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Education
2003   Post Doc.  Weizmann Institute of Science-Israel (Archaeological Science)
2000   Ph.D.        Universita' degli Studi di Firenze-Italy (Environmental Science)
1995   B.Sc.        Universita' degli Studi di Firenze-Italy (Physical Anthropology Major)


Current Position

Assistant Professor
Simon Fraser University    
    
Education Building 9635
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6
Phone: 778.782.3135
Fax: 778.782.5666
Email: francesco_berna@sfu.ca  


Other Academic Affiliations

Research Interests

My work contributes to the solution of some important issues in Old and New World Archaeology. Some of these are listed here below:
  1. The onset of the use of fire during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic in South Africa, Kenya, France, Italy and Israel;  
  2. Dating the earliest out-of-Africa evidence of Homo erectus at Dmanisi (Rep of Georgia);
  3. The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Europe, Israel, and Armenia; 
  4. Site formation and landscape reconstruction during the final Pre-pottery Neolithic at Beisamoun (Hula Valley).
  5. The reconstruction of domestic and industrial activities during the Bronze Age and Iron Age in the Mediterranean region (e.g. at Tel Dor, Israel and Afragola, Italy);  
  6. North American clovis and pre-clovis occupation; 
  7. Maya industrial and domestic pyrotechnological activities in Belize and Yucatan.  

Analytical Expertise

    Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy and Microspectroscopy
    Soil Micromorphology    
    Xray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)    
    Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDS)
    Lithic typology