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September 10, 2019

May 13th, 7 p.m. We finally got there. After one of the shortest 20 hours trips of my life we finally got to Adigrat. Yes, I know… Where the heck is that? Well, think Africa, then go East, then find Ethiopia, and finally look up to Tigray, the northeastern region. Ther...

August 27, 2019

While on holidays (yes, we all got to enjoy nice off-time with families during August! ;-) the research did not stop completely and, as a result, we came back to work with two nice surprises on our desks!

First, the seminal publication of the project, with the resu...

April 18, 2019

So, you know when you look at the PEOPLE page and you see that one missing picture right at the center of the page? We are looking to fill that in with an actual person's photo! If you are looking for a postdoc starting from September 2019, and you are an expert on sta...

March 19, 2019

It has been two months since I arrived at ICRISAT. In less than one day I realised that this is a calm and green paradise inside India, nothing to do with the world outside! The campus is surrounded by fields, isolated from the chaos of the city, definitely the right p...

October 10, 2018

Disclaimer: this entry is a very personal reflection on how I think archaeology is too often presented to the public, both general as well as the scientific community and what are the risks associated. These are mainly rambling thoughts I have been having for a while a...

July 11, 2018

Although RAINDROPS has its own well-established three case studies, one of use has made a discreet foray into South African archaeology and ethnoarchaeology. Southern African drylands are, in fact, extremely suited to ethnoarchaological and archaeobotanical approaches,...

June 8, 2018

Yesterday the latest issue of PAGES magazine, a journal published by the Past Global Change Initiative, came out. The issue, edited by Marie-José Gaillard-Lemdahl, Nicki Whitehouse, Marco Madella, Kathy Morrison and Lucien von Gunten, is focussed on 'Past Land Use and...

April 4, 2018

In the late 80s and early 90s, when I was still a youngish PhD student, I went for the first time to Sindh to work with the Italian Archaeological Mission that was surveying the flint quarries and workshops of the Rohri Hills. The hills consist of limestone flat-topped...

March 26, 2018

There are so many things to do and fix after coming back from fieldwork that it has taken some time to write this blog entry. However, even if a tad late, here are some of the amazing things we have been doing in Sindh last month (my, oh my!).

First of all, project name...

February 22, 2018

The main aim of this first fieldwork is very much to organise future fieldworks. The targets of this trip are mainly two. On the one hand we need to find suitable locations for the ethnoarcaheological work; on the other hand we need to understand practical aspects for...

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