Romagnoli, Francesca


Phone: (+34) 607 982 139



Sponsor: Postdoctoral Marie Curie EU Grant

I am an Italian Palaeolithic archaeologist, specialised in the study of Middle Palaeolithic tool productions.
In the IPHES I am currently working on a two years Marie Skłodowska-Curie IEF Fellowship within the H2020 Program. My project acronym is REAPPAST (High Resolution Approach in Middle and Upper Palaeolithic sites for reconstructing Social dynamic and Technical behaviours). During the two years project I will investigate site formation processes casting light on socio-technical organisation of Late Pleistocene populations and the relationship between group size and complex skills. I will us high-resolution lithic, GIS and modelling approach to test hypotheses on the number of co-residents on the basis of intra-site spatial and temporal analysis of knapping areas and of number of single technical events carried out within each area (
I will develop my research in collaboration with the University College of London (UK) and Université de Bordeaux (France).
In the IPHES I also collaborate to researches at Abric Romaní and Abric de la Consagració sites.

I received my International PhD, supported by an European grant for mobility, at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy) in May 2012 with final evaluation Apta cum laude and European mention. I still collaborate to investigations on the Mousterian at Grotta del Cavallo, which is one of the most important Middle Palaeolithic sites in southern Italy and was the main object of my PhD research. In 2012 I continued my research on Neanderthal adaptation to the environment in south-eastern Italy thanks to a grant sponsored by the Università degli Studi di Siena. In 2014 I was supported by a grant of Regione Toscana for the analysis of Acheulean stone industries of Eritrea and Sudan.

I am interested in reconstructing the economic strategies and social dynamics of ancient populations through the analysis of technology organisation (assessment of risks, cost analysis, human mobility in the land, available resources, shared knowledge and its mechanism of transmission). I have investigated these topics for Lower and Middle Palaeolithic stone productions and for Neanderthal shell technology, with innovative proposals on this last topic. I have achieved my expertise through several foreign stays (78 weeks since 2008) mainly in France (Université Paris X-Nanterre, Département d'Ethnologie, Préhistoire et Ethnomusicologie) and Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Prehistoria y Arqueología and Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social). In 2011 I was selected to attend the International CNRS Workshop “Technologie de la Pierre Taillée Préhistorique: Méthodologie et Initiation Pratique” organised by J. Pelegrin and P.-J. Texier.

My research activity has resulted in six papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory and Quaternary International (first author in five), three papers in collective volumes (first author in two) and 11 papers in Conference Proceedings. I have disseminated the results of my research through 25 oral communications at national and international scientific congresses. It should be underscored an invitation to the international workshop “The Origin of Recycling: A Palaeolithic Perspective” organised in 2013 at the University of Tel Aviv (Israel). I have been engaged in academic conferences in European Universities (e.g., Groningen Institute of Archaeology in The Netherlands and Masaryk University in Czech Republic); several public conferences and Museum education activities in Italy (in collaboration with Museo Fiorentino di Preistoria “Paolo Graziosi”, Ministero Italiano dell’Università e della Ricerca and Università degli Studi di Siena).

I am Lecturer in Prehistory and Methodology in Archaeology for Bachelor, Master and Post-Graduated students. My teaching activities have been carried out at the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology of the Near East of Masaryk University of Brno, Czech Republic, and at the Department SAGAS of the Università degli Studi di Firenze, in Italy. I have co-directed three Bachelor’s degree Thesis and one Master’s degree Thesis in Prehistory. My teaching activity also includes laboratory activity, the organisation of workshops for students and seminars.

I have several field experiences. Between 2005 and 2012 I directed three archaeological excavations and four archaeological preventive evaluations in urban context. Since 2004 I have been in charge of tutoring students in several field campaigns at Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites, including Grotta del Romito and Grotta del Cavallo in Italy and Harurona Cave in Ethiopia. Since 2010 I have participated to four archaeological survey in Eritrea (in collaboration with Università “La Sapienza” di Roma and Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”) and in Calabria, Italy (in collaboration with the University of Groningen).