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.

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Prof. Arturo Marzano

Scientific Supervisor


CDr. Arturo Marzano (Rome, 1973) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, University of Pisa. He got his PhD in Contemporary History at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, and has been Research Fellow at the University of Pisa; Post-doc Research Fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research – Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; Visiting Researcher at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Senior Research Fellow at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2); and Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute. His research mainly deals with history of Judaism, Zionism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the relationship between Italy and the Middle East in the XX century. Among his main publications, there are the volumes Una terra per rinascere. Gli ebrei italiani e l’immigrazione in Palestina prima della guerra (1920-1940) (Milano, 2003); Israele e Palestina. Un conflitto lungo un secolo (Pisa, 2003); Leo Levi. Contro i dinosauri. Scritti civili e politici (1931-1972) (Napoli, 2011). With Guri Schwarz he has published Attentato alla Sinagoga. Roma, 9 ottobre1982. Il conflitto israelo-palestinese e l’Italia (Roma, 2013). With Marcella Simoni he has edited the volumes Quaranta anni dopo. Confini, barriere e limiti in Israele e Palestina (1967-2007) (Bologna, 2007) and Roma e Gerusalemme. Israele nella vita politica e culturale italiana (1949-2009) (Genova, 2010). With Serena Di Nepi he has edited the monographic issue Travels to the “Holy Land”. Perceptions, Representations and Narratives of the on-line Journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History ( He has published articles in leading Italian and International journals, including Contemporanea, Passato e Presente, The Journal of Conflict Studies, European Journal of Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, The International Spectator. He has also worked with NGOs in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria and Lebanon between 2001 and 2004.

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

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;

Dr. Francesca Bulzomì

Pottery Lab Supervisor


Classical Archaeologist, she got her BA Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Cosenza (Calabria), with a thesis on the history and topography of the ancient greek colony of Reghion (today Reggio Calabria). Her MA Degree, got at the University of Pisa, is on an amphora’s kiln dating to late Republican age, located near Leghorn. In 2014 she got the Degree of the Archaeological School of Specialization of the University of Pisa, with a thesis on glasses from a trash pit of the schola building in Vada Volaterrana.

She took part in excavations of archaeological sites in Lazio (Veio Campetti) and Northern Tuscany, such as Pisa (ancient ships in San Rossore), Leghorn (Portus Pisanus’ harbour), Cecina (Vada Volaterrana’ harbour; Roman farm of Montebono) and in the University of Pisa’s survey project “Ager Firmanus”, concerning the study of the ancient landscape of the Roman city of Fermo (Marche).

Her primary research interests embraces the following topics:

  • Study of metal and glass finds
  • Study of Roman pottery, with a specific interest in transport amphoras and common ware
  • Common life in the Roman world

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.