• a.palmisano@ucl.ac.uk
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  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Alessio Palmisano

Research Interests

  • Near Eastern Archaeology and History
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Ancient trade
  • Historical and Urban Geography
  • Settlement patterns and population dynamics
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • Quantitative and computational methods

Current Research Project

The collaborative project (with the University of Plymouth) entitled 'Changing the face of the Mediterranean: land cover and population since the advent of farming', funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2015-2018), examines the relationship between inferred regional demographic trends in the Mediterranean since the appearance of farming (ca. 9000 years ago) and reconstructed land cover in the past.

In this project two proxies for longue-durée landscape change in the circum-Mediterranean region will be compared and critically evaluated. Changes in forest cover, pasture and agricultural land will be reconstructed using pollen analyses. Long-term changes in human population will be derived by constructing a demographic proxy from results of radiocarbon samples and archaeological survey data.


Professional History

  • July 2015-Jun 2018: External member of the project “Economic Analysis of Ancient Trade: The Case of the Old Assyrian Merchants of the Nineteenth Century BCE”. PI: Prof D. Schloen (Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), and Prof Ali Hortaçsu (Dept. of Economics) University of Chicago, Oriental Institute
  • Feb-July 2015: Research Associate in the project "Axial-Age Religions and the Z-Curve of Human Egalitarianism". PI: Prof P. Turchin (University of Connecticut), Prof H. Whitehouse (University of Oxford) and Dr T. Currie (University of Exeter)
  • Jan- October 2015: Research Assistant in Leverhulme South Oxfordshire Project RPG-2012-487. PI: Dr S. Mileson (University of Oxford, Faculty of History)
  • Jun 2012-Mar 2013: Research Assistant in a project funded by UCL Small Research Grants in the Arts and Humanities. PI: Dr M. Altaweel (UCL Institute of Archaeology). Project partners: Prof A. Wilson
    (UCL CASA) and Prof K. Radner (UCL History)

Educational Background

  • 2015: PhD Archaeology, University College London
  • 2009: MSc GIS and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology, University College London
  • 2007: MA Archaeology of the Middle East, Sapienza University of Rome
  • 2004: BA Archaeology, Sapienza University of Rome

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