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Articles in peer reviewed journals
Shahack-Gross R., Berna F., Karkanas P., Lemorini C., Gopher A., Barkai R. (2014) "Evidence for the repeated use of a central hearth at Middle Pleistocene (300 ky ago) Qesem Cave, Israel" Journal of Archaeological Science 44: 12-21

Sistiaga A., Berna F., Laursen R., Goldberg P. (2014) "Steroidal Biomarker Analysis of a 14,000 Years Old Putative Human Coprolite from Paisley Cave, Oregon" Journal of Archaeological Science 41: 813-817

Dewar R.E., Radimilahy C., Wright H.T., Jacobs Z., Kelly G.O., Berna F. (2013) "Stone tools and foragers in northern Madagascar: Holocene extinction models questioned" Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 110 (31): 12583-12588
 
Miller C., Goldberg P., Berna F. (2013) "Geoarchaeological investigations at Diepkloof Rock Shelter, Western Cape, South Africa" Journal of Archaeological Science 40(9) : 3432-3452.

Berna F., Goldberg P., Kolska Horwitz L., Brink J., Holt S., Bamford M. Chazan M. (2012) “Microstratigraphic evidence of in situ fire in the Acheulean strata of Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape province, South Africa” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109 (20): E1215-E1220 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1117620109)

Chazan M., Avery D. M., Bamford M. K., Berna F., Brink J., Holt S., Fernandez-Jalvo Y., Goldberg P., Matmon A., Porat N., Ron H., Rossouw L., Scott L., Kolska Horwitz L. (2012) “The Oldowan horizon in Wonderwerk Cave (South Africa):  archaeological, geological, paleontological and paleoclimatic evidence” Journal of Human Evolution 63 (6) : 859–866

Simms S., Berna F., Bey III G. (2012) "A prehispanic Maya pit oven? Microanalysis of fired clay balls from the Puuc region, Yuctatan, Mexico" Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (2): 1144-1157

Poduska K.M., Regev L., Berna F., Mintz E., Milevski I., Khalaily H., Weiner S., Boaretto E. (2012) “Plaster characterization at the PPNB site of Yiftahel (Israel) including the use of  14C: implications for plaster production, preservation and dating” Radiocarbon 54 (3-4): 887-896

Aldeias V., Goldberg P., Sandgathe D., Berna F., Dibble H.L., McPherron S.P., Turq A., Rezek Z. (2012) "Evidence for Neandertal use of fire at Roc de Marsal (France)" Journal of Archaeological Science 39 (7): 2414-2423

Goldberg P., Dibble H.L., Berna F., Sandgathe D., McPherron S.P., Turq A. (2012) "New Evidence on Neandertal Use of Fire: Examples from Roc de Marsal and Pech de l'Azé IVQuaternary International 247 : 325-340

Albert R.M., Berna F., Goldberg P. (2012) "Insights on Neanderthal Fire Use at Kebara Cave (Israel) through high Resolution Study of Prehistoric Combustion Features: evidence from phytoliths and thin sections" Quaternary International 247: 278-293

Wadley L., Sievers C., Bamford M., Goldberg P., Berna F., Miller C. (2011) “Middle Stone Age bedding construction and settlement patterns at Sibudu, South Africa” Science 334: 1388-1391

Ferring R., Oms O., Augusti J., Berna F., Nioradze M., Shelia T., Tappen M., Vekua A., Zhvania D., and Lordkipanidze D. (2011) “Earliest human occupations at Dmanisi (Georgian Caucasus) dated to 1.85-1.78 Ma” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 108(26): 10432-10436

Goldberg P. & Berna F., (2010) "Micromorphology and Context" Quaternary International 214: 56-62 

Matarazzo T., Berna F., Goldberg P. (2010) " Occupation surfaces sealed by the Avellino eruption of Vesuvius at the Early Bronze Age village of Afragola in southern Italy: A micromorphological analysis" Geoarchaeology 25 (4): 437-466  

Goldberg P., Berna F., Macphail R. (2009) Comment on "DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America" Science 325 : 148c
 
Dibble H.L., Berna F., Goldberg P., McPherron S.P., Mentzer S., Niven L., Richter D., Sandgathe D., Théry-Parisot I., Turq A. (2009) "A Preliminary Report on Pech de l'Azé IV, Layer 8 (Middle Paleolithic, France)" Palaeoanthropology 2009:182-219

Goldberg P., Miller C., Shiegl S., Ligouis B., Berna F., Conard N.J., Wadley L. (2009) Bedding, hearths, and site maintenance in the Middle Stone Age of Sibudu Cave, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, Archaeol. Anthropol. Sci.1 (2): 95-122
 
Borojevic K., Forenbaher S., Kaiser T., Berna F. (2008) “Plant use at Grapceva Spilja on the island of Hvar Kroatia”, Journal of Field Archaeology 33 (3): 279-303
 
Berna F.  & Goldberg P. (2007) "Assessing Paleolithic pyrotechnology and associated hominin behavior in Israel", Israel Journal of Earth Science 56 : 107-121
 
Berna F., Behar A., Shahack-Gross R., Berg J., Zorn J., Boaretto E., Gilboa A., Sharon I., Shalev S., Silshtein S., and Weiner S. (2007) “Sediments Exposed to High Temperatures: Reconstructing Pyrotechnological Practices in Late Bronze and Iron Age Strata at Tel Dor (Israel)” Journal of Archaeological Science, 34 358-373
 
Karkanas P., Koumouzelis M., Kozlowksi J.K., Sitlivy V., Sobczyk K., Berna F. and Weiner S. (2004) “Aurignacian clay hearth structures in Kleisoura cave 1, southern Greece: the earliest evidence of clay use” Antiquity 78 (301), 513-525
 
Shahack-Gross R., Berna F., Karkanas P., and Weiner S. (2004) “Bat guano and preservation of archaeological remains in cave sites” Journal of Archaeological Science 31, 1259-1272
 
Berna F., Matthews A. and Weiner S. (2004) “Solubilities of Bone Mineral from Archaeological Sites: the Recrystallization Window” Journal of Archaeological Science 31, 867-882
 
Corti G., Ugolini F.C., Agnelli A., Certini G., Cuniglio R., Berna F., Sajurjo Fernandez M. (2002). “The soil skeleton, a forgotten pool of organic carbon and total nitrogen in soil”. European Journal of Soil Science 53 (2), 283-298
 
Berna F., Corti G., Ugolini F.C., Agnelli A. (2000). Assessment of the role of rock fragments in the retention of Cadmium and Lead in irrigated arid stony soils. Annali di Chimica, 90 : 209-218
    Articles in Monographs and Books
    Berna F. (2012) “Hearths and Combustion Features” In: Encyclopedia of Geoarchaeology A. Gilbert (ed.) Springer, New York (in preparation)

    Berna F. (2012) “FTIR” In: Encyclopedia of Geoarchaeology A. Gilbert (ed.) Springer New York (in press)

    Berna F. (2012) “Raman” In: Encyclopedia of Geoarchaeology A. Gilbert (ed.) Springer New York (in press)

    Berna F. “Bone alteration and diagenesis” (2010). In: Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage. An Introduction to the Application of Materials Science to Archaeometry and Conservation Science (G. Artioli), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 364-367
     
    Berna F., Goldberg P., Crowther J., Oldfield F., Hovers E., (2009) “Investigating a rubified sedimentological feature in A.L. 894 (Hadar, Ethiopia)”, Journal of Human Evolution Special Issue (submitted)
     
    Toffolo M., Berna F. (2008): Analisi micromorfologica, FTIR e XRD. In: Gelichi S., Piuzzi F., Cianciosi A. (eds), “Sachuidic presso Forni Superiore”. Ricerche archeologiche in un castello della Carnia, Edizioni all’Insegna del Giglio, Firenze, 50-55
     
    Weiner, S., Berna, F., Cohen, I., Shahack-Gross, R., Albert, R.M., Karkanas, P., Meignen, L. & Bar-Yosef, O. (2007) “Mineral distributions in Kebara Cave: diagenesis and its affect on the archaeological record” In: Kebara Cave, Mt. Carmel, Israel - The Middle and Upper Paleolithic Archaeology - Part I (Eds O. Bar-Yosef and L. Meignen), American School of Prehistoric Research Bulletin 49 - Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 131-146
     
    Articles in acts and proceedings
    Berna F. and Saracino M. (2013) “Preliminary microstratigraphic investigation of the sediments in the M sector at the Forum of Grumentum (Basilicata-Southern Italy)” In:  A. Mastrocinque (ed) 'Grumento e il suo territorio nell’antichita’, Grumento Nova (PZ) Italy, 17-18 April 2010, BAR International Series 2531, 149-166

    Adler D.S., Yeritsyan B., Wilkinson K., Pinhasi R., Bar-Oz G., Nahapetyan S., Mallol C., Berna F., Bailey R., Schmidt B.A., Glauberman P., Wales N., Gasparyan B. (2012). The Hrazdan Gorge Palaeolithic Project, 2008–2009. In Archaeology of Armenia in Regional Context, Proceedings of the International Conference dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography Held on September 15-17, 2009 in Yerevan, Armenia. Edited by P. Avetisyan and A. Bobokhyan, pp. 21–37. NAS RA Gitutyn Publishing house, Yerevan.

    Miller C.E., Conard N.J., Goldberg P., Berna F. (2010) "Dumping, sweeping and trampling: experimental micromorphological analysis of anthropogenically modified combustion features" In: Acts of the Taphonomy of organic burned residues and combustion structures in archaeological context, CEPAM Valbonne (France) 27th-28th May 2008, P@lethnologie 2010.2, 25-37
     
    Boaretto E., Barkai R., Gopher A., Berna F., Kubik P.W., Weiner S.  (2009) "Specialized Flint Procurement Strategies for Hand Axes, Scrapers and Blades in the Late Lower Paleolithic: A 10^Be Study at Qesem Cave, Israel". Human Evolution 24 (1), 1-12
     
    Fabiano M., Berna F., Borzatti von Lowenstern E. (2004). “Pre-Pottery Neolithic Amazonite Beads-Workshops in Southern Jordan”. In: Acts of the XIVth World Congress of the Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), Secrétariat du Congrès (eds), Liege (Belgium), 2nd-8th September 2001. BAR International Series 1303, 265-275
     
    Sozzi M., Berna F, & Vannucci S. (2004). “Petrography and geochemistry of the lithic industry from the Acheulan site Cimitero di Atella (Potenza, Southern Italy)”. In: Acts of the XIVth World Congress of the Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), Secrétariat du Congrès (Eds), Liege (Belgium), 2nd-8th September 2001. BAR International Series 1270, 75-84
     
    Berna F., Corti G., Ugolini F.C., Agnelli A (2002). “Frazionamento del Cadmio e del Piombo adsorbiti dallo scheletro di un aridisuolo coltivato in Giordania”. In Proceedings of the 17th National Congress of the Italian Society of Agriculture Chemistry (SICA). Portoferraio, Lakehorn (Italy), Sept 29th - Oct 1st 1999, 431-438
     
    Academic Dissertations
    Berna F. (2000) Il ruolo dei frammenti rocciosi nella ritenzione di metalli pesanti in suoli coltivati di zone a clima arido. Tesi di Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienze Ambientali, Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze (Florence)- Italy
     
    Berna F. (1995) Il processo di Neolitizzazione del Levante. Il villaggio del Neolitico Pre-Ceramico di Jebel Ragref in Giordania Meridionale. Tesi di Laurea, Universita’ degli Studi di Firenze (Florence)- Italy
     
    Articles in not peer reviewed journals
    Marder O,  Alex B, Ayalon A, Bar-Matthews M, Bar-Oz G, Bar-Yosef Mayer D, Berna F, Boaretto E, Caracuta V, Frumkin A, Goder-Goldberger M, Hershkovitz I, Latimer B, Lavi R, Matthews A, Weiner S, Weiss U, Yas'ur G, Yeshurun R, Barzilai O. (2013) "The Upper Palaeolithic of Manot Cave, Western Galilee, Israel: the 2011–12 excavations" Antiquity  87 - 337 September 2013

    Chazan M., Wilkins J., Morris D., Berna F. (2012) “Bestwood 1: A Newly Discovered Earlier Stone Age Living Surface Near Kathu, Northern Cape Province, South Africa” Antiquity 86 – 331 – March 2012 

    Barzilai, O.,  Ayalon A.,  Bar-Matthews M., Bar-Oz G. , Boaretto E. , Berna F.,  Frumkin A., Hershkovitz I.,  Khalaily H., Marder O., Weiner S. &  Yeshurun R. (2012). "Manot Cave: a prehistoric cave site in the western Galilee". Hadashot Arkheologiyot 124. Available at: http://www.hadashot-esi.org.il/report_detail_eng.asp?id=2183&mag_id=119

    Angelotti M. and Berna F. (2000). "L’industria litica del villaggio neolitico preceramico di Jebel Arga (Giordania meridionale)". Studi Ecologia del Quaternario 22, 29-62
     
    Berna F. (1997) “Testimonianze architettoniche a Jebel Ragref (Giordania meridionale)” Studi Ecologia del Quaternario 19, 35-42.
     
    Berna F. (1995) “La lavorazione dell'amazzonite nel villaggio del Neolitico Pre-Ceramico di Jebel Ragref (Giordania meridionale)” Studi Ecologia del Quaternario 17, 41-45

    Scientific Reports
    2012 Sampling and on-site FTIR analysis for microstratigraphic investigation during the 2012 excavation campaign at Manot Cave (Israel). Report to Ofer Marder and Omry Barzilay, Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem, Israel (with E. Boaretto and S. Weiner)

    2012 Geoarchaeological and Micromorphological Field Work at Beisamoun during the 2012 Excavation Season. Report to F. Bocquentin, UMR 7041, C.N.R.S., Nanterre, France and H. Khalaily, Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem, Israel (with Harris Greenberg).

    2011 FT-IR microscopy analyses on thin sections n: GAT-4240/A2 and /B2 from the Roman site at Stanford Wharf, London (UK). Report to Dr. R. Macphail, Institute. of Archaeology, University, College London, UK.

    2011 Complete Report on Archaeobotanical and Geoarchaeological Investigations at Mersa Wadi Gawasis, Egypt 2011. Report to Prof. K. Bard, Dept. of Archaeology, Boston University, Boston, USA, and Prof. R. Fattovich, University of Naples “Orientale”, Italy (with Ksenija Borojevich).

    2011 Preliminary Results from the Micromorphological Analysis of Two Representative Stratigraphic Columns Sampled at Beisamoun during the 

    2010 Excavation Season. Report to F. Bocquentin, UMR 7041, C.N.R.S., Nanterre, France and H. Khalaily, Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem, Israel (with Harris Greenberg).

    2011 2011 Geoarchaeological and Micromorphological Field Work at Beisamoun. Report to F. Bocquentin, UMR 7041, C.N.R.S., Nanterre, France and H. Khalaily, Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem, Israel (with Harris Greenberg)

    2010 Site formation processes and stratigraphy at the Neolithic Site of Beisamoun (Israel): The 2010 excavation season. Report to F. Bocquentin, UMR 7041, C.N.R.S., Nanterre (France) and H. Khalaily, Israel Antiquity Authority, Jerusalem (Israel).

    2010 Characterization by FTIR spectroscopy of sediments, bones, plaster and other anthropogenic materials from Beisamoun, Israel. Report to F. Bocquentin, UMR 7041, C.N.R.S., Nanterre (France) and H. Khalaily, Israel antiquity Authority, Jerusalem (Israel).

    2010 Geoarchaeological investigation of the Blake House, Dorchester, MA. Report to the City Archaeology Program, Department of the Environment, City of Boston (with Stephanie Cudney)

    2010 FT-IR microscopy and XRF analyses on thin section n: LOK-11-C57454-3 from Iron Age period site of Vestfold in South Norway. Report to Dr. R. Macphail, Institute. of Archaeology, University, College London, UK.

    2010 Microstratigraphic investigation of the combustion features at the Paleolithic Site Oscurusciutu Ginosa (TA), Italy. Report to Prof A.M. Ronchitelli, Universita’ degli Studi,  Siena, Italy.

    2009 Final scientific and management activities as part of the OIF Marie Curie research project “PREPHIRES” (No CT-2006-041053). Report to the Administrative Officer of the program at the European Union Directorate General XII (with G. Artioli)

    2009 Annual scientific and management activities as part of the OIF Marie Curie research project “PREPHIRES” (No CT-2006-041053). Report to the Administrative Officer of the program at the European Union Directorate General XII (with G. Artioli)

    2008 Annual scientific and management activities as part of the OIF Marie Curie research project “PREPHIRES” (No CT-2006-041053). Report to the Administrative Officer of the program at the European Union Directorate General XII (with G. Artioli)

    2008 Scientific activities as part as of the research project NSF BCS-0551927. Final Report to the director of the National Science Foundation Archaeology Program (with P. Goldberg)

    2007 Annual scientific and management activities as part of the OIF Marie Curie research project “PREPHIRES” (No CT-2006-041053). Report to the Administrative Officer of the program at the European Union Directorate General XII (with G. Artioli)

    2007 Thin section, L.O.I, and FTIR Analyses of Samples from Site 48UT377 in Wyoming. Report to Mr W. Eckerle at Western GeoArch Research, LlC Salt Lake City UT (with Paul Goldberg)

    2004 Final scientific and management activities as part of the Marie Curie research project (HPMF-CT-2001-01352). Report to the Administrative Officer of the program at the European Union Directorate General XII (with S. Weiner)


     
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