Professor Oliver Craig and Dr André Colonese
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.
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).