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The Laboratory

The Laboratory activities deal with vegetation history, wood use and land use changes during the Holocene in the Mediterranean area and in other world regions.
The investigation is mainly based on macro and micro-charcoals analysis focusing on the history of Mediterranean trees and forests; botanical macroremains and pollen are also processed. Research especially focused on understanding historical biogeography of Castanea sativa, Juglans regia, Quercus suber, Abies alba, Pinus nigra, Pinus pinea, Prunus persica and Vitis vinifera.
More recently Lab activities extend to detect and increase the value of the cultural landscape (plants and artifacts) in rural and urban areas and the diagnosis and conservation of Wooden Cultural Heritage.
Stable collaboration exists with other labs for AMS dating, isotope analysis, soil science, vegetation modelling, GIS analysis, archaeology and environmental reconstruction.
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Research News & Announcements

The first finding of doum palm remain in Europe

Posted on mar 6, 2015 in Historical Biogeography of Mediterranean Trees

In the Roman harbour of Naples, the evidence of trade with northern Africa In the Greek-Roman harbour of Naples, our team found doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica (L.) Mart.) among the remains dated to the 1st century...

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The Roman sailors’ food

Posted on feb 17, 2015 in Cultural History of Food Plant

Dry fruits for the long sea crossings A detailed study of the macroscopic plant remains recovered on the palaeo-seafloors of Neapolis harbour, carried out by our team and spanning almost 700 years between the 2nd...

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Late Holocene landscape changes in central Italy

Posted on gen 3, 2015 in Research

From 200 BC to AD 1300 the landscape on the Etruscan coast in central Italy...

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The first archaeobotanical review of archaeological sites in Italy

Posted on gen 3, 2015 in Research

More than 15 archaeobotanical teams, working on 630 archaeological sites in the...

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The Late Holocene history of silver fir

Posted on ott 8, 2014 in Research

Is silver fir a relic species with no potential to expand its spatial range? Is...

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Evidences of cypress cultivation in southern Italy

Posted on lug 23, 2014 in Historical Biogeography of Mediterranean Trees

In Campania cypress groves were present during the Roman Age for timber...

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A new archaeobotanical study of Italian Roman ports

Posted on lug 4, 2014 in Research

In Roman times the Tyrrhenian coast was characterized by a deciduous forest and...

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Timber use and garden plants in the Roman villa “of Poppea” at Oplontis

Posted on apr 24, 2013 in Research

The evidences show an exclusive use of coniferous timber in building and...

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