HodgesRichard Hodges
Principal Investigator

Richard Hodges studied archaeology and medieval history at Southampton University, where he also gained his PhD in 1977 on the trade and ceramics of the North Sea region. He was President of the American University in Rome (AUR) from 2012 to 2020.



BianchiGiovanna Bianchi

Giovanna Bianchi has a degree in Medieval Archaeology, and a Research Doctorate (PhD). She is Associate Professor in Christian and Medieval Archeology at the University of Siena, Department of of History and Cultural Heritage.

Coordinator of the University of Siena scientific team.


DallaiLuisa Dallai

Luisa Dallai holds a PhD in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Siena, where she studied under the supervision of Riccardo Francovich.  She is currently head of the Laboratory of Topography of the Mining Territories at the University of Siena, Department of of History and Cultural Heritage.

Since 2019 she is RTDA (Research Fellow, University of Siena), within the ERC project whose task is “Implementation of archaeological investigations using multidisciplinary techniques on selected landscape settings in the Colline Metallifere area (Southern Tuscany)”.

Scientific role: part of the research team of WP 1, WP 2, WP 3,WP5.
Coordinator: Task 1.1, 1.2: “Inland and coastal surveys” – Task 2.2 :“Coastal excavation, site Carlappiano”.


DonatiAlessandro Donati

Alessandro Donati holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Perugia and University of Siena, where he studied under the supervision of Claudio Rossi and Enzo Tiezzi. He is Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry since 2001 at the University of Siena, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy.

Scientific role: part of the research team of WP1 and WP3.
Coordinator: Task 3.9 : “Multi-scale physico-chemical study of contexts and landscapes”.


Laura Amici

Project management

Tecnologo at UNISI, Project manager with PMP® certification; consultant in European Union subjects and Project Management. Since 1997 she has been working as project writer and financial manager on integrated and multi-actor projects providing counseling and technical support on direct and indirect EU funding for private and public organizations.

Scientific Board

chris_loveluckChristopher Loveluck
Associate Professor and Reader in Medieval Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham (UK). His main research interests are early-Medieval economic systems and settlement patterns in the Anglo-Saxon area and Denmark.



skkreDagfinn Skre
Until 2010, Skre was Professor in Historic Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Conservation and history at the University of Oslo. Today he is Professor of Iron and Viking Age Archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo (Norway). His main research interests are Viking Age, early-Medieval economic systems and settlement patterns in Scandinavia.



castilloJuan Antonio Quiros Castillo
Professor in Archaeology, Department of Geography, Prehistory and Archaeology, at the Universidad del País Vasco (Spain). His main research interests are early-Medieval economic systems and settlement patterns in northern Spain.



Gelichi-SauroSauro Gelichi
Professor in Medieval Archaeology, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice (Italy). His main research interests are early-Medieval economic systems and settlement patterns in the Adriatic area.



Marco_Benvenuti2Marco Benvenuti
Associate Professor in Applied mineralogy, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence (Italy). His reasearch interests lie in ancient and Medieval archaeometallurgy applied to archaeological contexts in Tuscany.




Gaetano Di Pasquale
Associate Professor, University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). His research interest is archaeobotany in Medieval contexts in Tuscany.




MarieMarie-Christine Bailly-Maître
Research Director at the CNRS, Aix en Provence (France). Her main research interest is Medieval mining archaeology in Italy and France.




collaviniSimone Maria Collavini
Associate Professor in Medieval History at the Department of Civiltà e Forme del Sapere, University of Pisa (Italy). His main research interests are the structures of seigneurial power in Tuscany (11th-13th c.), the Aldobrandesca and Guidi principalities of the (11th-12th c.), the structures of power in Central Italian society (8th-9th c.) and the interplay between written sources and archaeological records.




Pierluigi Pieruccini
Associate Professor in Geomorphology at the Earth Science Department of the University of Turin; his main research interests is geoarchaeology and past landscape modelling.




Alessia Rovelli

Alessia Rovelli is Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Tuscia, Viterbo. (Italy). Her research interest is numismatics in both Italian and European contexts.



Anna Maria Mercuri
Anna Maria Mercuri is Associate Professor in Botany, Lab Palynology and Palaeobotany, Dept. Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). Her research focuses on palaeoenvironmental and ecological reconstructions and development of cultural landscapes during the Holocene in the Mediterranean basin and Sahara



Laura Chiarantini:
Laura Chiarantini holds a PhD in Earth Science at the University of Siena. She has been research fellow in many italian universities with activities mainly focused on archaeometallurgy and applied mineralogy  for cultural heritage and environment. She is currently a graduate technician at the “Centro di Microscopia Elettronica e Microanalisi” (University of Florence).



The young researchers


Alexander Agostini: metal artifact analyses

Veronica Aniceti: archaeozoological research

Andrea Arrighetti: digital survey and archaeosismological analysis

Mauro Buonincontri: archaeobotanical analysis

Cristina Cicali: numismatic researches

Simonetta Fiamminghi: Masterplan (2018)

Francesca Grassi: archaeometric analysis

Flavia Marani: numismatic researches

Lorenzo Marasco: research and archaeological dig

Paolo Tomei: historical documentation researches (2016-2018)

Serena Viva: physical anthropology

Vanessa Volpi: physico-chemical analysis


Andrea Bardi: relational databases

Lorenzo Cangeloni:chemical analysis

Francesca Droghini: petrographic analysis

Simon Greenslade: archaeological excavation

Sarah Leppard: archaeological excavation

Marta Rossi: archaeobotanical analysis

Serena Siena: physical anthropology (2018)

Diego Vichi: Website and social network 


Arianna Briano: pottery study and classification, archaeological dig

Giulio Poggi: 3D recording and remote sensing

Luisa Russo: pottery study and classification, archaeological dig

Davide Susini:  geoarchaeological researches


Andrea Aquino (2018)

Cinzia Bartoli: ancient maps and cartography (2016-2017)

Mirko Buono: 3D recording and modeling for archaeology (2016-2019)

Stefania Fineschi: study of iron production indicator, archaeological dig (2016-2018)

Cristina Fornacelli: archaeometric research

Alessio Grazzi: anthropological study (2018)

Elisabetta Ponta: pottery study and classification, archaeological dig

Stefania Scapolaro: anthropological study (2018)