Meeting “Ambiente ed archeologia dei Colli Berici e delle Valli di Fimon”, 1st March 2019, Padova

The Berici Hills and, in particular the Fimon Valleys, represent an extraordinary archive of the Late Pleistocene environmental, climate and Middle to Late Palaeolithic human history in north-eastern Italy. The multidisciplinary nature of this meeting promoted knowledge exchange between humanities and other scientific domains (e.g., geology, archaeology, paleoecology, zooarchaeology).

UISPP Paris, 5 Juin 2018

Peopling dynamics in the Mediterranean area between 45 and 39 ky ago: state of art and new data

UISPP Paris, 4-9 Juin 2018


Federica Badino. Palaeoecological analysis of sediments documenting the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic age transition in Alpine and Mediterranean ecosystems; palaeoenvironmental and quantitative palaeoclimate reconstructions. A contribution to the ERC Project “SUCCESS”.
Stefano Benazzi. The earliest migration of Homo sapiens in southern Europe: an ERC grant to understand the biocultural processes that define our uniqueness
Stefano Benazzi and Annamaria Ronchitelli
Matteo Romandini. Bears and Humans, a Neanderthal tale. Reconstructing uncommon behaviors from zooarchaeological evidence in Southern Europe.
Marco Peresani

Simona Arrighi. Bone artefacts from transitional and Early Upper Palaeolithic techno-complexes in Italy
Simona Arrighi. Ornaments and Pigments and their implications in behavioural modernity during the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Italy








Matteo Romandini. Mammals and birds in Italy : a view across the MP-UP humans transition.




Meeting at the Department of Studi Umanistici of the University of Ferrara with Tom Higham and Marco Peresani

The group met to select materials belonging to the Uluzzian levels of the Broion shelter (VI). New analyses, will be performed to date the late musterian levels. Also, ZooArchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) analyses will be carried out.

Since high proportion of fragmentary specimens often dominates archaeological bone assemblages, making it difficult to identify them by means of morphological analyses. ZooArchaeology by Mass Spectormetry (ZooMS) uses the persistence and slow evolution of collagen, that survives for thousands – and in some cases millions – of years, to yield taxonomic identifications of archaeological bones, ivory, antler, and skin as a “molecular barcode” to read the identity of these materials.

Scanning sessions at The Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) (Pennsylvania State University)

In order to study the trabecular biomechanical properties of our bones, we don’t need to actually cut them! So, here we are, scanning a bunch of bones at the Center for Quantitative Imaging (CQI) of Penn State University (University Park), under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Ryan and Tim Stecko

The bones are placed inside a tube and fixed with foam.


Work in progress…..


Check and reconstruction of the data


After checking the quality of our scans, we can proceed with the reconstruction and, then, with the creation of a 3D model…and that is another story!


…To be continued……