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Curriculum vitae

Studies & Professional experience

2000-2001 Borsa di Studio

  • Acquaintance with 14C procedures at the University of Heidelberg

2001 Laurea in scienze Naturali

  • At the University of Milan; entitled
  • ‘Le datazioni 14C: Datazioni tradizionali e tecniche di wiggle-matching applicate a insediamenti preistorici dell'area Padana’
  • Adviser : Leone Fasani
  • Co-adviser: Bernd Kromer

2002-2005 Heidelberg Radiocarbon laboratory; projects:

  • Closing the Roman Gap (P.Kuniholm, Cornell University), extension of eastern Mediterranean tree-ring chronologies by 14 C wiggle-matching of floating sections.
  • EMRCP (Eastern Mediterranean Radiocarbon Comparison Project, S.Manning, Reading – UK, Cornell University ), high precision 14 C series to determine regional 14 C gradients, dating of the Santorini eruption.
  • Fieldwork to find subfossil lateglacial wood in Northern Italy
  • Development of combustion of large wood samples using an oxygen bomb

2005-2007 ESF Euroclimate Project

  • Organisation of fieldwork
  • Fieldwork in Italy, Romania and Hungary
  • High precision 14C dates for chronology building and 14C calibration
  • Extension of tree-ring chronologies into the Late Glacial
  • Coordination of radiocarbon work for the tree-ring laboratories of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Zurich and Aix-en-Provence.


  • PhD Thesis:
  • At the University of Leiden; entitled
  • ‘Refining 14C dating of bone >30,000 BP: Establishing an accurate chronology for the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in France’
  • Promoters: Jean-Jacques Hublin & Mike Richards

Since 2012

  • Post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


Congress participation & Poster

  • EGS/EGU 2003 Nizza
  • Radiocarbon Conference 2003 Wellington”No evidence of systematic regional 14C differences”
  • SCIEM 2000 Bronze age time scale in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Archeometria 2004 Bressanone “Absolute time frame for the Early and middle Bronze age lake settlements in Northern Italy - combining the strength of Dendrochronolgy and Radiocarbon”
  • AGU Fall-session December 2004 San Francisco“Atmospheric Radiocarbon fluctuations in the Late Glacial obtained from tree-ring chronologies - aspects of rapid climate change”
  • Carlsberg Conference Icecore and Radiocarbon Chronologies Copenhagen 2005
  • INQUA-SEQS 2006 Milano 2006
  • Radiocarbon & Archaeology 5th International symposium, Zurich 2008
  • 3rd International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA3), University of York, York, U.K.
    Poster: Talamo S and Richards MP (2008) Testing pretreatment methods for the radiocarbon dating of bone collagen.
    Poster : Mannino M, Talamo S, Di Salvo R, Schimmenti V, Piperno M, Tusa S, Tagliacozzo A, and Richards MP (2008) Preliminary results of C and N isotope analyses and 14C dating of prehistoric humans and animals from the Mesolithic-Neolithic site of Grotta dell’Uzzo, Sicily, Italy.
  • 20th International Radiocarbon Conference; Hawaii (2009) Oral presentation: Talamo S and Richards MP “AMS sample comparison close to the limit of the method. A limit or challenge?”
  • 1st ESHE European Society for the study of Human Evolution, Leipzig 2011
  • 21st International Radiocarbon Conference; Paris (2012) Oral presentation: Talamo S; Richards MP.; Roussel M.; Soressi M.; Hublin JJ.; “Comparison of Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition sites in Southwest France. An accurate chronology.”



  • 1996-1998 Fieldwork Grotta del Lazaret , Nizza
  • 1996-1998 Fieldwork Bronze age Lake settlements,
  • Castellaro Lagusello, Italia
  • 2003 and 2006 Fieldwork to recover subfossil wood Romania-Hungary
  • 2003 Radiocarbon sampling Nasca, Perù
  • 2004 to 2006 Fieldwork to recover subfossil wood in Italy