I am the principal investigator of HIDDEN FOODS. After my PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology (2010) I moved to Cambridge as a Marie Curie Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and after that I became Senior Research Associate at the Department of Archaeology. I am currently Associate Professor at La Sapienza University of Rome where I also lead the DANTE laboratory for the Study of Ancient Diet and Technology. I am interested in prehistoric forager diet, technology and symbolism by analysing use-wear traces and micro-remains preserved on prehistoric artefacts and in human dental calculus.

Giuseppina MUTRI

I am Palaeolithic archaeologist specialized in raw material sourcing, technology, use-wear and residues analyses on stone tools. I moved to Cambridge in 2011 as a Marie Curie Fellow and until 2015 I was Visiting Scholar at McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. In 2015 I joined HIDDEN FOODS team and conducted fieldwork activity at archaeological sites in Italy, Croatia and Serbia, focusing on flotation and selection of organic remains suitable for direct dating. I am currently Research Assistant on the Project.


I am Laboratory Technician in Archaeobotany at the University of York. My research focuses on the reconstruction of ancient people diet and living condition using micro-remains, tiny dust particles, entrapped in ancient human dental plaque. I joined the HIDDEN FOODS project in 2015 and collaborate with the PI in the study of dental calculus from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites of Italy and the Balkans.


My research interests are in European and Near Eastern Prehistory and archaeological theory. I have studied in particular the culture change from foraging to farming in the Balkans, writing about the issues of social memory and cultural identities in the past. In particular my research have focused on the prehistoric record of the Danube Gorges region of north-east Serbia where I researched the Mesolithic-Neolithic site of Vlasac and the Palaeolithic deposits of Tabula Traiana Cave. Other projects I am involved in focus on the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene forger land-use strategies in Montenegro. My contribution to the HIDDEN FOODS project involves selection of samples for radiocarbon dating, analysis and contextualization of the dating results and subsequent interpretation.


I am a Prehistoric archaeologist specialized in techno-functional analysis on macrolithic tools, using macro and micro traces approach in combination with experimental protocols. In 2017 I finished my PhD at the Sapienza University of Rome in joint research with the Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and, soon after, I joined the HIDDEN FOODS project. I am interested in mineral resources studies and vegetal matters. My contribution to the project involves the creation and use of an experimental reference collection of groundstones for interpreting use-wear traces on archaeological artefacts.

Andrea Zupancich

My research interests focus on the technology and use of stone tools during the Palaeolithic, in particular during its earliest stages in Africa and Eurasia. I analyse the technology and use of ancient stone tools through the application of an approach combining techno-morpho functional and use wear analyses. Currently, I am completing my PhD research at Tel Aviv University (Israel), focusing on the technology ands use of Quina scrapers coming from the Late Lower Palaeolithic site of Qesem Cave. I am also, currently involved in other several projects in Italy and Israel (e.g. Riparo di Fumane, Notarchirico, Revadim and Jaljulia) focusing on the use of stone tools in early hominins communities. My contribution to the HIDDEN FOODS projects involves the application of Photogrammetry to create 3D models of ancient artefacts combined with the spatial analysis of use and technological-related traces identified on the tools.

Marialetizia CARRA

As an archaeobotanist, I study plant macro-remains found in archaeological deposits and recovered by flotation. My interests are human diet, the study of ancient plant foods and the medicinal herbs. My role in the HIDDEN FOODS project is to retrieve plant materials from archaeological excavations and examine the carpological remains in order to understand the importance of plants in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic diets.

Claudio Ottoni

My main expertise lies in the field of biomolecular archaeology and paleogenetics, in particular the use of ancient DNA to address questions about past human and animal populations. I received my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2008, focusing on the human peopling of North Africa and molecular diagenesis in thermally damaged bones. From 2009 till 2016, at the Centre for Archaeoelogical Sciences of the University of Leuven (Belgium), I investigated the domestication of pigs and cats, and the demographic changes in an ancient human population from a Roman city in Turkey (Sagalassos). In 2016 I joined the CEES of the University of Oslo, where I conducted metagenomic and microbial genomic analyses to investigate the evolution of Yersinia pathogens in the past and the present (Yersinia pestis and Y. ruckeri), and the oral microbiome of ancient baboons held in captivity. I joined the HIDDEN FOODS project in November 2018 to investigate the ora

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