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Science and Technologies for Sustainable Diagnostics of Cultural Heritage

Project director: prof. C. Lemorini, Sapienza University of Rome PNRR Project – Cross-disciplinary interpretation of data from novel diagnostics and definition of multi-method protocols for the study of Cultural Heritage LTFAPA is part of a larger project funded by the Next Generation EU for the Italian National Recovery Plan, PE5 CHANGES, Spoke 5 (Science and […]

African Middle Stone Age, Area of Gotera, Southern Ethiopia

Sites excavation director: E.E. Spinapolice, Department of Classics, Sapienza University of Rome LTFAPA project: use-wear and residues analyses of chipped stone tools of the Area of Gotera The area of Gotera, southern Ethiopia, is characterized by strong evidence of human occupation referred to the African Middle Stone Age (MSA).It was discovered by Jean Chavaillon in […]


Neolithic levels, Turkey Site excavation director 1993-2018: prof. I.Hodder, Stanford University http://www.catalhoyuk.com Chipped stone tools use-wear analysis Çatalhöyük is a well-known site located in Central Anatolia that was occupied for 2,000 years; the Neolithic East Mound dates from 7400 BCE to 6000 BCE and the Chalcolithic West Mound covers the first half of the 6th millennium […]

Other Metal Age lithic industries recently studied at LTFAPA

Torre della Chiesaccia, Casetta Mistici (Copper Age, Latium Italy) References Lemorini C. Caricola I., Nunziante Cesaro S. 2020 4.4. – Le punte foliate dai contesti funerari di Torre della Chiesaccia (Roma): analisi delle tracce d’uso e dei residui d’uso In G.Carboni, A. Anzidei (eds. ) Roma prima del mito. Abitati e necropoli dal Neolitico alla […]


Chalcolithic-Bronze Age, Turkey Site excavation director: prof. F.Balossi-Restelli, Sapienza University of Rome Chipped stone tools and macro-lithic tools use-wear and residues analyses Moreover, LTFAPA is dealing also with the technological and functional study with traces analysis of the macro-lithic tools of the Arslantepe sequence, from Late Chalcolithic to Hittites Age. A PhD project (A.De Angelis […]

Other Paleolithic lithic industries recently studied or under study at LTFAPA

La Polledrara di Cecanibbio (Lower Paleolitich site, Italy) Chipped stone tools use-wear analysis References Santucci E., Marano F., Cerilli E., Fiore I., Lemorini C.,  Palombo M.R., Anzidei A.P.,  Bulgarelli G.M., (2016), Palaeoloxodon exploitation in the late Middle Pleistocene site of Polledrara di Cecanibbio (Rome, Italy), Quaternary International 406, pp. 169-182, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.08.042. Lemorini, C.; Santucci, E.; Caricola, I.; […]

Late Lower paleolithic in Israel

Qesem Cave (AYCC), Revadim, Jaljulia (Acheulean) Site excavation director: A.Gopher, R.Barkai, Department of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University TAU LTFAPA project Chipped stone tools use-wear and residues analysis funded by MAECI and by International Agreement Project of Speinza University Qesem Cave and the open sites of Revadim and Jajiulia are located near Tel Aviv. Revadim and Jajiulia […]


Venosa Basin, Italy Site excavation director: M.H. Moncel, UMR 7194 HNHP (MNHN-CNRS-UPVD), Département Homme et Environnement, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle LTFAPA project: use-wear and residues analyses of chipped stone tools The site of Notarchico is the most ancient Acheulean site of Italy, one of the most ancient in Europe, dating around 700 Kya. The site […]

Homa Peninsula

Lower Paleolithic, Oldowan sites, Kenya http://humanorigins.si.edu/research/east-african-research/ Sites excavation director: T.W.Plummer, Queens College, CUNY & NYCEP, NY, USA. LTFAPA project: use-wear and residues analyses of chipped stone tools and macro-lithic tools of the Oldowan sites of Kanjera South, Nyayanga, Sari River. The Homa Peninsula is a region located insouthwestern Kenya, reach in anthropic evidences of Early […]

Residues and textiles

Residues Analysis Lemorini C., Nunziante Cesaro S. (eds.), (2014), An integration of use-wear and residues analysis for the identification of the function of archaeological stone tools, BAR (I.S.), Oxford, pp. 63-76. doi: http//:10.30861/9781407312880 Nucara A., Nunziante-Cesaro S., Venditti F., Lemorini C.  A multivariate analysis for enhancing the interpretation of infrared spectra of plant residues on […]