ERC: Cristiano Nicosia

Download Project:  GEODAP - GEOarchaeology of DAily Practices: extracting Bronze Age lifeways from the domestic stratigraphic record (2021-2026)

Cristiano Nicosia


ERC Grantee: Cristiano Nicosia

Department: Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music

Total Contribution: Euro 1.987.141,00

Project Duration in months: 60

Start Date: 21/09/2021
End Date: 20/09/2026

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Cristiano Nicosia is Full Professor at the Department of Geosciences of the University of Padova.

He received his BA (hons) in Archaeology at the University of Padova in 2004, after two terms at Boston University (USA) thanks to two consecutive Padova-Boston Exchange scholarships. In 2006 he completed a two-year MSc in Soil Science at Ghent Universiteit in Belgium (MSc in Physical Land Resources: option Soil Science). He received his PhD in Natural and Environmental Sciences from the University of Milano in 2012, spending a term at University of Cambridge (UK) as exchange doctoral student. From 2012 to 2017 he has been employed as researcher at the Centre de Recherche en Archéologie et Patrimoine (CReA) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In 2018 he returned to Italy in the framework of the University of Padova program bringing back Italian scholars working in foreign institutions. He is a geo-archaeologist working on the human impact on ancient landscapes, on paleo-environmental reconstruction and on the study of the daily lives of past individuals. He has worked on archaeological projects throughout Europe and as a member of archaeological expeditions in Tanzania, Iran, and Jordan. He co-edited the volume “Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology” for Wiley & Sons (2017), and the special issue of Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports “Geoarchaeology of Bronze Age Europe” (2019). In 2018 he authored the peer-reviewed monograph “Geoarcheologia delle stratificazioni urbane post-classiche” (Quasar, Rome). In 2020 he has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project “GEODAP: GEoarchaeology of DAily Practices: extracting bronze age lifeways from the domestic stratigraphic record”.