School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Andrea Dolfini

Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistory


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of the Cluster for Interdisciplinary Artefact Studies (CIAS)
Coordinator of the School's Exchange Programmes
Coordinator of the Material Culture Research Strand


2010      PhD in Archaeology, St. John's College, University of Cambridge (UK)
2003      Post-Graduate Diploma in European Prehistory, University of Milan (Italy)
1998      First Degree in Classics and Archaeology, University of Milan (Italy)

Previous Positions

2008-2016  Lecturer in Later Prehistory, Newcastle University

2004-05      Lecturer in European Prehistory, Golden Age University, Milan (Italy)

Awards and Esteem Indicators

2016     Fellow of the Great North Museum : Hancock

2013-    Council Member, The Historical Metallurgy Society 

2013     Nominated (with Graeme Barker, Cambridge). Lloyd Cotsen Prize, UCLA

2008     Rome Fellowship, The British School at Rome (offered) 

2003     Early career publication award, The Italian Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory (IIPP)


Research Interests

Later prehistory of Italy and the central Mediterranean region; early metallurgy; metalwork wear analysis; technological change and innovation; death and burial; household archaeology; the Mediterranean landscape.

Other Expertise

Wear analysis of copper-alloy metalwork (by optical microscopy)

Current Projects

2015-   TEMPI - The Time of Early Metalwork in Italy. Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship investigating the chronology and classification of early Italian metalwork (Marie-Curie Fellow: Dr Cristiano Iaia; funding body: European Commission)

2015-   The First Halberds in Europe. Project investigating the chronology and function of early Italian halberds by radiocarbon dating and use-wear analysis (funding body: The Prehistoric Society)

2014-   BATWEP - Bronze Age Tree-felling and Woodworking Experimental Project. Project investigating the use-value of Bronze Age axes by field and lab tests and wear analysis (with T. Joyce, J. Desrosier & L. Ansley)

2013-   Bronze Age Combat: An Experimental Approach. Project investigating Late Bronze Age sword, spear, axe and shield fighting through field experiments, combat tests, and wear analysis (with R. Crellin, R. Hermann, M. Uckelmann, Q. Wang and others; funding body: Newcastle University)

2013-   Case Bastione Archaeological Project. Excavation and analysis of a multi-stratified settlement site in Sicily, third-second millennia BC (with E. Giannitrapani, F. Ianni' and others)

In 2011-12 I also contributed (as a specialist advisor) to The Cutting Edge, an innovative online archive of archaeological and ethnographic objects with sharp edges held in the Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM).

A selection of my research papers can be downloaded from my webpage.

Future Research

I am working (with J. Robb, Cambridge) towards an AHRC research networking application to organise a series of conferences on the prehistoric central Mediterranean  

Postgraduate Supervision

I am keen to supervise doctoral students working on any of my research areas; informal enquires are welcome. I am currently supervising the following students:

2015-   Marco Romeo Pitone

2015-   Amber Roy

2014-   Raphael Hermann 

2012-   Michael Smith


Undergraduate Teaching (as module leader)

ARA1026 - Introduction to Archaeological Science (semester 2)
ARA2011 - Later European Prehistory (semester 2)
ARA3100 - The Rise of the Middle Sea(semester 1)

Postgraduate Teaching (as module leader)

ARA8186 - Ancient Technologies: Understanding metalwork (semesters 1 & 2)