Assistant Professor, Department of History and Center for Visualization and Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST), University of South Florida

I am an Assistant Professor at the Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies (CVAST) and the Department of History of University of South Florida and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Department of Classics of University of Washington. In 2007 I co-founded the research program of computer graphics applied to archaeology Archeomatica Project at the University of Catania’s Image Processing Laboratory of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and since then I serve as co-Scientific Director. Between 2012 and 2015 I directed the Laboratory of Virtual Archaeology at the Arcadia University Sicily Center of Siracusa (Italy). Between 2012 and 2015, I directed the Field School in Archaeology of Arcadia University in Sicily and I am now directing the Field School in Archaeology of University of South Florida in Sicily. I am a specialist of Mediterranean archaeology, from Prehistory to the fall of the Roman Empire. I have great experience in working with both Greek and Latin sources as well as with the material culture. My favorite geographic areas of investigation are Sicily, Malta and the Aegean. I am also specialized in the archaeometric characterization of ancient artifacts, especially ceramics and glasses, and my research involves number of techniques of analysis as XRF, PXRF, XRD, PIXE-PIGE, ICP-OES, ICP-MES, NAA, FT-IR, SEM-EDX, SANS. My most recent focus is on Digital Archaeology, with emphasis on 3D Digital Imaging and application of 3D Scanning, 3D Modeling and Digital Photogrammetry to cases study of Mediterranean archaeology and ancient epigraphy.

Experience

  • –present
    Assistant Professor, Archaeology, University of South Florida

Education

  • 2007 
    University of Torino, Italy, Ph.D. Archaeology