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Silvia Soncin

Research Project

Roman Lifeways: New perspectives on diet at Herculaneum, AD 79.

Supervisors

Professor Oliver Craig and Dr André Colonese

Funding

WRoCAH AHRC

In late August, 79 AD, several Roman settlements, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, were obliterated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Italy. Recently, over three hundred extraordinary well preserved human skeletons have been recovered from structures along the Herculaneum seashore. This assemblage represents a unique resource, a rare snapshot of a “living” population destroyed by a catastrophic natural event. With my PhD, I will investigate this unique assemblage implementing some of the latest bioarchaeological techniques, particularly focusing on Compound Specific Isotope Analysis of Amino Acids (CSIA-AA), in order to obtain unprecedented insights into diet during the Imperial time.

Profile

I completed a BSc (cum laude) in Technology for the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Heritage and a MSc (cum laude) in Sciences and Technologies for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage at Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy. My MSc thesis concerned the metaproteomic analysis of human dental calculus from two Middle Bronze Age Italian sites, and it has been carried out at BioArCh, University of York, UK. For this project, I won the “best student paper award” at the 2016 IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology. I was honoured by Sapienza as one of the best students for the 2015-2016 academic year and in the same year awarded by Sapienza with an “Excellence career award”. In 2020, I was among the 10 finalists for the 3 Minutes Thesis Presentations of the University of York (Link to video). 

Publications and Academic Awards

  • Soncin, S., Belli, M.L., Manzi, G. (2017). The Museum of Anthropology at the Sapienza University, Rome. Nuova Museologia, 37, 8–14.

  • Soncin, S., Hendy, J.R., Speller, C.F., Manzi, G. and Tafuri, M. (2016). Diet and Health in Middle Bronze Age Italy: a metaproteomic analysis of human dental calculus in two case-studies. In: IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage proceedings, Turin, Italy.

 

Awards:

  • Among the 10 finalists of the 2020 University of York Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition (link to video).
  • “Best Student Paper Award”, IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology (2016).
  • “Prominent Graduate Award”, University of Rome ’Sapienza’, Rome, Italy (Academic Year 2015-2016).

  • “Excellence Career Award”, University of Rome ’Sapienza’, Rome, Italy (Academic Year 2015-2016).

Teaching and Impact

  • Laboratory Assistant, Biomolecular Archaeology, University of York, Department of Archaeology (Spring Term, 2020).
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Archaeological Science, University of York (Spring term, 2018, 2019, 2020).
  • Bioarchaeology Research Technician (support role for stable isotopes and ZooMS analysis), BioArCh, University of York, Department of Archaeology (2018-2019).
  • Research Technician (support role for stable isotopes analysis), Laboratory of Bioarchaeology, University of Rome ’Sapienza’, Environmental Biology Department. 

Contact details

Silvia Soncin
University of York
BioArCh, Environment building, ENV/245
Wentworth Way
Heslington
York
YO10 5NG

Tel: (44) 1904 328564