Messana, Chiara

PhD Student

Phone: (+34) 607 982 128


Sponsor: FI Agaur Grant



Bachelor’s degree in Archaeological Cultural Heritage (Beni Culturali Archeologici) by the University of Palermo (Sicily, Italy) and Master’s degree in Quaternary, Prehistory and Archaeology (Quaternario, Preistoria e Archeologia) by the University of Ferrara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy). In 2018 I made an Erasmus+ Traineeship at the Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES), working on zooarchaeological, taphonomical and isotopic analyses of macro-fauna assemblages in relation to the emerge of the first productive societies.
Currently, I am beneficiary of a Predoctoral Fellowship (FI-AGAUR-2020) with the financial sponsorship of the Generalitat de Catalunya, under the supervision of Dr. Josep Maria Vergès and Dr. Carlos Tornero.
My research project focuses on the study of the first pastoral communities in the Mediterranean area, through the combinations of zooarcheological and biochemical (stable isotopes) analyses. Specifically, we study the management and exploitation of the caprine livestocks by these communities, reconstructing the demographic composition (species, age of death and sex) of the herds, their seasonal feeding habits, the annual reproductive dynamics and the annual mobility patterns.
This methodological approach will allow to confirm or deny, through direct evidence, the interpretations derived from the most traditional archaeological studies and will provide new cultural, socioeconomic and environmental data to the studied sites. Furthermore, it will allow to understand and resolve issues about the first pastoral communities in the Mediterranean area at a very precise, annual and seasonal temporal scale.