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

Current Position

Associate Professor
Simon Fraser University    
Education Building 9635
8888 University Dr.
Burnaby, BC  V5A 1S6
Phone: 778.782.3135
Fax: 778.782.5666

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 origin of use of fire during the Lower and Middle Paleolithic in South Africa, Kenya, France, Italy and Israel;
  2. Wetlands, mosaic environments and the origin of the genus Homo;
  3. Dating the earliest out-of-Africa evidence of Homo erectus at Dmanisi (Rep of Georgia);
  4. The Lower to Middle Paleolithic transition in South Africa, Israel and Armenia
  5. The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Europe and Israel; 
  6. Early beads production and market economy during the Pre-pottery Neolithic in Southern Jordan;
  7. Site formation and landscape reconstruction during the final Pre-pottery Neolithic at Beisamoun (Hula Valley);
  8. The reconstruction of domestic and industrial activities during the Bronze Age and Iron Age in the Mediterranean region (e.g. at Tel Dor, Israel , Kalavasos, Cyprus and Afragola, Italy);  
  9. North American putative pre-clovis occupation; 
  10. Maya industrial and domestic pyrotechnological activities in Belize and Yucatan;
  11. Built environment (shell mounds and artificial islands) in pre-contact British Columbia;  

Analytical Expertise

    Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy and Micro-Spectroscopy
    Soil Micromorphology    
    X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)    
    Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDS)
    Stone tools