- Centre de Recherche en Physique Appliquée à l'Archéologie, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Pessac, France
- Africa, Ancient Palaeolithic, Archaeometry, Buildings archaeology, Dating, Environmental archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Middle Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Paleoenvironment, Raw materials, Upper Palaeolithic
Educational and work
BA Archaeology, University of Padua, Italy (2006) MA Archaeology, University of Padua, Italy (2009) PhD Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Israel (2014) Postdoctoral fellow, National Museum Bloemfontein, South Africa (2014) Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow, University of Tübingen, Germany (2015-2016) I am an archaeologist interested in the evolution of Homo sapiens in Africa during the Middle and Late Pleistocene. My research focuses on the reconstruction of site formation processes and paleoenvironments based on the study of the microscopic archaeological record to better understand human dispersal and adaptation strategies. I make extensive use of analytical methods such as infrared and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, sediment micromorphology and phytolith analysis to determine site formation processes, characterize prehistoric pyrotechnology and develop new approaches in carbonate chemistry. Currently, I direct excavations at two prehistoric sites in the Free State province of South Africa: Lovedale (Middle Stone Age) and Damvlei (Later Stone Age).