Summer School in Classical Archaeology

The Staff

Excavation activities will be carried out by a staff of three archeologists, all of them very skillfull in the archaeological method and in the recording activities linked with our field-work. Two times every week the study of materials (pottery, metals, glasses, bones, etc.) will be carried out by two different members of the staff.


Simonetta Menchelli

Dr. Simonetta Menchelli

General Supervisor


Simonetta Menchelli has a BA in Ancient Topography, a PhD in Archaeology and is a Laboratory Technician, Supervisor of the Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa. She is actually Professor in charge of the courses of Ancient Topography at the University of Pisa.She conducts research in Italy (Tuscany, Liguria, the Marches) and Europe (Corsica, Albania and Hungary).

Her research interests include:

  • Archaeological excavations and survey methodology, with the application of non-destructive diagnostic techniques;
  • Landscape archaeology;
  • The study of ancient buildings, their typologies and construction techniques;
  • Documentation methods;
  • Ancient pottery, with a specific interest in the archaeometric aspects;
  • The archaeology of production, trade and transport systems.

She has presented papers on these topics at national and international conferences, in Italy and abroad and she is a member of various international scientific Associations, participating regularly in their activities. She is the author of over than 130 works (see: More information on her personal website.

Stefano Genovesi

Dr. Stefano Genovesi

Excavation Supervisor


Classical Archaeologist, collaborator of the Archaeological Superintendences of Tuscany, Liguria and Sardinia. He got his MA degree at the University of Pisa with a thesis on a late Augustan age shipwreck charged with lead inscribed ingots sunk along the Northern coast of Sardinia.

In 2008 he got his Ph.D. Degree in Ancient History with a thesis concerning the administration of the imperial owned mines between Augustan Age and the end of the 1st century AD and in 2010 he got the Degree of the Archaeological School of Specialization in the University of Pisa, writing a thesis on a Mithras cult shrine excavated in the site of Portus Pisanus (Livorno).

He took part and leaded excavations in archaeological sites of northern Etruria, such as Livorno (area of Portus Pisanus), Cecina (Roman Villa of St. Vincenzino; harbour of Vada Volaterrana), Populonia (Roman villa at Poggio del Molino) and has been in charge of surveys in Tuscany (territories of Pisa and Volterra) and in Sicily (territory of the Greek colony of Heraclea Minoa).

Since 2014 he is curator of the Civic Museum of Cecina and of the Archaeological Park of the Roman villa of S. Vincenzino. Since 2017 he is curator of the Arcaheological Park of Massaciuccoli Romana.

His primary research interests include:

  • Archaeology of ancient ports;
  • Study of Roman pottery, with a specific interest in transport amphoras;
  • Topographical topics (rural population and settlement, archaeology of production);
  • Historical and administrative topics relating to imperial mines;


12961602_1681258202125749_1113650569306159471_n (1)Dr. Alberto Cafaro

Archaeologist, Survey Supervisor

Classical Archaeologist and Roman Historian, he got his BA and MA Degrees in Archaeology at the University of Pisa, with two thesis devoted to the guild-seats of the Roman professional associations (collegia) in Latium and Campania. In 2015 he was chercheur invité at the University of Strasbourg, and in 2016 he was guest member of the Staff at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2017, he successfully defended a PhD thesis in Roman History at the University of Pisa, concerning the praefectura fabrum in the wider context of Roman republican and imperial politics and institutions. He took part in archaeological excavations and surveys in northern Etruria – Pisa, Livorno (Portus Pisanus), Guardistallo (PI), Vada (LI – Vada Volaterrana) and the Cecina Valley (LI). He is taking part in the study of Roman pottery in the Misis Höyük Excavation Project (MisHEP), in south-eastern Turkey. He is a contributor of Amici Populi Romani – Prosopography of the Foreign Friends of the Romans (3rd century BCE – 4th century CE). His primary research interests include:

  • Prosopography
  • Epigraphy
  • Roman politics and institutions
  • Ancient economy
  • Ancient professional associations
  • Roman pottery
  • Ancient Topography, with a focus on Ancient architecture

Adriano Ribolini

Dr. Adriano Ribolini

Support Staff (GPR Lab)


University Researcher of the Department of Earth Sciences (University of Pisa) since 2004. Visit researcher at the CNAM Institute (Paris) during the 2006. Post-doc researcher in the Department of Earth Science of the University of Pisa from 1999 to 2004.Visit researcher at Department of Geography of the University of Zurich in 1998. PhD doctor in Earth Sciences in 1999. BS Earth Sciences in 1995.

The research interests deal with glacial and periglacial landforms and processes in several mountain sectors of European Alps and elsewhere, as well as with geophysical applications (ERT, GPR) to geomorphology and geoarchaeology. He is the head of the Georadar section of the Applied Geophysics Lab of the University of Pisa. He is involved as Principal and Co-Investigator in projects focussed on the geophysical exploration of archaeological sites in Italy and abroad (Israel, Turkey).

Author of more than 30 papers on international peer reviewed journals and book chapters.