School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Andrea Dolfini

Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistory

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

Co-convenor (with Bruce Davenport) of the Materiality, Artefacts & Technologies in Culture & History (MATCH) Faculty Research Group

Degree Programme Director for the Archaeology Research Students

Qualifications

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)

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SCOPUS

Research

Research Interests

  • Early metal technology; metalwork wear analysis; experimental archaeology; prehistoric weaponry and warfare
  • Later prehistory of the Central Mediterranean including issues of chronology, burial practices, settlement and household, and the landscape
  • Social archaeology of technological change, invention and innovation

Recent and Current Projects

2019-21   Euro-Dag - The First European Daggers: Function, meaning, and social significance. Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship investigating early lithic and metal daggers from Europe (Fellow: Dr Isabella Caricola)

2015-17   TEMPI - The Time of Early Metalwork in Italy. Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship investigating the chronology and classification of early Italian metalwork (Fellow: Dr Cristiano Iaia)

2015-17   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)

2014-17   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 Academia.edu webpage.

Future Projects

I am currently working towards a research project investigating Early Bronze Age hoards from the Levant by experimental archaeology and metalwork wear analysis (with S. Shalev and T. Kan-Cipor-Meron, both Haifa) 

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:

2018-   Eleonora Montanari

2017-   Violeta Tsenova

2017-   Alicia Sawyer

2015-   Marco Romeo Pitone

2015-   Amber Roy

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

ARA1001 - Stuff: Living in a Material World

ARA1026 - Introduction to Archaeological Science (module leader)

ARA1027 - Introduction to Archaeology

ARA2011 - Prehistoric Europe

ARA3100 - Archaeologies of the Middle Sea (module leader)

ARA3119 - You Are What You Make

Postgraduate Teaching

ARA8184 - Bodies in Prehistoric Europe

ARA8186 - Ancient Metals: Technology and Scientific Analysis (module leader)

Publications