Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie

Diana Marcazzan

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Urgeschichte und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Geoarchӓologie
Rümelinstrasse 23
72070 Tübingen

Büro: Raum H407

Temporary e-mail: diana.marcazzanspam prevention@guest.uni-tuebingen.de

 

Research project

Fire has always been considered a crucial factor in the human evolution and its discovery and control have yielded significant changes in the cultural, behavioral and technological sphere. However, the individuation of combustion tracks is not simple and, given the ambiguous and labile nature of the fireplace, it becomes more complex inside the Paleolithic sites; especially when it must connect the combustion tracks to the human activities. This issue often leads archaeologists to consider the burnt material as indirect evidence of combustion features within sites. Nevertheless, the presence of heat-altered remains is not enough to confirm the use of fire by the human and researchers must exploit other investigative techniques. The goal of this project is to use microcontextual analysis to reconstruct the behavioral strategies adopted and the use of space by prehistoric populations from the Middle to Upper Paleolithic. This will be carried out through a diachronic study of the combustion features from Hohle Fels (GER) and Fumane Cave (IT). Currently, analytical techniques have not been intensively used in Fumane Cave and a deeper investigation would be helpful to clarify the occupational pattern inside the cave. On the other hand, further research on samples from Hohle Fels and the comparison with Fumane Cave will allow us to reconstruct how Neanderthals and Modern humans organized their living space and how they controlled fire in a transitional period in two key regions of Europe.

Accademic Studies

Since March 2019: PhD candidate at Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Mathematisch und Naturwissenschaftliche Archaeölogie Fakultät

Supervisors: Prof. Nicholas Conard & Prof. Dr.Christopher Miller

March 2018 – August 2018: Erasmus Traineeship, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Mathematisch und Naturwissenschaftliche Archaeölogie Fakultät

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christopher Miller & Prof. Marco Peresani

October 2016 – December 2018: M.A. in Quaternary, Prehistory and Archaeology, University of Ferrara. Thesis title: “Micromorphological investigation of the combustion features of the late Middle Paleolithic from Fumane cave (VR)”

Supervisors: Prof. Marco Peresani & Prof. Dr. Christopher Miller

October 2013 – November 2016: Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Heritage, University of Verona. Thesis title: “The hearth of the late Neanderthal. Analysis of the depositional and post-depositional processes of the A5SIII combustion feature of Fumane Cave (VR)”

Supervisor: Prof. Marco Peresani

Posters and presentations

M. Peresani, D. Delpiano, R. Duches, J. Gennai, D. Marcazzan, N. Nannini, M. Romandini, L. Tassoni, A. Aleo, A. Cocilova 2017, Il Musteriano delle unità A10 e A11 a Grotta di Fumane (VR). Risultati delle campagne di scavo 2014,2016e 2017; IV IAPP –Incontro Annuale di Preistoria e Protostoria, Ferrara -Applicazioni tecnologiche allo studio di contesti paleolitici e mesolitici italiani -7-8 febbraio 2018, Palazzo Turchi di Bagno –Aula Magna, Corso Ercole I d’Este, 32, Ferrara

Publications

M. Peresani, D. Delpiano, R. Duches, J. Gennai, D. Marcazzan, N. Nannini, M. Romandini, A. Aleo, A. Cocilova. 2017, Il Musteriano delle unità A10 e A11 a Grotta di Fumane (VR). Risultati delle campagne di scavo 2014 e 2016, Fasti Online Documents & Research2017

Excavations and fieldworks

Cornafessa shelter (Ala – Italy), July 2017. Director: Dr. Rossella Duches (MUSE–Science Museum of Trento (TN), Italy)

Fumane Cave (Fumane, Italy), from 2014 to 2017. Director: Prof Marco Peresani (University of Ferrara)

De Nadale Cave (Zovencedo - VI), from 2014 to 2017. Director: Prof Marco Peresani (University of Ferrara)