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Born in Barcelona (Spain) Alexandra Chavarría Arnau has been full professor at the University of Padua since 2022, associate professor since 2014, researcher since 2007.

She carries out teaching activities in all the department's educational cycles. She recently became a Change Agent for innovative teaching and was awarded a university with an innovative teaching prize. She has tutored 14 pHds and supervised numerous post-doctoral research projects including 2 Marie Curie Fellowships, 1 Seal of Excellence and 1 Stars Grant. She carries out an intense institutional activity in the field of internationalisation as departmental coordinator since 2008 for the Erasmus programme (and responsible for more than 40 agreements) as well as Erasmus representative for the School of Human Sciences (2018).

Her scientific interests range from various topics related to medieval archaeology (settlements, churches, cemeteries), to the development of innovative methods in the study of architecture, historical rural and urban landscapes, bioarchaeology and public archaeology. She is currently involved in a project on the palaeogenetic study of early medieval populations in northern Italy with the Universities of Viena and Roma-La Sapienza. She has been scientifically responsible for Padua for numerous national and international research projects, including 3 ERAMUS + projects for innovative teaching, a PRIN project (call 2015) Archaeology to the Future and an FP7 EU project the Mediterranean Mountain Landscapes (2014-2017), the latter of which was nominated best project in Humanities by the European Research Council for 2016.

She has directed archaeological excavations at the sites of Monselice (2021-2022); Castelseprio (2020-2023), Torba (2013-2019), Santa Maria di Lugo (2008-2010), Maguzzano (2005-2008), San Pietro di Limone (2013, 2014), and the baptistery of Padua (2011-2012)

He has a strong interest in all forms of communication and open science and sharing between scholars and citizens through online geodatabases, wiki systems, mobile applications, and online courses (3 published on the FutureLearn platform). For the past 10 years, it has been carrying out participatory research projects in various Italian regions to catalogue study and promote cultural heritage together with the local population (and received a quality mention in the 'Giulio Andreolli-Fare Paesaggio' award for this project). He also created two mobile applications for the knowledge of the historical urban landscape of the city of Padua "Il Medioevo APPadova" and its territory "Appaseggio sui Colli Euganei" (2016: E-content Award Italy-Culture and Tourism (Fondazione Politecnico di Milano & MEDICI Framework). Second position). She has curated 2 major Archaeology exhibitions the last 2023 in Spain (Cambio de Era.Cordoba y el Mediterraneo cristiano: 350,0000 visitors).

She is founder and co-editor of the journal European Journal of Postclassical Archaeologies, the series Progetti di Archeologia (25 volumes since 2011) and since 2018 co-editor of the journal Hortus Artium Medievalium. She is a member of numerous scientific societies in her field, between 2018-2022 of the board of the Società degli Archeologi Medievisti Italiani, from 2019 of ICOMOS Italia, between 2020-2023 coordinator and representative for Italy of the International Council for Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).




Books and editions (selection)
G.P. Brogiolo, A. Chavarría 2020, Archeologia Post-Classica.Metodi, strumenti e prospettive, Carocci, Roma.
A. Chavarria 2018, A la sombra de un imperio. Reyes, obispos e iglesias en la Hispania tardoantigua, Edipuglia, Bari, 2018.
A. Chavarria 2009, Archeologia delle chiese: dalle origini all’anno mille, Carocci, Roma (5a reedizione 2015).
A. Chavarria 2007, El final de las villas en Hispania (siglos IV-VIII), Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 7, Brepols, Turnhout (esaurito).
G.P. Brogiolo, A. Chavarria 2005, Aristocrazie e campagne da Costantino a Carlo Magno, Firenze.
A. Chavarría (ed.) 2023, Cambio de Era. Cordoba y el Mediterraneo Cristiano. Catalogo de la exposicion, Cordoba.
A. Chavarria (ed.) 2023, La chiesa di Santa Maria di Lugo a Campagna Lupia. Scavi 2008-2010, Quingentole.
A. Chavarria, G.P. Brogiolo (eds.) 2021, Torba. Scavi 2013-2019, Mantova.
A. Chavarría 2017, Ricerche sul complesso episcopale di Padova (2011-2012), Mantova, 2017.
G.P. Brogiolo, A. Chavarría (eds.), Monselice: Archeologia e Architetture di una città Medievale, Mantova.
A. Chavarria, G. Zucconi (eds.) 2016, Medioevo Fantastico. L'invenzione di uno stile nell'architettura tra fine '800 e inizio '900. Ciclo di conferenze (Padova 2015), "Archeologia dell'Architettura,XXI.
A. Chavarria, A. Reynolds (eds.) 2015, Detecting and Understanding Historical Landscapes, PCA Studies, Mantova.

Papers (selection)
- Chavarría Arnau A. 2023, “Late Roman burials in urban contexts: old questions and new methods”, in G. Granier, C. Boyer and É. Anstett (eds.), Death and Societies in Late Antiquity. New methods, new questions?, Aix-en-Provence, pp. 11-19.
- A. Chavarria, C. Dalbon, "Harnessing the potential of online learning: form blended university classes to MOOCs", 8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances Valencia.
- G. Ricci et al., Integrated multianalytical screening approach for reliable radiocarbon dating of ancient mortars, Nature. Scientific Reports.
-A. Chavarria, P. Vedovetto 2021, Wiki loves churches! La piattaforma Wikicare per la catalogazione collaborativa delle chiese altomedievali in italia, Archeologia e Calcolatori, 32.1, pp. 291-306.
-G.P. Brogiolo, A. Chavarría Arnau 2021, Archeologia dei paesaggi storici a vent’anni dalla convenzione europea di Firenze, in Magnini L., Bettineschi C., Burigana L. "Traces of Complexity - Studi in onore di Armando De Guio", SAP Società Archeologica srl, Quigentole (MN), pp. 141-154.
-A. Chavarría 2020, Il contributo delle analisi bioarcheologiche allo studio della stratificazione sociale in Italia tra Tardoantico e alto Medioevo, “Archeologia Medievale”, XLVII, pp. 321-332.
-G.P. Brogiolo, A. Chavarría 2019, Archaeology for local communities in Northern Italy: experiences of participatory research in an adverse legal framework, “European Journal of PostClassical Archaeologies”, 9, pp. 101-122.
- A. Chavarría 2019, The Archaeology of Early Italian Churches in Context, 313–569 CE, in William R. Caraher, Thomas W. Davis, and David K. Pettegrew (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology, Online Publication Date: Jan 2019 DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199369041.013.28.
- G. Ganzarolli, A. Chavarría, M. Alexander, O. Craig 2018, Direct evidence from lipid residue analysis for the routine consumption of millet in Early Medieval Italy, Journal of Archaeological Science, 96, August 2018, pp. 124-130

Research Area

Her interests encompass a wide range of topics, from medieval archaeology, which includes settlements, churches, and burials, to the archaeology of historical buildings and the study of historical urban and rural landscapes. He has spearheaded a team of young researchers pioneering new methodologies such as stable isotope analysis, OSL dating of mortars, archaeometric and gas chromatographic analyses of ceramics, and GIS systems for recording and analyzing urban data.
Recently, she embarked on a novel research direction in collaboration with colleagues from the Digital Learning Office. This research delves into the potential of innovative educational methods to enhance and invigorate teaching activities. Stemming from this, he has released three Medieval Archaeology courses on the Future Learn platform.
She places significant emphasis on disseminating research findings to local communities and engaging in participatory archaeology. His initiatives in this regard include organizing refresher courses for middle and high school teachers, lecture series for the general public, and summer schools focused on collaborative research. Additionally, he has introduced three mobile applications: "Medioevo Appadova," "Appaseggio sui Colli," and "Rab: A Walk in the Past."
Currently, she is deeply involved in two major funded bioarchaeology projects. The first, in collaboration with the Universities of Vienna and Roma-La Sapienza, seeks to understand the genetic makeup of early medieval populations in northern Italy, with a particular focus on the non-privileged classes. The second, undertaken with the University of Pisa, investigates the impact of the 6th-century climate change on the late ancient and early medieval population in Italy.

I hope this version of the text captures the essence and provides a more streamlined narration.

Thesis proposals

Theses are proposed in relation to:
- Multidisciplinary analyses of late-ancient and medieval cemeteries (topography, tomb structures, grave goods, and bioarchaeological analyses)
- Archaeology of historical landscapes (rural and urban)
- Enhancement of archaeological heritage from Participatory Archaeology to Wikipedia
- Analysis of medieval archaeological materials

At the moment, we are working on the sites of Castelseprio, the Rocca di Monselice, the island of Arbe in Croatia, and the historical landscapes of Monte Baldo.

S. Shaomin, The future of Dunhang (China). Comparative analisis of cultural Heritage impact in local developement.
S. Schivo, La percezione e il valore dei beni culturali presso le comunità locali.
F. Benetti, Aspetti giuridici del rapporto tra pubblico e archeologia.
M. Rizner, Diachronic analyses of the development of historical landscape in Northern Adriatic islands between last millennium BC and the early Middle ages
F. Giacomello, Studio diacronico degli spazi nelle città postclassiche a Padova e nel suo territorio
L. Lamanna, Archeologia e Antropologia della morte in Italia Settentrionale tra IV e XII secolo. Un approccio bioarcheologico
M. Marinato, Alimentazione, salute e mobilità della popolazione in Italia settentrionale tra IV e VIII secolo. Approcci bioarcheologici

Selection of theses from different degrees
2023 S. Squizzato Analisi preliminare del cimitero medievale sulla Rocca di Monselice
2023 Marina Seselja, Conoscere e valorizzare il patrimonio culturale con Wikipedia: la Rocca di Monselice
2023 Pietro Spiniella Indagine diacronica dei paesaggi della Grande Guerra sul Monte Baldo
2022 Valeria Razzante, Analisi archeometriche di malte storiche: il caso studio della chiesa e del cimitero di San Giovanni Evangelista in Castel Seprio (correlatore M. Secco)
2020 A. Casolin, Studio antropologico e paleopatologico del materiale antropologico proveniente dagli scavi di via Dinka Dokule n. 5 (2015-2017-2018) e San Lorenzo in Banjol (2015-2016), (Isola di Rab, Croazia)
2020 G. Marra Il paesaggio urbano ad Ascoli Piceno tra Due e Trecento. Studio archeologico dell’edilizia storica e proposta di valorizzazione digitale
2020 M. Usai, Quello che l’emergenza sanitaria ci ha insegnato sulla didattica online nelle Università: la risposta del settore disciplinare L-ANT/08 e una proposta di corso online
2019 P. Marcato, Paesaggi di malga nel territorio di Brentonico
2019 D. Grassetti, Il castello di Vestignano e la sua comunità. L’indagine archeologica a servizio della progettazione bottom-up
2019 S. Bianco, The exploitation of woody plants during Historical times (15th-18th c.) in Mercat del Born (Barcelona, Spain). Anthracological study of Casa Corrales
2019 G. Garbo Galeas per Montes: Scoprire i paesaggi storici attraverso i videogiochi,