Francesca Dolcetti

Research project

Digital visualisation and interpretation of archaeological sites. A case study from Bronze Age Cyprus

Supervisor: Dr. Sara Perry

3D models and visualisations of archaeological sites can improve human spatial perception and cognitive process, give a sense of an inhabited space and provide an engaging experience.

However, they should not be conceived just as a realistic visual representation, but as an interactive medium which goal is to present the interpretive process of the research and provide a digitally mediated learning experience about a different culture. In order to assess its effectiveness, such medium needs to be properly evaluated, taking into account several factors, such as cognitive response, emotional and intellectual perception.

My PhD research is focused on evaluating the impact that 3D modelling has upon archaeological research, academic and public dissemination. The main aim is to understand how different audiences (experts, non- experts, students) perceive digital visualisation of archaeological sites, interact and learn through them.


Francesca earned her BA in History and Preservation of Archaeological Heritage and her MA in Archaeology from the University of Florence, respectively in 2007 and 2010.

Francesca's MA thesis was an analytical and systematic study of the Mycenaean archaeological evidences coming from Bronze Age sites in north-eastern Italy.

In 2011 she obtained her MSc in Conservation and Management of Archaeological and Historical Art at the University of Siena. Francesca MSc thesis was focused on the study, cataloguing and analysis and study of the archaeological findings from the Bronze Age site of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou (Limassol, Cyprus).

From 2004 to 2007 Francesca has been a member of the Italian Archaeological Expedition at Kaulon (Catanzaro, Italy), University of Florence.

Since 2009 she is participating in the research project of the Italian Archaeological Expedition at Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou (Limassol, Cyprus), a joint project of the University of Turin and the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus; since 2011 with the role of trench supervisor.

Publications and conferences

Dolcetti, F., Bonora, V., Fiorini, L., Conti, L. and Tucci, G.  2017. 3D modelling and architectural visualisation. In L. Bombardieri (ed.), Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou. A Middle Bronze Age Community in Cyprus. Excavations 2009-2014. Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology. Uppsala: Paul Åströms Förlag.

Bombardieri, L., Amadio, M. and Dolcetti, F. (eds.) 2017. Ancient Cyprus, an unexpected journey. Communities in Continuity and Transition. Roma: Editoriale Artemide.

Dolcetti, F. 2016. Digital visualisation and interpretation of archaeological sites. A case study from Middle Bronze Age Cyprus, paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies, Vienna, Austria, 8-10 November 2016.

Bombardieri, L., Amadio, M., Dolcetti, F. 2015. Entry & Exit Strategies. Security and control systems at Middle Bronze Age industrial site of Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou (Cyprus), paper presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists, Glasgow, Scotland, 2-5 September 2015.

Amadio, M., Dolcetti, F. 2014. GHOST ARCHITECTURE: Contextualizing wooden and perishable structures from Middle Bronze Age Erimi-Laonin tou Porakou, paper presented at the 14th Meeting of Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology, Bochum, Germany, 15-16 November 2014.

2015  Member of the organisational and scientific committees for the 15th Meeting of Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology, Turin, Italy, November 2015. 


Contact details

Francesca Dolcetti
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 433931
Fax: (44) 1904 433902