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 origin of 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 , Kalavasos, Cyprus 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 Micro-Spectroscopy
    Soil Micromorphology    
    X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF)    
    Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDS)
    Stone tools