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……


Dear Colleagues,
we regret to draw your kind attention on a journal article on the Uluzzian techno-complex that is currently circulating on the internet (title “The Uluzzian beyond the known. From the research history to the basis that define the very nature of this techno-complex”). This paper was published online on 21/11/2017 against the authors’ will by the journal “Anthropology Open Access” (Gavin Publishers Editorial Group, which is frequently listed in the web among potential online predatory publishers).
We would like to ask you not to download and – especially – not to reference the above mentioned article. We are currently taking legal action for having it removed from the internet.
The actual scientific paper is currently undergoing revision in a fully indicized (Isi and Scopus), peer-reviewed international journal. You can download the PRE-PRINTS in the Publication section of this website.

11th International Symposium on Knappable Materials

November 2017

……to Buenos Aires!
After a 14th-hour flight…we finally get to Buenos Aires!!!


Communications, exchange of ideas …..and archaeologists from all over the world!


Travelling through the amazing Pampas!!


Field trip at Mar del Plata, including wind, cold and an interesting lessons about Southern America Prehistory
Visiting the Museum of Natural Sciences at Necochea, with a special welcome show from tango dancers
Archaeologists on the road! A journey to Tandil
Visiting the prehistoric site of Tandil
Wild horses in the Pampas