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  • Dr Elisa Perego
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Elisa Perego

I completed my first degree in Classics and Archaeology in 2004 at State University of Milan. My first degree thesis explored gender and the social role of women in Iron Age north-east Italy by focusing on epigraphic and archaeological evidence from the Veneto region. I completed my MA and PhD in Archaeology at the Institute in 2007 and 2012, respectively. My doctoral thesis explored the construction of personhood in Veneto between the late Bronze Age and the early Roman period (c. 1050 BC – AD 25). In 2012-2013 I researched the construction of ethnic identities in Veneto, Friuli and nearby Alpine regions between the late Iron Age and the Augustan Age (c. 400 BC – AD 25). The main focus of this project, funded by the Celtic Research Trust, was on male identities, the movement of soldiers, the social role of Celtic people, and the construction of instable boundaries in an area characterized by a complex ethnic milieu. My current research project is supported by the British School at Rome and explores the relation between the rise of social complexity and inequality in first-millennium BC Italy, with a focus on evidence from Etruria, Rome, the Ionian coast and north-east Italy. I am also involved in collaborative research focusing on social change in Bronze Age northern Italy and the first-millennium BC central Mediterranean, and I took part in several excavations at different late prehistoric, Etruscan and Medieval Italian sites.

Research Interests

  • Italy and the central Mediterranean from the late Bronze Age to the early Roman period; late prehistoric and protohistoric Veneto
  • The rise of social complexity; urbanization; early writing with a focus on the Venetic language; social change in the longue durée and at the micro-scale
  • Social marginality; bioarchaeological, archaeological and anthropological approaches to ancient disease, violence, social exclusion and inequality
  • Archaeological theory; personhood, agency, gender and ethnicity
  • Funerary archaeology; religion and ritual
  • Research project 2012-2013: ‘‘Micro-histories in the long-term process: marginality, gender and ethnicity in eastern Cisalpine Gaul, c. 400 BC – AD 25’’
  • Research project 2013-2014: ‘‘Micro-political approaches to social inequality: case-studies from first-millennium BC Italy’’

Edited volumes

  • E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) forthcoming 2014. Burial and Social Change in First-Millennium BC Italy: Approaching Social Agents. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • D. Collard, J. Morris and E. Perego (eds.) 2012. Food and Drink in Archaeology 3. Totnes: Prospect Books.

Journal articles

  • E. Perego (in preparation). Final Bronze Age and Social Change in Veneto. Invited contribution to MEFRA.
  • E. Perego 2011. Between Religion and Consumption: Culinary and Drinking Equipment in Venetic Ritual Practice (725 BC – AD 25). Pallas. Revue d’Etudes Antiques 86, 231-258.
  • E. Perego 2010. Magic and Ritual in Iron Age Veneto, Italy. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 20, 67-96.
  • 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.

Book chapters

  • E. Perego (submitted). Gendered Powers, Gendered Persons. A Case Study from Iron Age Veneto, Italy. In: N. Sojc, G. Saltini Semerari and G-J. Burgers (eds.) Investigating Gender in Mediterranean Archaeology.
  • E. Perego, M. Saracino, L. Zamboni, V. Zanoni (submitted). Practices of Ritual Marginalization in Late Prehistoric Veneto: Evidence from the Field. In: Z. Devlin and E-J. Graham (eds.) Death Embodied: Archaeological Approaches to the Treatment of the Corpse. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • E. Perego (submitted) Bodies and Persons. In: A. Gardner, M. Lake, and U. Sommer (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (forthcoming 2014) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy: Approaching Social Agents. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (forthcoming 2014) Final Remarks. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy: Approaching Social Agents. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • E. Perego (forthcoming 2014) Inequality, Abuse and Increased Socio-Political Complexity in Iron Age Veneto, c. 800-500 BC. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy: Approaching Social Agents. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • 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. London: Ubiquity Press.
  • E. Perego 2012. Resti Umani come Oggetti del Sacro nel Veneto Preromano: Osservazioni Preliminari. In: V. Nizzo and L. La Rocca (eds.) Antropologia e Archeologia a Confronto: Rappresentazioni e Pratiche del Sacro, Atti del 2° Incontro Internazionale di Studi (Roma, Museo Preistorico Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”, il 20-21 Maggio 2011). Roma: E.S.S. Editorial Service System, 873-882.
  • E. Perego 2012. 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, 65-75.
  • E. Perego 2012. Family Relationships in Bronze Age, Iron Age and Early Roman Veneto (Italy). Preliminary Considerations on the Basis of Osteological Analysis and Epigraphy. In: R. Lawrence and A. Stromberg (eds.) Families in the Greco-Roman World. London: Continuum, 121-142
  • E. Perego 2011. Engendered Actions: Agency and Ritual in Pre-Roman Veneto. In: A. Chaniotis (ed.) Ritual Dynamics in the Ancient Mediterranean: Agency, Emotion, Gender, Reception. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 17-42.
  • 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.

Reports and reviews

  • E. Perego forthcoming. Final Bronze Age and Social Change in Veneto. Outline of contribution presented at the symposium ‘‘Problemi d'Identità nell’Italia Preromana: Workshop di Metodologia’’held at the École Française de Rome on 28/06/2013. Hypothèses. Revues.org
  • E. Perego forthcoming 2014. Review of 'Landscape, Ethnicity, Identity in the Archaic Mediterranean Area' edited by G. Cifani and S. Stoddart. Paperback, 336 pages. Oxford: Oxbow Books. ISBN13: 9781842174333. Price £35. European Journal of Archaeology.
  • E. Perego 2011. 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 26 (2), 210-215.
  • 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.

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