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Research

According to our Strategic Plan 2010-2013, the research line that gathers all the efforts of Incipit (formerly The Heritage Laboratory) is named Interdisciplinary Research on Cultural Heritage. You can download a copy of our Strategic Plan 2010-2013 from here.

This line is composed of the research sub-lines that are described below.

Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes

The objective of this sub-line is "to study the processes of the human construction of the landscape, examining their relationship with economic, social and cultural dynamics, and characterizing their evolution through prehistory and history. From a more general perspective, it principally aims to discover the concept of space, and secondarily the concepts of time and nature, which guide spatial human actions and underlie the materialization of the social being in spatial terms".

 

Material Culture and Formalization Processes of Cultural Heritage

The objective of this sub-line is "the study of material culture through the archaeological record, linking its transformations with the socio-cultural processes attested in Iberian and European contexts. We attempt to determine how the patterns of regularity and changes of style are linked to processes of socio-cultural change and to strategies of definition of social identity in the past and present communities".

Theoretical and Historiographic Research on Cultural Heritage Studies

The objective of this sub-line is "to determine the circumstances that constitute the operational field of these disciplines, which is fundamental in order to firstly develop a theoretical insight into their possibilities and validity as tools for the management of the social reality and the production of value, specifically, within a part of this reality constituted by Cultural Heritage".

 

Archaeology of Buildings

The objective of this sub-line is "to understand buildings from an integral perspective that combines the historical, architectural, archaeological, anthropological and artistic perspectives, and which makes it possible to discover their meaning as a social product. To do so, the archaeology of buildings focuses on identifying the different constructive and destructive processes that have modified the buildings, thereby obtaining the constructive sequence of the final architectural structure we see today".

Processes of Heritage Formation: Memory, Identities and Conflict

The objective of this sub-line is "to study the processes of heritage formation in the present and the past. In particular, the sub-line focuses on the relationship between cultural heritage, memory and identity, with the aim to answer the following questions: What are the mechanisms by which societies produce their cultural heritage? What are the roles of the different social agents in these processes? What is the role of cultural heritage in times of crisis?"

 

Semantic Technologies for Cultural Heritage

The objective of this sub-line is "to create, select, develop, analyse, validate, demonstrate and disseminate the necessary technologies for the construction of meaning around the information that is generated and handled during work involving research on, and management of, cultural heritage, particularly that which is carried out within this research line".

Socio-economics of Cultural Heritage

The objective of this sub-line is "to integrate a series of different approaches towards cultural heritage from disciplines that are not linked to the interpretation and management of heritage elements. This includes sociological, anthropological, economic and political investigations into cultural heritage. The object of the study is cultural heritage itself as a social reality, in its different dimensions within a context marked by the post-industrial society and the transition towards a knowledge-based socio-economy".

   

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