ushuaia, Pp.: 903-918.

Briz, I., Álvarez, M., Spikins, P. & Needham, A. (2009), 'Durable residues': Addressing the use of microwear, a case study from March Hill, Internet Archaeology, 26. http://intarch.ac.uk/journal/issue26/godino_index.html

Zurro, D., Madella, M., Briz. I. & Vila, A. (2009), Variability of the phytolith record in Fisher-hunther-gatherer sites: an example from the Yámana society (Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), Quaternary International, 193(1-2): 184-191.

Briz, I. (2006), Lithic Analysis in Spanish Archaeology, Lithic Technology, 31(2): 89-99.

Álvarez, M. & Briz, I. (2006), Organización tecnológica en el proceso de poblamiento del extremo Sur de Sudamérica, HABITUS. GOIANIA. Revista do Instituto Goiano de Pré-História e Antropologia, 4(2):771-795

Briz, I., Clemente, I., Pijoan, J., Terradas, X. & Vila, A. (2005). Stone tools in etnoarchaeological contexts: theoretical-methodological inferences, Lithic Toolkits in Ethnoarchaeological Contexts. Actts of the XIVth UISPP Congress. Liège, Belgium, 2001. International Series, British Archaeological Reports, 1370, Archeopress, Oxford.

Pijoan, J., Barceló, J. A., Briz, I. & Vila, A. (2004), Image quantification in Use-wear analysis, Making the connection to the Past CAA’99. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 27th Conference, Dublin, April, 1999, Leiden University, Leiden, Pp: 67-74.

Ruiz del Olmo, G. & Briz, I. (1998), Re-pensando la Re-producción, Boletín de Antropología Americana, 33: 79-90.

Research

Overview

Ethnoarchaeology is an interesting (and exciting!) frame to obtain new archaeological methods and techniques in order to study human relations and their social organization with a specific interest for social change dynamics in hunter-gatherer societies.

The study of hunter-gather societies gives full of topics where these questions can be explored; coastal resources management and the technological changes and innovations in relation to a new landscape, social aggregation, cooperation, the origins of sedentarism, the origins of social inequality…. Shell-middens offer a fantastic high resolution context to answer these questions through the implementation of an interdisciplinary approach (using different techniques and methods). The approach to lithic technology is done from an economical perspective and on the basis of its form-function dynamics, considering as well other fields of research associated to lithics such as contexts, plant or animal residues on tools or in production contexts and exploring the possibilities to translate our methods to another type of tools, etc.

One of the application fields of our questions is Yámana history: which were the social and technological changes developed this hunter-gatherer-fisher society to face with the colonization undertaken by the industrial society? Given the industrial pressure over the resources of Tierra del Fuego (the basic element of Yamana people survival), which were the technological answers? Was the development of new social interactions an outcome of this process? Or perhaps an increase of communal cooperation did occur? Our project of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina is focused on the analysis of social aggregation and the possibility of cooperation and solidarity dynamics’ development by Yamana society.

Projects

-“Social and environmentalt ransitions: Simulating the past to understand human behaviour (SimulPast)” (http://www.simulpast.es/) is a five-year interdiscplinary research project started in January 2011 and funded by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation. The project is focused in social simulation as exploratory tool in archaeology. From a multidisciplinary perspective, the project involves 11 Research Groups from 7 different institutions with more than 60 researchers from several fields: archaeology, anthropology, computer-science, environmental studies, physics, mathematics and sociology. (2011-2015).

-“Social aggregation processes in the hunter-gatherer societies from the Beagle Channel: new methods of anaysis”. Funded by the National Scientific and Technical Council-CONICET (Argentina), focused in the social relations in Yámana society. (2011-2014)

-“Early Human occupation, sources management and spatial use in the Atlantic Coast of Tierra del Fuego”. Funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina, and focused in the first moments of human presence and coastal and marine sources management of Fuegian Eastern Coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. (2013-2016)

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External activities

Memberships

Memberships

  • Catalan Archaeology Association
  • Prehistoric Society
  • Lithics Studies Society.
  • Catalan Computer Applications in Archaeology Association.
  • Polar Archaeological Net (founder)
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Circolo Amerindiano de Perugia.
  • Panamerican Institute of Geography and History (IPGH-OEA).

 

Scientific Advice

Institució Catalana de Suport a la Recerca (Catalonia).

Editorial duties

Editorial Boar of Treballs d’Etnoarqueologia series (CSIC-Spain)

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Contact details

Dr Ivan Ivan Briz i Godino
Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificas - CONICET
Av Bernardo Houssay, 200
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego
Argentina

Tel: +54 2901 422310 #144
Fax: +54 2901 430644

http://untdf.edu.ar