The multiple Eudald Carbonell: The various roles of Catalonia’s most popular archaeologist
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Universidad de Granada
ArqueologíaPapel socialIdentidad nacionalCiencia y medios de comunicaciónArchaeologySocial roleNational identityScience and the media
Hochadel, O. «The Multiple Eudald Carbonell : The Various Roles of Catalonia’s Most Popular Archaeologist». Dynamis: Acta Hispanica Ad Medicinae Scientiarumque Historiam Illustrandam, Vol. 33, Núm. 2, 1, p. 389-16.
SponsorshipHAR2009-12918-C03-02; HAR2012-36204-C02-02 (both Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad); 2009SGR887 (AGAUR-Generalitat de Catalunya)
Eudald Carbonell is mainly known for being the co-director of the Atapuerca research project, a hominid site in Northern Spain that boasts the «oldest European». In the course of his career as an archaeologist, he has become a highly visible figure, not least because of his incessant attempts to communicate his ideas to the general public. In these past four decades, Carbonell has taken on a host of diverse roles: scientific but also social and political ones. The political and scientific context of Catalonia and Spain since the early 1970s proves crucial in these activities. Carbonell’s claim to belong to a «peripheral» scientific community (be it Catalan or Spanish) is a central element in the construction of these roles. At the same time, Carbonell provides an instructive example of the «medialization» of science, transforming himself from an outsider into a celebrity and ultimately into a commodity.