The Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) is a centenary institution which hosts part of the scientific society and scholars of Catalonia, which configures the role of an institution with a clear impact on the scientific society. The Institute of Catalan Studies is structured in five sections, established according to large thematic units, which organise the research. The Institute has a staff of more than one hundred people and has about 250 permanent and emeritus members. The Historic-Archaeological Section research includes history, archaeology, history of art, the history of law and the history of literature, mainly focused on the study of the territories of Catalan language, but also participating in international research programs and projects.

This wide time scope has allowed its researchers to initiate or collaborate in a large volume of prestigious research projects with strong international repercussions. Some of the most prominent projects where members of this section participate are: Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL), Corpus International des Timbres Amphoriques (CITA), Catalunya Carolingia, Corpus des Troubadours or Tabula Imperii Romani-Form Orbis Romani project (TIR-FOR). The international vocation and excellence of this section has been continuously strengthened thanks to the various international collaborations.