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, 4-9 Juin 2018
Welcome to Paris!
Our team is ready to attend the meeting!
Join us at our session “Peopling dynamics in the Mediterranean area between 45 and 39 ky ago: state of art and new data”
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.
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
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……