York Archaeology Postgrad Receives Funding for Work on Volcanic Eruptions

Posted on 3 May 2016

Maurizio Gatta awarded the "New Research Worker's Award" by the Quaternary Research Association and the Andrew Sherratt Fund.

York Archaeology PhD Student Maurizio Gatta has received the "New Research Worker's Award" by the Quaternary Research Association

and the Andrew Sherratt Fund. The New Research Workers' Award is a grant the QRA provides to its members with the aim of promoting high quality Quaternary research. The purpose of the Andrew Sherratt Fund is to assist postgraduate students in Old World Prehistory to travel or gain access to resources.

Gatta is currently working on a new project called "Tephrostratigraphic database of Late Pleistocene landscapes of Central Italy" which is also partially funded by the DRF.

This research focuses on the south-eastern area of Latium which has been affected by the explosive volcanic activity that occurred between 70-36,000 years ago at the Albano Crater, causing a large number of layers related to volcanic activity in the dirt which interbedded with the sedimentary deposits and the soils of this region, where a rich archaeological record occurs.

The purpose of this project is to create a database for tephrostratigraphic correlations (volcanic eruptions with corresponding archaeological remains) in Central Italy. These analyses will reveal both the mineralogical composition of the eruptions and dates for associated archaeological remains.

The new tephrostratigraphic database will provide a unique reference for many further studies of this region, including archaeological, geological or stratigraphic research. The first results, which we expect to be of great scientific interest, are expected next November.