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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

PRESENT POSITION

2009-2011

Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Department of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany.

 

EDUCATION AND MAIN QUALIFICATIONS

2004-2008

European PhD (with honors) in Prehistoric Archaeology, La Sapienza University and Bordeaux 1 University (Institute of Prehistory and Geology of the Quaternary, Bordeaux, France). Thesis: Technologie lithique et circulation des matières premières au Paléolithique moyen dans le Salento (Pouilles, Italie) : perspectives comportementales. Directors: Prof. A. Bietti, M. Piperno and. J. Jaubert.

2003-2004

M.A. (1st class) Paleoanthropology and Prehistory, Bordeaux 1 University (France). Dissertation: "The anvil percussion in Central Italy". Director: Prof. J. Jaubert.

1995-2002

Prehistoric Archaeology at Rome "La Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy.

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2004-2007

University Grant for the European Ph.D.

2004-2007

Full tuition scholarship for Doctoral studies, University of Rome - La Sapienza (First Place).

2003

1st Prize Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria: Award for the best BA Dissertation of the year and Grant to prolong research on the subject.

1999-2001

Annual Grant to collaborate with Dipartimento di Paletnologia, University of Rome - La Sapienza.

 

MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

  • Society for American Archaeology (2006)
  • Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria (2004)
  • Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana (2000)

 

EXPERIENCES OF LEADING A RESEARCH TEAM

2006-present

Riparo Mochi, Balzi Rossi di Grimaldi (Italy). Principal investigator of a field and research project (together with Dr. S. Grimaldi, Trento University).

2009

Principal investigator on the Middle Paleolithic site of Bénazit , in Cazères-sur-l'Adour, (Landes, Aquitaine, France).

2004-2006

Principal investigator in the Salento project survey, promoted by Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Transition and behavioral/biological modernity
  • Middle Paleolithic/MSA mobility strategies and settlement system
  • Hunter gatherers use of space: extrasite and intrasite spatial analysis
  • Ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology

 

MAJOR PROJECTS AND INVOLVEMENT

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT

Lithic Industries

  • Achéulean: Bénazit, Cazéres sur Adour (Landes, France);
  • Mousterian: Riparo Mochi (Grimaldi, Italy), Grotta Breuil (Latium, Italy), Grotta Romanelli, Grotta dei Giganti, Grotta Titti, Grotta Uluzzo C, Grotta Torre del’Alto, Grotta M. Bernardini (Apulia, Italy).
  • Aterian: Jebel Gharbi project, Lybie.
  • Aurignacian, Gravettian: Riparo Mochi (Grimaldi, Italy).

Spatial analysis: Grotta Breuil, Riparo Mochi.

Experimental archaeology: lithic experimentation on Levallois method applied on limestone raw material; experimentation on anvil percussion.


ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

2006-present

Co-investigator in Riparo Mochi (Balzi Rossi di Grimaldi) research team. In charge of spatial analysis and refitting. Co-responsible of excavation method, lithic analysis and refittings.

2008-2011

Participation to PCR "ETICALP" « Evolutions, transferts, inter-culturalites dans l’arc liguro-provençal. Matières premières, productions et usages du Paléolithique supérieur á l’âge du Bronze ancien ». Coordinateur D. Binder (UMR 6130, Université de Provence, France).

2006-2007

Soprintendenza Archeologica della Puglia, Dott. M. A. Gorgoglione: collaboration in field and laboratory research.

2000-2006

Prehistoric Ecology Laboratory, Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo, University "Rome- La Sapienza", under the direction of prof. A. Bietti.
Researcher Position in the Following projects financed by Ministero per l'Università e la Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica (MIUR):

  • Inorganic raw materials economy and provenance of chipped industry in some stone age sites of northern and central Italy.
  • Grotta Breuil, Riparo Mochi and Grotta St. Angelo excavation and study.
  • Anvil percussion analysis and experimental settings.

WORKSHOP-TEACHING

2005-2006

Tutoring of the students participating to the Summer School promoted by ALPINET project in Riparo Mochi, Liguria. Workshops, seminars, experimental archaeology and field techniques.

2002-2004

Collaboration to the chair "Prehistoric Ecology", Departement of Human and Biological Biology, Rome "La Sapienza University". Tutoring of BA students.

DISSERTATION CO-SUPERVISION

2007-2008

Carlotta Pisoni, University of Trento: supervision of BA Thesis "Spatial analysis of Grotta Breuil".

 

MAIN FIELD EXPERIENCE


Director

2005-2006

Salento (Apulia, Southern Italy) geo-archaeological survey promoted by Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana (ISIPU).


Co-director

2007-present

Riparo Mochi, Balzi Rossi, Grimaldi. Middle and Upper Palaeolithic. Directors Dr. S. Grimaldi (Trento University) and A. del Lucchese (Soprintendenza Archeologica Liguria).


Joint Director

2000-2006

Riparo Mochi, Balzi Rossi, Middle-Upper Palaeolithic. Director Prof. A. Bietti (La Sapienza University) and A. del Lucchese (Soprintendenza Archeologica Liguria).

2003

Grotta Breuil, Latium, Central Italy, Middle Palaeolithic. Director Prof. A. Bietti (La Sapienza University)


Preventive and urban archaeology

2009

Principal investigator in Acheulean site of Benazit, Landes, France.

2003-2007

Rome, Fiumicino, field evaluation and excavation of Middle Bronze, Iron and Roman age features in humid environment (marshy areas with peat). Excavation of wood and other organic features. Direction of Soprintendenza Archeologica di Ostia (Dr. A. Morelli).

2002-2007

Rome, archaeological evaluations in urban contexts. Director Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma.


Main Participations

2002-2005

Grotta S. Angelo, Abruzzo, Central Italy, Upper Palaeolithic. Director Prof. A. Bietti (La Sapienza University) and Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana.

2000

Lanné Darré, Midi Pirenées, France, Lower Palaeolithic. Director Dr. D. Colonge.

1999

S. Maria Cave, Abruzzo, Central Italy, Final Upper Palaeolithic. Director Prof. A. Bietti (La Sapienza University) and Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana.

1998

Toppo Daguzzo, Basilicata, Eneolithic. Direction Prof. M. Cipolloni (Université de Urbino).

1998

Grotta Breuil, Latium Central Italy, Middle Palaeolithic. Director Prof. A. Bietti (La Sapienza University) and Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana.

 

LANGUAGES

Italian (native speaker); French (bilingual); English (fluent); Spanish and Portuguese (basic).

 

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