Dr Sabrina Pietrobono
Marie Curie IEF Fellow

  • Email: sabrina.pietrobono@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 0191 208 7165
  • Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
    Armstrong Building, Room 1.27
    Newcastle University


  • 2008: “Dottorato di ricerca” (Ph.D.) in Medieval Archaeology, 3 years, University of L’Aquila (IT).
  • 2004: “Diploma di specializzazione” (MA) in Classical Archaeology, 3 years, La Sapienza – University of Rome, 1st School of Archaeology - Rome.
  • 2003: “Diploma” in “Archival Studies, Palaeography and Diplomatics”, State Archive of Rome (S. Ivo alla Sapienza).
  • 2001: Post graduate course in “Economics and Management of Cultural Heritage”, Faculty of Economics; University of Rome - Tor Vergata
  • 2000: Pontifical post graduate course in Christian Archaeology, 3 years, Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (PIAC), Vatican City/Rome: Licenza in Christian Archaeology (1999); Baccalaureato in Christian Archaeology (1998).
  • 1999: Post graduate course in “History of the 20th Century”, 2 years, University of Rome – Tor Vergata/BAICR.
  • 1998: Post graduate course in “Analysis and Management Policies of Archaeological and Architectural Heritage of the Territory”, University of Rome - Tor Vergata;
  • 1997: Masters Degree in Letters (Bachelor (Honours) of Humanities), Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Philosophy). La Sapienza – University of Rome.

A landscape research specialist who brings together historical archive and archaeological approaches to the investigation of landscape history. An expert in Christian, Medieval and Historical Archaeology; however also studied local history - North East England; Normandy (Caen Region, Rouen and Mont-Saint-Michel); Southern Italy and Rome - and contemporary history. Independent thinking and an innate ability to transcend academic boundaries has influenced my multidisciplinary education and professional development, absolutely appropriate for linking emerging interdisciplinary and theoretical strategies in Landscape Archaeology.

I have devoted myself to develop comparative approaches in Landscape studies and to analyse a wide range of hand-written and printed documents, from Middle Ages to nowadays, in order to understand historical issues related to landscape evolution and transformation. Currently completing my Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship research at Newcastle University under Sam Turner's supervision, by organising a full-conference week in April (3-10 April 2014), in Italy. I am going to present part of my research on 14 June 2014 in Arpino (FR, Italy) and at the International Medieval Congress, 9 July 2014, in Leeds.  I am also working on publications as outputs of my research, both in Italian and English. Finally, I am publishing The Pofi Project's results and my Italian PhD. My interest is currently focused on medieval castles and Christian epigraphy as I am completing my Pontifical PhD in Christian Archaeology at PIAC (Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology).


Grants and Awards:

  • 2012. N-LINK project. FP7 - PEOPLE. Marie-Curie Action: "Intra-European fellowships for career development".
  • Full-conference scholarships. 
  1. 28 - 31 July 2009, VI Encuentros Internacionales del Medievo 2009, "Construir la ciudad en la Edad Media”, Nájera, La Rioja, Spain.
  2. 10 - 12 October 2008, IV Workshop "Città comunali e città del Regno. Confronti e comparazioni (secoli XII-XV)", Centro di Studi sulla Civiltà comunale, Pescia (Pistoia) – University of Florence (Italy).
  3. 10 - 13 July 2008, Civis civitas, Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sui Beni Librari e Archivistici (CISLAB), Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Philosophy) in Arezzo/Siena University, Montepulciano (Si).
  • 2009: Funded Project, “Le Storie della terra”, Archaeological Civic Museum of Castro dei Volsci (FR - Italy).
  • 2004-2007: Full scholarship, PhD University of L'Aquila (Italy).
Previous positions:

  • 2011: Visiting lecturer, Newcastle University (UK).
  • 2007–2010: Middle and High Schools. Teacher of Italian, History and Latin (Rome and Provincia di Roma).
  • 2009: Project supervisor: “Le Storie della terra”, Archaeological Civic Museum of Castro dei Volsci (FR - Italy).
  • 2007-2008: Scientific Director, Archaeological Civic Museum of Castro dei Volsci (FR - Italy).
  • 2004-2007: Ph.D. researcher, University of L'Aquila (Italy).
  • 2001-2002. BAICR, Istituto Sturzo, Rm – University of Rome - Tor Vergata. Learning consultant.
  • 1998 - 2001. Coop. LATERS srl, external field archaeologist for Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Lazio and Sovrintendenza Comunale ai Beni Archeologici, Roma.

Research areas:

  • Archives and documents: interdisciplinary studies in history and archaeology.
  • Landscapes in Italy since the Roman period;
  • Trasformation of Roman and medieval towns in Central Italy;
  • Monasteries and castles in the Middle Ages;
  • Ancient and medieval architecture;
  • Christian/medieval epigraphy;
  • Roman and Medieval roads in Italy.


Research Projects

  • My current research project is:  
  1. UK:  Marie-Curie Action: "Intra-European fellowships for career development", IEF. Seventh Framework Programme. Normannitas: Landscape, Identity and Norman Kingdoms. Project Acronym: N-LINK. Newcastle University - School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Individual research grant. Supervisor: Sam Turner.
  • Active research projects:

          1. The Pofi Project: Ceramics and small finds from a medieval castrum in Central Italy, directed by Italo Biddittu. With Rosangela De Acutis.

          2. Raffaele Garrucci e l'epigrafia cristiana. Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology (Rome - Vatican City). Supervisor: Prof. Danilo Mazzoleni.

  • Recent research projects (selection): 
  1. Italy: "Le Storie della Terra". Comune di Castro dei Volsci and Provincia di Frosinone. Scientific Director of the Civic Archaeological Museum and project supervisor.
  2. Italy. Research and technical support for the Museum catalogue publication project: see Pascucci P. and Fenelli, M (eds). Il Museo Civico Archaeologico di Castro dei Volsci. Rome. 2009. 
  3. Italy: The Castles of Lazio Meridionale. Settlements dynamics, fortified structures and seigniorial power between the Melfa and Liri Rivers (9th - 13th centuries). University of L'Aquila, PhD. 
  4. Italy: Carta Archeologica Medievale. Forma Italiae Medii Aevi. Supervisor: Stella Patitucci Uggeri. University of Cassino. 
  5. Italy: "Santità e territorio". Indipendent research project for "San Germano. Collana di storia e cultura religiosa medievale", University of Cassino, Director Filippo Carcione.



  • Member of the Board of Editors of "San Germano - Storia e Cultura Religiosa", University of Cassino.  
  • Reviewer activity: http://histara.sorbonne.fr


  • N-LINK
    Project Leader(s): Sabrina Pietrobono, Sam Turner