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)

Degree Programme Director for the Archaeology Research Students


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

2008-16    Lecturer in Later Prehistory, Newcastle University

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

Awards and Esteem Indicators

2016-17    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         Offered - Rome Fellowship, The British School at Rome 

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


Research Interests

  • Prehistoric technology; early metallurgy; metalwork wear analysis; experimental archaeology
  • Later prehistory of the Central Mediterranean including chronology, burial practices, settlement and household, and the landscape
  • Bronze Age weaponry and warfare

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 bodies: Newcastle University and the British Museum)

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

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:

2017-   Alicia Sawyer

2015-   Marco Romeo Pitone

2015-   Amber Roy

2014-   Raphael Hermann 

2012-   Michael Smith (currently suspended)


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)