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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

February 15, 2018

Next week I am going to Pakistan for the first project's fieldwork. Actually, it's three projects' fieldwork combined: RAINDROPS (keep reading the blog for more details), ModAgro and PaleoAsia. The three projects are very interrelated as they approach similar research...

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