A tale of two conferences

On the 11th September I set off to Heathrow airport for my 8 hour flight to Chicago for a weekend away at the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP) annual conference. Armed with my PowerPoint presentation and a script, I prepared to speak at my first large conference with a paper…

Day of Archaeology 2015

The 24th of July was the celebration of the Day of Archaeology 2015. This event has been created in 2011 by a group of students and researchers interested in using the Internet to promote Public Archaeology. The first edition had 400 contributions and the numbers grow every years! This year I decided to take part in…

Hungry for Change? Providing Solutions to Food Poverty in the UK

On 13th May 2015 I attended a day-long conference in Camden, London, entitled “Hungry for change? providing solutions to food poverty in the UK”. The aim of the event was to provide an understanding of the current methods for alleviating food poverty using only limited resources, and experts in the field representing different charitable organisations…

Of bones, beads and bracelets. The Festival of Ideas at York.

What happen if you put together 5 kilos of sand, several bits of bones, 72 markers, 2 drawing pads and countless coloured beads? The official answer is an amazing interactive activity for children and the unofficial one is happy kids and tired but satisfied archaeologists. The challenge that we were facing while designing the activity…

Historicfoodscapes goes to Sicily!

Part I: progress and problems of my PhD As many of you already know, my thesis contributes to a large-scale research project investigating the changing socio-economic conditions from the Islamic to the Norman periods in Sicily during the Middle Ages. More in detail, the main goal of my research is to analyse similarities and differences…

Zooarchaeology Short Course

On the 26th-30th January the three of us attended the University of Sheffield’s Zooarchaeology short course. Veronica supervised the learning activities whilst Alice and I attended to gain a greater understanding of animal bones and how to identify them. The course took us through how to identify the bone, which species it belonged to, and…