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Dr Giulio Lucarini

Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

Giulio Lucarini is a Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and a Temporary Lecturer in African Archaeology at the College of Social Sciences, Addis Ababa University. At Cambridge, he is part of the Archaeological Deep History and Dynamics of Mediterranean Africa, ca. 9600-700 BC project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and also held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, working on the Human Transitional Pathways towards Food Production in North Africa project. Since finishing his PhD at the University of Naples L’Orientale, in which he investigated the exploitation of plant resources by Eastern Saharan Holocene groups, his research has mainly focused on social dynamics, human adaptations to the environment, and the emergence of food production in the regions between the Sahara and the southern Mediterranean littoral. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in Egypt, Greece, Libya, and Morocco, taking part in some of the most innovative archaeological projects underway in those countries, and has co-directed the Farafra Archaeological Project, Egypt. He is particularly interested in the study of material culture, especially stone tool manufacturing and function, and how artefact assemblages reflect possible socio-economic change and modifications in human-environment interactions. A further area of interest is the management and protection of the North African Cultural Heritage and, in particular, the preservation of Saharan rock art sites.

Giulio Lucarini has extensive undergraduate and graduate teaching experience having taught at the Universities of Cambridge, Rome Sapienza, Naples L’Orientale, and more recently, Addis Ababa.

He was awarded the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale in Archaeology from the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research; this qualification recognises excellence in teaching and awards eligibility to assume the role of Associate Professor within the Italian University system.

He is a passionate sailor and sea lover, and for many years enjoyed teaching children how to sail.

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