Though still a little under 50 years old, the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) has already consolidated itself amongst the 200 best universities in the world within the main university rankings and is located within the top 10 new universities with greatest international projection and prestige.
The departments at UAB dealing with archaeology are located within the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters in the area of Arts and Humanities. This was part of the initial nucleus of centres belonging to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona founded in 1968. The Department of Prehistory covers research on human origins in Africa to the Ethnoarchaeology of modern hunting-gatherer societies, as well as the development of agricultural societies and the origin of the State in Prehistory. The Department of Sciences of Antiquity and the Middle Ages is organised in two areas: the Historic-Archaeological and the Philology section.
The university has a group of internationally recognised professors from the field of archaeology some of whom also work with experimental archaeology like Prof. Dr. Antoni Palomo Pérez (curator of the Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya-Barcelona). His team analyses technical processes of recent prehistory through experience, especially related to the technology of wood, stone, macalogy, bone. They develop experiments of knapping and wood work.