Independent Researcher
LITTERA group (University of Barcelona)

Joan Ferrer is a software engineer that works as an Information and technology Project Manager at the Barcelona Port Authority. He also has a degree in archaeology and has developed in the last ten years a line of research in the field of the paleohispanic scripts and languages, publishing more than fifty papers on the matter. His research interests have been focused mainly into the study of the Iberian scripts, improving and enlarging the already known dual system of the north-eastern Iberian script, and proposing a new dual system for the south-eastern Iberian script. He also has researched about Iberian abecedaries, identifying some of the dual ones among the rock inscriptions in La Cerdanya and the non-dual ones through statistical analysis. Another research interest has been the Iberian metrological systems, especially the system used on the Iberian coins as mark of value, which positively identifies some elements as a numbers and gives support to the relation between the Iberian numeral system and the Basque numeral system. He participates in the research group that is involved in the development of the Hesperia online databank and in the group that is defining the Unicode encoding of the Palaeohispanic scripts.

Selected publications:


J. Ferrer i Jané (2015), “Las dualidades secundarias de la escritura ibérica nororiental”, E.L.E.A. 14, 305-357.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2014), “Ibèric kutu i els abecedaris ibèrics”, Veleia 31, 227-259.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2013), “Los problemas de la hipótesis de la lengua ibérica como lengua vehicular”. E.L.E.A. 13, 115-157.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2011), "Sistemas metrológicos en textos ibéricos (1): del cuenco de La Granjuela al plomo de La Bastida", E.L.E.A. 11, 99-130.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2010), "El sistema dual de l'escriptura ibèrica sud-oriental", Veleia 27, 69-113.

J. Ferrer i Jané, P. Campmajo (2010), "Le nouveaux corpus d’inscriptions ibériques rupestres de la Cerdagne: Premiers résultats", Palaeohispanica 10, 249-274.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2009) "El sistema de numerales ibérico: avances en su conocimiento", Palaeohispanica 9, 451-479.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2007), "Sistemes de marques de valor lèxiques sobre monedes ibèriques", Acta Numismàtica 37, 53-73.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2006), "Nova lectura de la inscripció ibèrica de La Joncosa (Jorba, Barcelona)", Veleia 23, 129-170.

J. Ferrer i Jané (2005), "Novetats sobre el sistema dual de diferenciació gràfica de les oclusives sordes i sonores", Palaeohispanica 5, 957-982.