Speciale, Claudia



Sponsor: MSCA-COFUND-2020


I started in November 2022 as MSCA-COFUND-R2STAIR 2020 fellow.
My project is called: "SIciLian small islands VegetAtion under the effect of the first human colonizers (SILVA)" Línia de investigación "Paleoecology", sota la supervisió de la investigadora IPHES-CERCA Dra.Ethel Allué.

I am a prehistoric archaeologist and archaeobotanist PhD. I worked for the project IsoCAN, funded by the European Research Council in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain), about the subsistence systems of the first settlers of the Canary Islands. I was formerly a Post-Doc Researcher for the SINERGY ERC project COREX, From correlations to explanations: towards a new European prehistory, with PI Kristian Kristianses at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and before at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Naples, Italy) leading Brains2Islands, a multidisciplinary project between Archaeology, Volcanology, Archaeobotany and Landscape Ecology on small islands. Her Ph.D. thesis (University of Salento, Italy) was on palaeodemographic dynamics and the use of vegetal resources on the Aeolian archipelago (Sicily, Italy). I am particularly interested in the interaction of humans with the prehistoric landscape and prehistoric subsistence systems on big and small islands. I took part in several interdisciplinary research projects. I also coordinated an international working group on Mediterranean “Past, Present and Future Landscapes” – MISTRALS-CNRS-BIODIVMEX and I participates in projects as archaeobotanist (Copper/Bronze Age, Middle Ages in Sicily, Neolithic of Sicily and Cyprus) – developing the archaeobotanical analyses of around 30 archaeological sites.