GallinaroMarina Gallinaro - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher
Department of Ancient World Studies, Sapienza University of Rome

Her research focuses on the interplay between human and environment in arid zones, and to the strategies that humans adopted to cope with the climatic changes. In particular, her interest addresses: i. the emergence of herding in Africa, through the analyses of the archaeological landscape, in terms of settlement patterns, density and quality of artefacts, and the connections between geomorphological features; ii. African rock art, studied with a landscape approach and focused on the integration between the archaeological context and iconographic analysis, with particular attention to human representation; iii. Cultural Heritage Management and sustainable development projects, with a specific focus on cultural landscapes and rock art sites in Sahara and East Africa.



Savino di Lernia - Project Supervisor
Associate Professor, Department of Ancient World Studies, Sapienza University of Rome
A plurality of research perspectives characterises his scientific profile. These include the interaction between climate and human responses, ethnoarchaeology, combining traditional approaches with the implementation of innovative research technologies. The primary focuses of his research are the transition from hunting & foraging to food production and the development of pastoralism in North Africa. Since 2004 he directs several archaeological missions in Libya, Western Sahara, Tunisia and Kenya. He is the supervisor for the Host Institution beneficiary of the project.



Richard Lesure - Project Supervisor
Professor, Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett Endowed Chair in Mesoamerican Archaeology, Department of Anthropology and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of Californa, Los Angeles
His research focuses on a wide range of topics, including theory and method in anthropological archaeology; inequality and social life in pre-state societies; agriculture and the transition to sedentism; interpretive challenges associated with the study of prehistoric art. He is a leading scholar in the anthropological debate on the interpretation of the human representation, with a particular focus on prehistoric figurines and art. He is the supervisor for the outgoing phase, supporting the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Researcher in the improvement of her theoretical and methodological background for the study of human representation.