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Elisa Perego

The construction of personhood in Veneto (Italy) between the late Bronze Age and early Roman period

My PhD research concerns the construction of personhood in the Italian region of Veneto between the late Bronze Age and early Roman period (c. 1200 BC - AD 25). The wider setting of this research is the archaeology of 1st millennium BC central Mediterranean; within this framework, my main interest is the study of past people's identity and interaction through a multidisciplinary approach drawing on archaeological and osteological evidence, epigraphic and literary sources, statistical analysis, and anthropological theory.

More specifically, my work offers a theoretically informed and innovative application of the concept of 'personhood' to archaeology. Anthropologically, 'personhood' is a moral categorization discriminating between the individuals who are given full or partial membership in society and those who are denied it. In our society, the ascription of personhood to liminal subjects such as embryos, foetuses and brain-dead patients is an issue painfully at the core of the debate over human rights, female reproductive concerns and the acceptable limits of the control that states and single persons can achieve over the human body. My work explores whether practices relating to personhood in Veneto - albeit concerned with different issues than those of modern Western cultures - were equally embedded in a social milieu entailing elite control over subordinates, reproduction of inequalities and exclusion of marginal individuals from the centre of society.

Supervisors

 Educational background

  • Laurea, Classics and Archaeology, State University of Milan, 2004
  • MA, Archaeology, UCL, 2007

PUBLICATION

EDITED VOLUMES

E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) (in preparation) Burial and Social Change in Ancient Italy, 9th-5th Century BC: Approaching Social Agents

D. Collard, J. Morris and E. Perego (eds.) (forthcoming). Food and Drink in Archaeology 3. Totnes: Prospect Books.

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

E. Perego (in review) Tradition and Transformation. Funerary Practices in Late Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto (Italy). In: Y. Gleize and D. Castex (eds.). Montagnac: Editions Monique Mergoil. ‘Roman History and Archaeology Series’.

E. Perego (forthcoming). Resti umani come oggetti del sacro nel Veneto preromano. Proceedings of the Conference ‘Comparing Anthropology and Archarology. Representations and Practices of the Sacred’. Museo Preistorico Etnografico Pigorini, 21-22 Maggio 2011, Rome.

E. Perego (forthcoming). The Other Writing: Iconic Literacy and Situla Art in Pre-Roman Veneto (Italy). In: K. E. Piquette and R. D. Whitehouse (eds.) Writing as Material Practice: Surface, Substance and Medium. Amherst NY: Cambria Press.

E. Perego and V. Tamorri (forthcoming). Deviant Burials in Context: Preliminary Considerations on Practices of Bone Disarticulation in Iron Age Veneto (Italy) and Predynastic Egypt. In: Z. L. Devlin and E. J. Graham (eds.) Death Embodied: Archaeological Approaches to the Treatment of the Corpse. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

E. Perego (forthcoming). Between Religion and Consumption: Culinary Implements in Venetic Ritual Practice. Pallas. Revue d’Etudes Antiques 88.

E. Perego (forthcoming). Between Sacrifice and Consumption: The Deceased as Metaphorical Food in Iron Age Veneto. In: D. Collard, J. Morris and E. Perego (eds.) Food and Drink in Archaeology 3. Totnes: Prospect Book.

E. Perego (in press). Family Relationships in Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto (Italy). Preliminary Considerations on the Basis of Osteological Analysis and Epigraphy. In: A. Stromberg and R. Lawrence (eds.) Oikos to Familia: The Family in Ancient Society. Framing the Discipline in the 21st Century. London: Continuum.

E. Perego (in press). Engendered Action: Agency and Ritual in Pre-Roman Veneto. In: A. Chaniotis (ed.) Ritual Dynamics in the Ancient Mediterranean: Agency, Emotion, Gender, Reception. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag.

E. Perego (2010). Magic and Ritual in Iron Age Veneto, Italy. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 20, 67-96.

E. Perego (2010). Osservazioni Preliminari sul Banchetto Funerario Rituale nel Veneto Preromano: Acquisizione, Innovazione e Resistenza Culturale. In: C. Mata Parreno, G. Pérez Jordà and J. Vives-Ferrandiz Sanchez (eds.) De la Cuina a la Taula. IV Reunio d’Economia en el I Millenni a.C. Saguntum. Papeles del Laboratorio de Arqueologia de Valencia, Extra 9, 287-294.

E. Perego (2009). The Ritualisation of Eating and Drinking. Politics, Religion and Food Consumption in Pre-Roman Veneto, Italy. In: S. Baker, A. Gray, K. Lakin, R. Madgwick, K. Poole and M. Sandias (eds.) Food and Drink in Archaeology 2. Totnes: Prospect Books, 73-80.

E. Perego (2007). Women’s Voices in a Male World: Actions, Bodies and Spaces among the Ancient Maya. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 18, 70-83.

REPORTS and REVIEWS

E. Perego (forthcoming). Review of ‘Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France’ by M. Dietler. Hardcover, 480 pages. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780520265516. Price $60.00, £41.95. Archaeological Review from Cambridge.

E. Perego and C. Iaia (2010/2011). Approaches to Alcohol Consumption in Bronze and Iron Age Europe: Theory and Practice. The European Archaeologist 34, 43-44.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

E. Perego (2011). Marginality, exploitation and abuse: Anomalous burials, sacrifice and the raise of poltical authority in Iron Age Veneto, c. 900-450 BC. ‘Burial and Social Change in Ancient Italy, 9th-5th Century BC: Approaching Social Agents’. The British School at Rome.

E. Perego (2011). Textiles in Venetic cremation tombs c. 1050 BC – AD 25: A Reappraisal of the Evidence. NESAT XI. Esslingen. [poster]

E. Perego (2010). Preliminary Observations on Ritual Drinking Practices in Iron Age Veneto. 16th EAA Annual Meeting. The Hague.

E. Perego (2010). Wrapping the Body in Iron Age Italy. ‘Wrapping and Unwrapping the Body: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives’. Institute of Archaeology. University College London. [poster]

E. Perego (2009). Issues of Romanization in Late Iron Age Veneto. Work-in-Progress Seminar Series. Institute of Classical Studies. University of London.

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E. Perego and V. Tamorri (2009). Deviant Burials in Context: Preliminary Considerations on Practices of Bone Disarticulation in Iron Age Veneto (Italy) and Predynastic Egypt. TAG 2009. University of Durham.

E. Perego (2009). The Archaeology of Personhood in the Ancient Mediterranean: A Case Study from Iron Age Veneto. TAG 2009. University of Durham.

E. Perego (2009). Osservazioni Preliminari sul Banchetto Funerario Rituale nel Veneto Preromano. Acquisizione, Innovazione e Resistenza Culturale. ‘De la Cuina a la Taula’. IV Reunio d’Economia en el I millenni a.C. Valencia. [poster]

E. Perego (2009). Family Relationships in Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto (Italy). Preliminary Considerations on the Basis of Osteological Analysis and Epigraphy. ‘Oikos-Familia. The Family in the Greco-Roman World. Framing the Discipline in the 21st Century’. University of Gothenburg & University of Birmingham.

E. Perego (2009). Between Religion and Consumption: Culinary Implements in Venetic Ritual Practice. ‘Gods of Small Things (GOST)’. Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology & University of Reading.

E. Perego (2009). Hybridism and Substitutions. Urns as Bodies in Pre-Roman Italy. 15th EAA Annual Meeting. Riva del Garda.

E. Perego (2009). Tradition and Transformation. Funerary Practices in Late Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto (Italy). 15th EAA Annual Meeting. Riva del Garda.

E. Perego (2009). Acculturation and Resistance. Symposium, Trade and Interaction in Iron Age Veneto (Italy). 15th EAA Annual Meeting. Riva del Garda.

E. Perego (2009). The Other Writing. Iconic Literacy and Situla Art in Pre-Roman Veneto (Italy). ‘Writing as Material Practice: Surface, Substance and Medium’. Institute of Archaeology. University College London.

E. Perego (2009). Between Sacrifice and Consumption: The Deceased as Metaphorical Food in Iron Age Veneto (Italy). ‘Food and Drink in Archaeology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ Conference. University of Nottingham.

E. Perego (2008). Becoming Human Again. Urns as Bodies in Pre-Roman Italy. TAG 2008. University of Southampton.

E. Perego (2008). Fire and Ground. Bi-ritualism in Pre-Roman Veneto (Italy). TAG 2008. University of Southampton.

E. Perego (2008). Religion, Ethnicity and Interaction in Pre-Roman and Early Roman Veneto. ‘Religion and Social Identity in Antiquity: Case Studies from the Mediterranean to the Iranian Plateau’. History Department. University College London.

E. Perego (2008). Engendered Actions: Agency and Ritual in Pre-Roman Veneto. ‘Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual’. International Conference. University of Heidelberg.

E. Perego (2008). Bodies Beyond Death. The Recreation of the Dead in Venetic Funerary Rituals. Research Seminar on Prehistoric Italy. Institute of Archaeology. University College London.

E. Perego (2008). The Archaeology of Personhood. A Case Study in Pre-Roman Veneto. Graduate School Conference. Institute of Archaeology. University College London.

E. Perego (2008). The Ritualisation of Eating and Drinking. Politics, Religion and Food Consumption in Pre-Roman Veneto, Italy. ‘Food and Drink in Archaeology: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ Conference. University of Nottingham.

E. Perego (2008). Bodies of Evidence. Some Observations on the Treatment of the Deceased Worldwide and in Pre-Roman Veneto, Italy. SAS Conference. Institute of Archaeology. University College London.

E. Perego (2007). Anomalous Funerary Practices in Pre-Roman Veneto, Northern Italy. Research Seminar on Prehistoric Italy. McDonald Institute for the Archaeological Research. University of Cambridge.

Perego (2009). Materiality, Identity and Relationship. Mortuary Practices in Iron Age Veneto. Accordia Research Seminar Series. University College London & University of Lo


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