Alessandro Quercia

Dr Alessandro QuerciaHonorary Visiting Fellow

BA (Turin), MA, Ph.D. (“Cattolica del Sacro Cuore”, Milan)



Alessandro read Classical Archaeology as an undergraduate at the University of Turin. His MA and PhD researches focused on the Punic coarse and painted ware from the sanctuary of Tas-Silġ (Malta); he was awarded various scholarships by Universities of Milan and Lecce and from Maltese Government for this research. Over the years he has developed competence and skills in studying and analysing Classical pottery and material culture from different sites of the Mediterranean, mainly located in Italy and Greece.

Alessandro has built up a wide range of archaeological expertise and management experience working in various excavations in Italy, Malta and Turkey (Hierapolis). Moreover, he worked for one year as a archaeologist in Local Council of Lecce (Italy). In addition, he is participating in the archaeological project concerning the indigenous sanctuary of Santa Maria d’Agnano (Ostuni, Italy).

From 2010 until the end of 2013, Alessandro joined the School of Archaeology and Ancient History as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tracing Networks subproject Weaving relationships: loom weights and cross-cultural networks in the ancient Mediterranean”. The project has been initiated by Prof Lin Foxhall and focuses on analysing the loom weights across the Mediterranean from Late Bronze Age to 3rd century BCE, investigating the exchange of shapes, decorations, craft knowledge and personal/group behaviours within the larger social and economic interactions.

From April 2010 he also gained a permanent position as an archaeological officer in the Superintendency of Archaeological Heritage of Piemonte and Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (NW Italy).

Selected Recent Publications

Hong Y., Solanki M., Foxhall L. and A. Quercia. 2013. ‘A Framework for Transforming Archaeological Databases to Linked Ontological Datasets’ in CAA 2010, Fusion of Cultures. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Granada, Spain, April 2010. Edited by F. Contreras, M. Farjas and F. J. Melero. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 569-574.

Coppola, D., Dewailly, M., Quercia, A. and S. Gonzalez Sanchez. 2012: Santa Maria d'Agnano (Ostuni, Pouille). Chronique des activités archéologiques de l'École Française de Rome, 124-1 (on-line publication).

Bevan, A., J. Conolly, C. Hennig, A. Johnston, A. Quercia, L. Spencer, and J. Vroom. 2012: Measuring chronological uncertainty in intensive survey finds. A case study from Antikythera, Greece. Archaeometry 55, 2: 312–328 (see abstract)

Quercia, A. and L. Foxhall. 2012 'Tracing Networks project: Craft Traditions in Ancient Mediterranean. I pesi da telaio come indicatori di dinamiche produttive e culturali nelle attività tessili del Sud Italia in eta’ preromana' in La lana nella Cisalpina romana: economia e società. Studi in onore di Stefania Pesavento Mattioli. Atti del convegno, Padova-Verona, 18-20 maggio 2011. Edited by M.S. Busana and P. Basso. Padova:University Padua Press, pp. 367-381 (pdf avallable here)

Quercia A. 2011 ‘Forge e ferro dell’Italia meridionale in età romana’ in Archeometallurgia: dalla conoscenza alla fruizione. Edited by C. Giardino. Bari: Edipuglia, pp. 193-213. For a pdf of the article, click here

Quercia A., Johnston A., Bevan A., Conolly J. and A. Tsaravopoulos. 2011: Roman Pottery from an Intensive Survey of Antikythera, Greece. Annual of the British School at Athens 106: 47-98. To access the article, click here.

Quercia A. 2011. ‘Typological and morphological remarks upon some vessels in the repertoire of pottery in Punic Malta' in Ceramics of the Phoenician-Punic World: Collected Essays. Edited by C. Sagona. Leuven: Peeters (Ancient Near Eastern Studies, suppl. 36), pp. 433-45.  For a pdf of the article, click here.

De Venuto G. and A. Quercia 2010. ‘Le statuette fittili di cane in Magna Grecia: la documentazione archeologica e il dato archeozoologico’, in 5° Convegno Nazionale di Archeozoologia, Rovereto 2006. Edited by A. Tagliacozzo, I. Fiore, S. Marconi and U. Tecchiati, pp. 229-233. Rovereto: Edizioni Osiride.  pdf available here

Quercia A. 2008. ‘Le ceramiche comuni di età romana”, in  Horti et Sordes. Uno scavo alle falde del Gianicolo. Edited by F. Filippi, pp. 141-176  Roma: Edizioni Quasar. pdf available here

Giardino C. and A. Quercia 2008. ‘Metallurgy in ancient Lecce: new evidence from the excavations of Piazzetta Epulione and Piazzetta Castromediano’, in Charcoals From the Past: Cultural and Palaeoenvironmental Implications, Proceedings of the Third International Meeting of Anthracology, Cavallino - Lecce 2004. Edited by G. Fiorentino and D. Magri, pp. 129-138 (British Archaeological Reports. International series,  1807) Oxford: Archaeopress. pdf available here

Quercia A. 2007. La ceramica punico-maltese del santuario di Tas Silg: analisi tipologica e funzionale, in Un luogo di culto al centro del Mediterraneo: il santuario di Tas Silg dalla Preistoria all’età Bizantina. Atti del seminario di studi, Roma, 2005. Scienze dell’Antichità. Storia, Archeologia, Antropologia 12 (2004-2005): 335-354. pdf available here



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