My Story

When I was a child I realized that when I grew up I wanted to be an archaeologist. I don’t know why, probably for the interest I had towards humanity in all its forms. Certainly not because I was an Indiana Jones fan … To tell the truth, I’ve never seen it and I will not see it, because the archaeologist is everything but not an Indiana Jones. I don’t know where this vocation came from, I just know that it has taken me this far: to be an archaeologist.

From that moment on, all the choices I made were based on this career that I wanted to build. At 14, I enrolled at the Art Institute, thinking it would help me in the future during my academic career. This wasn’t the case, a classical high school would have been better, but now it doesn’t matter. Later I looked for universities with a degree course in cultural heritage and my choice fell on the University of Bologna. Not only because the course wasn’t under Letters, but also because the University of Bologna is considered to be, by various sources, the oldest in the world, as well as the best in Italy, and at that time I had interests on this…

So in 2008 I arrived at the University where in the first year I began to settle down, until I reached my first excavation in April 2009, at the Pieve di Santa Reparata, and then I realized that it was really my path.

During my university career I understood another vocation, physical anthropology, which has been the main theme of my university career. I wrote both theses on this subject, I did the civil service at the Lab of Physical Anthropology campus and I wrote several scientific articles in this area. I would have loved to continue my university career, but despite I tried a lot of PhD applications, my fate had to be different. So, after several defeats in the academic world, finally I had the first call from an archaeological company and from that moment I am a freelance archaeologist.

My ArchaeoStory

15/10/2020

Come back at work after two months of unemployment

Come back at work after two months of unemployment

Finally after two months of unemployment I went back to work to excavate a roman villa in one of the places I like most … the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano.

20/07/2020

December 2019, come back to Rimini

December 2019, come back to Rimini

During a break from my whatching brief in Faenza I went back to digging in Rimini in different sites and I had the opportunity to dig other tombs! I dug in Rimini until the end of February when the pandemic began.

04/11/2019

November 2019, towards Cilento to study bones!

November 2019, towards Cilento to study bones!

I went to Cilento to study bones found in the Convent of Cuccaro Vetere (SA) to publish them in a monograph.

29/07/2019

July and August 2019, I come back to Toano for two weeks

July and August 2019, I come back to Toano for two weeks

At the end of August I went back to dig for two weeks at the parish of Toano, this year the most ancient medieval phases were excavated.

14/07/2019

July 2019, my first whatching brief for the construction of a gas pipeline

July 2019, my first whatching brief for the construction of a gas pipeline

In mid of July I started my first whatching brief for the construction of a gas pipeline, it was a very formative experience that gave me the opportunity to work in full autonomy. At the moment I continue to do sporadically whatching brief for the same company.

07/07/2019

July 2019, Summer campus of anthropology and osteology of LABANOF

July 2019, Summer campus of anthropology and osteology of LABANOF

In July, two of my friends and I participated in the summer campus of anthropology and osteology organized by Labanof. Thanks to this I was able to meet two great professors of physical anthropology Professor Cristiana Cattaneo and Professor Robert Mann.

09/06/2019

June 2019, come back to work after school

June 2019, come back to work after school

After two months of lessons, I returned to work in the middle of the flat land, in a small private building site that had lasted a few weeks, but where I worked again with a dear friend of mine from the Lodi pipeline!

08/04/2019

April and May 2019, school of specialization lessons

April and May 2019, school of specialization lessons

I have worked at Rimini until April when the lessons of the school are started. They were two intense months, with more or less useful lessons, but we had a lot of fun with my classmates. We are university students again!

17/12/2018

December 2018, new job in Rimini ! Finally near home!

December 2018, new job in Rimini ! Finally near home!

In December 2018, I have started a new job in a commercial site in Rimini, where we found a roman necropolis!

07/12/2018

December 2018, I am in at the school of specialization in archaeological heritage of Aquileia!

December 2018, I am in at the school of specialization in archaeological heritage of Aquileia!

The 6th and the 7th of December 2018, me and some collegues of  Lodi went to Trieste for do the entry test for the school of specialization in archaeological heritage! And we entered all three!

06/08/2018

August 2018, the excavation of Santa Maria of Toano

August 2018, the excavation of Santa Maria of Toano

In August 2018, I have dug in the site of Santa Maria of Toano, where I had the opportunity to manage the excavation of the cemetery area.

11/04/2018

April 2018, my second pipeline in Lombardy!

April 2018, my second pipeline in Lombardy!

In April 2018, I have started my second pipeline in Lombardy, near Pavia and around Lodi.

01/09/2017

September 2017, commercial site in Reggio Emilia

September 2017, commercial site in Reggio Emilia

In September 2017, I worked for two months in a commercial site in Reggio Emilia (Italy), where we found a Roman villa.

24/07/2017

July 2017, My second article is published on the Journal of Human Evolution!

July 2017, My second article is published on the Journal of Human Evolution!

My second scientific article was accepted and published on the Journal of Human Evolution! In this study I was involved in the taxonomic classification of some dental finds from two archaeological sites located in western Georgia.

26/04/2017

April 2017, my first pipiline!

April 2017, my first pipiline!

In April 2017, I worked on a pipeline for archaeological assistance at Poviglio, Soliera and Argelato, until August! It was an amazing experience which led me to understand a lot of archaeological contexts, from protohistoric to the Roman period.

17/09/2016

September 2016, ESHE meeting in Madrid

September 2016, ESHE meeting in Madrid

In September 2016, I was going in Madrid for a Pecha Kucha presentation to the 6th Annual ESHE Meeting entitled “Dental morphlogy and morphometric analyses of Upper Paleolithic human remains from Dzudzuana and Satsurblia caves, western Georgia”.

06/06/2016

June 2016, Archaeological excavation of Ulluzzo C Cave

June 2016, Archaeological excavation of Ulluzzo C Cave

In June 2016, I dug in Uluzzo C Cave, in Nardò (Lecce, Italy), an amazing archaeological site place on the cliff.

28/01/2016

January 2016, My first article is online on the Journal of Human Evolution!

January 2016, My first article is online on the Journal of Human Evolution!

My Master thesis was turned into a scientific article and published on the Journal of Human Evolution after a year of my graduation! In this contribution, I investigate the tooth from Torrener Bärenhöhle’s cave. The tooth was microCT scanned to digitally study its external and internal morphology, and sampled for AMS radiocarbon dating to establish its taxonomy and chronology.

05/10/2015

October 2015, Internship at Department of Human Evolution

October 2015, Internship at Department of Human Evolution

In October 2015, I was going in Leipzig, at the Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, for a period of research thanks to a scholarship that I won. The Institute’s motto is “Insight must be precede application”.

16/03/2015

March 2015, Master Degree!

March 2015, Master Degree!

In March 2015, I graduated in Laboratory of Archaeological Anthropology with a thesis entitled: “Morphological and morphometric analysis of Torrener Bärenhöhle’s Paleolithic human tooth (Salzburg)”.

02/06/2014

June 2014, Internship at Anthropological Laboratory

June 2014, Internship at Anthropological Laboratory

Internship at Anthropological Laboratory of the Department of Cultural Heritage – University of Bologna (Italy), where I learned the basic skills for the study of the human skeletal remains, like cleaning and restoration of the finds, sex determination, determination of the age at the death, metric measures of human remain, recognition of skeletal pathology.

15/02/2014

February 2014, Oman here I come!

February 2014, Oman here I come!

In February 2014, I fly in Oman for a commercial excavation for the construction of an highway. In Sinaw there were a lot of monumetal tombs! I stay there for three months.

02/09/2013

September 2013, Illasi Castle

September 2013, Illasi Castle

In September 2013, I have dug in Illasi Castle (Verona, Italy).

17/09/2012

September 2012, My first survey!

September 2012, My first survey!

In September 2012, I attended for six weeks my first survey in Bagnacavallo (Ravenna, Italy).

01/08/2012

August 2012, The excavation on the Pietra di Bismantova

August 2012, The excavation on the Pietra di Bismantova

In August 2012, I dug only for two weeks up there! The Pietra di Bismantova is in Castelnovo nè Monti (Reggio Emilia, Italy). It was incredible! After this excavation I will subscribe to the Master Degree in Research, documentation and preservation of the archaeological heritage at the University of Bologna.

18/06/2012

June 2012, The excavation of Monte Lucio Castle

June 2012, The excavation of Monte Lucio Castle

In June and July 2012, I dug in Monte Lucio Castle in Quattro Castella (Reggio Emilia, Italy), an amazing site with a church entitled to San Leonard, where a lot of infants were buried and men, only one woman was found.

19/03/2012

March 2012, Bachelor Degree!

March 2012, Bachelor Degree!

In March 2012, Baby Cri graduated in Medieval Archaeology with a thesis entitled: “The burials of the parish of Santa Reparata”.

22/08/2011

August 2011, Castle of Rontana 2.0

August 2011, Castle of Rontana 2.0

In August 2011, I’m come back in the Caste of Rontana, but to dug in another sector of the Castle. In the picture I was doing hand relief of a furnace for baking bread.

06/06/2011

June 2011, The monastry of San Severo 2.0

June 2011, The monastry of San Severo 2.0

In June 2011, I’m come back in the monastry of San Severo for other graves!

07/06/2010

June 2010, The monastery of San Severo

June 2010, The monastery of San Severo

In June and July 2010 I have dug in the monastery of San Severo, in Classe (Ravenna, Italy). There I dug a lot of burials!!!

05/10/2009

October 2009, The excavation of Basilica Petriana

October 2009, The excavation of Basilica Petriana

In October 2009 I dug at the Basilica Petriana, in Classe (Ravenna, Italy) and I found my first mosaic!

24/08/2009

August 2009, my first burial

August 2009, my first burial

In August 2009, I dug my first burial in the Castle of Rontana in Brisighella (Faenza, Italy), when I fell in love with physical anthropology.

20/04/2009

April 2009, My First archaeological excavation as freshman

April 2009, My First archaeological excavation as freshman

In 2008, I enrolled in the Bachelor degree course in Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna. Already in April 2009 I dug at the Parish Church of Santa Reparata in Castrocaro Terme (Forlì-Cesena, Italy). It was my first archeological excavation that I will carry in my ❤ forever.