Institute of Archaeology


Silvia Amicone - Honorary Research Associate

Silvia Amicone
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • MA, MSc, PhD
  • Email: silvia.amicone@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Silvia Amicone is a Research Fellow at the University of Tübingen within the Competence Centre Archaeometry Baden-Wuerttemberg (CCA-BW). She recently completed an AHRC-funded doctoral research at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where she contributed to the cutting-edge international project The Rise of Metallurgy in Eurasia. As a pottery analyst specialising in pottery technology in contexts of intense socio-cultural innovation, Silvia has contributed to several projects in the Balkans and the Mediterranean area and is an active member of The Ceramic Technology Network at the Institute of Archaeology (University College London).

In 2016 she was holder of the Fitch Bursary award at the British School at Athens, where she carried out an interdisciplinary research on cooking pottery production and consumption in the Greek and Roman site of Priene (Turkey). Since 2014, Silvia has also promoted the creation of the first research network for pottery technology in the Balkans, in cooperation with the Institute of Balkan Studies and the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Ancient Technology
  • Archaeometry and Material Science
  • Prehistoric Balkans
  • Mediterranean Archaeology from Prehistory to Iron Age
  • Neo-Assyrian Archaeology
  • Archaeological theory, Cultural Transmission

Research Projects, Networks

Recent Media Coverage

In early 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the IoA Ceramic Technology Research Network and Competence Center Archaeometry Baden-Wuerttemberg (CCA-BW) at the University of Tübingen where Silvia is now based. This MoU has been signed to encourage academic co-operation through research and teaching in the field of scientific archaeological ceramic analysis. Collaborative research projects as well as exchanges between the Institute of Archaeology and Tübingen's CCA-BW researchers for training programs are planned. Silvia Amicone will be a key link in this cooperative endeavor and her presence in Tübingen will facilitate visits and supervision of master and PhD students as part of their research.

Educational Background

  • 2017 PhD: Archaeological Science, University College London
  • 2011 MSc: The Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials, University College London
  • 2009 MA: Archaeology, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • 2006 BA: Classics, Università degli Studi di Milano

Selected recent publications

  • Amicone, S. (2017): Petrographic analysis of the 2015-2016 pottery from Gird-i Bazar. In: Chapter E - Pottery Studies. Unearthing the Dinka Settlement Complex: The 2016 Season at Gird-i Bazar and Qalat-i Dinka. Peshdar Plain Project Publications 2, Eds. Radner, K., Kreppner, F. J. and Squitieri A. (Gladbeck. PeWe-Verlag), 128-138.
  • Amicone, S. (2017): The kilns. In: Outdoor Area 8. Chapter D Excavating Gird-i Bazar: the 2016 season (2017). Unearthing the Dinka Settlement Complex: The 2016 Season at Gird-i Bazar and Qalat-i Dinka. Peshdar Plain Project Publications 2, Eds. Radner, K., Kreppner, F. J. and Squitieri A. (Gladbeck. PeWe-Verlag), 77-81.
  • Amicone, S. (2016): Rediscovering the 'fattoria officina' of Manfria (Gela): towards a new chronological and functional interpretation of the site. Accordia Research Papers 14, 123-154.
  • Amicone, S. and Quinn, P. S. (2015): Verulamium region white ware production at the Roman kiln site of Brockley Hill, Middlesex: a compositional and technological reassessment. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies 16, 1-22.
  • Amicone, S. and Lown, O. J. (2015): Review of the Accordia Lectures 2014-2015. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 25 (2), 1-10.
  • Amicone, S. (2015): Fourth century BC black glaze from Iasos: a technological approach. In: Keramos. Ceramics: a cultural approach, Eds. Gürtekin-Demir, G., Cevizoğlu, H., Polat, J., Polat, G. (Ankara. Bilgin Kültür Sanat Yayınları), 25-39.
  • Croce, E., Amicone, S., Castellano, L. and Vezzoli, G. (2014): Analisi di una tecnica edilizia in terra cruda nell'insediamento etrusco-padano del Forcello di Bagnalo San Vito (MN) [Analysis of an earthern building technique in the Etruscan-Padan settlement of Forcello di Bagnolo San Vito]. Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 22, 137-160.
  • Amicone, S. (2014): Review of the workshop 'Tracing pottery making recipes in the Balkans, 6th - 4th millennium BC'. The Old Potter's Almanack 19 (2), 30-31.
  • Amicone, S., Fenn, N., Heinze, L. and Schneider, G. (2014): Cooking pottery in Priene: imports and local productions from Late Classical to Late Hellenistic times. Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde 25, 1-26.
  • Amicone, S. (2014): Uno studio composizionale e tecnologico dei pithoi di Jazzo Fornasiello: risultati preliminari [A compositional and technological study of pithoi from Jazzo Fornasiello: preliminary results]. In: Iazzo Fornasiello (Gravina in Puglia) dati preliminari, Ed. Castoldi, M. (Bari. Edipuglia), 125-131.
  • Mailland, I., Peroschi, M. E., Amicone, S., Mailland, F. and Anati, E. (2009): A pre-pottery Neolithic B site at Har Karkom (Negev Israel): Report on the HK/361 site. Bollettino del Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici 35, 51-72.