Dr.

Elisa Perego

Elisa.Perego@oeaw.ac.at
+43 1 51581-6133

Short Biography

Graduated from Università degli Studi di Milano in 2004 with a Laurea in Classics and Archaeology. M.A. and PhD in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in 2007 and 2012. Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 2006-2007. Ralegh Radford Rome Fellow at The British School at Rome in 2013-2014. Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in 2013–2015 and 2015–2017. Since 2015, co-coordinator of the research network “The End of the Spectrum – Towards an Archaeology of Marginality” at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Joined OREA at the ÖAW in July 2017 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow with the project “CoPOWER. Government of Life and Death: The Rise of Coercive Power in European Late Prehistory”.

Research Interests

    • Mediterranean and Italian archaeology
    • Bronze Age, Iron Age and early Roman Europe
    • Archaeological method and theory
    • Funerary archaeology
    • Aspects of past identities: gender, personhood, agency, disability and health, age and the life-course, ethnicity
    • Marginality and social exclusion in present and past societies
    • Science policy and equality in research

      Publications

      Publications

      forthcoming

      • (together with M. Saracino, V. Zanoni, L. Zamboni) Funerary deviancy and inequality in late prehistoric Italy. Preistoria Alpina Miscellanea 49–2017.
      • (together with M. Saracino, V. Zanoni, L. Zamboni) The unequal dead. Evidence from late prehistoric Veneto and Trentino South Tyrol. In O. Cerasuolo (ed.) Inequality in Antiquity. Tracing the Archaeological Record. NY, Suny Press.
      • Gendered powers, gendered persons. Gender and personhood in a case study from Iron Age Veneto, Italy. In: N. Sojc and G. Saltini Semerari (eds) Investigating Gender in Mediterranean Archaeology.
      • Ideological constructions of childhood in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Italy: Personhood between marginality and social inclusion. In L. Beaumont et al. (eds) Children in Antiquity. London, Routledge.
      • (together with R. Scopacasa) The Samnite state of emergency: approaching crisis events and resolution strategies in Republican Italy (400–80 BC). In T. Stek (ed.) The State of the Samnites.
      • (together with V. Zanoni, L. Zamboni, M. Saracino) Crossing Places. Luoghi di passaggio e resti umani nella Protostoria dell’Italia Nord-orientale. In V. Nizzo (ed.) Archeologia e Antropologia della Morte. Roma: E.S.S. Editorial Service System.

      2016

      • (together with R. Scopacasa) (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-Millennium BC Italy. Approaching Social Agents. Gender, Personhood and Marginality. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
      • Inequality, abuse and increased socio-political complexity in Iron Age Veneto, c. 800–500 BC. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-Millennium BC Italy. Approaching Social Agents. Oxford 2016: Oxbow Books, 273–309.
      • (together with R. Scopacasa) Burial and social change in first-millennium BC Italy: an agent-focused approach. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy. Approaching Social Agents. Oxford 2016: Oxbow Books, xi–xxxiv.
      • (together with R. Scopacasa) Shifting perspectives: new agendas for the study of power, social change and the person in Iron Age Italy. In: E. Perego and R. Scopacasa (eds.) Burial and Social Change in First-millennium BC Italy. Approaching Social Agents. Oxford 2016: Oxbow Books, 313–337.

      2015

      • Bodies and persons. In: A. Gardner, M. Lake, and U. Sommer (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory. Oxford 2015: Oxford University Press.
      • (together with M. Saracino, L. Zamboni, V. Zanoni) Practices of ritual marginalization in late prehistoric Veneto: evidence from the field. In: Z. Devlin and E-J. Graham (eds.) Death Embodied: Archaeological Approaches to the Treatment of the Corpse. Oxford 2015: Oxbow Books, 129–159.

      2014

      • Abnormal mortuary behaviour and social exclusion in Iron Age Italy: a case study from the Veneto region. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 27(2), 2014, 161–185.
      • Final Bronze Age and social change in Veneto: group membership, ethnicity and marginality. Mélanges de l’École Française de Rome – Antiquité 126(2), 2014.
      • (together with M. Saracino, L. Zamboni, V. Zanoni) Investigating social exclusion in late prehistoric Italy: preliminary results of the ‘‘IN or OUT’’ Project. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 24(1), 2014, 1–12.
      • Micropolitical approaches to social inequality: case studies from first-millennium BC Italy. Research report on 2013–2014 Ralegh Radford Rome Fellowship. Papers from the British School at Rome 82, 2014, 361–362.
      • The 48th IIPP Annual Conference on the Veneto region, held in Padua 5–9 November 2013. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 29(1), 2014, 227–231.

      2013

      • The other writing: iconic literacy and Situla Art in Pre-Roman Veneto (Italy). In: K. E. Piquette and R. D. Whitehouse (eds) Writing as Material Practice: Surface, Substance and Medium. London 2013: Ubiquity Press, 253–270.
      • Review of ‘Landscape, Ethnicity, Identity in the Archaic Mediterranean Area’ edited by G. Cifani and S. Stoddart. Paperback, 336 pages. Oxford: Oxbow Books. ISBN13: 9781842174333. Price £35. European Journal of Archaeology 16(4), 2013, 747–752.
      • Textilien in Venetischen Brandgräbern 1050 v. Chr.–25 n. Chr.: Eine Neubewertung der Nachweise. In: J. Banck-Burgess and C. Nübold (eds) NESAT XI. North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles XI, 10.–13. May 2011 in Esslingen. Espelkamp 2013: Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH (contribution on CD).

      2012

      • (together with D. Collard, J. Morris) (eds) Food and Drink in Archaeology 3. Totnes 2012: Prospect Books.
      • Resti umani come oggetti del sacro nel veneto preromano: osservazioni preliminari. In: V. Nizzo and L. La Rocca (eds.) Antropologia e Archeologia a Confronto: Rappresentazioni e Pratiche del Sacro. Roma 2012: E.S.S. Editorial Service System, 873–882.
      • Between sacrifice and consumption: the deceased as metaphorical food in Iron Age Veneto. In: D. Collard, J. Morris and E. Perego (eds) Food and Drink in Archaeology 3. Totnes 2012: Prospect Book, 65–75.
      • Family relationships in Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and early Roman Veneto (Italy). Preliminary considerations on the basis of osteological analysis and epigraphy. In: R. Lawrence and A. Stromberg (eds) Families in the Greco-Roman World. London 2012: Continuum, 121–142.

      2011

      • Engendered actions: agency and ritual in Pre-Roman Veneto. In: A. Chaniotis (ed.) Ritual Dynamics in the Ancient Mediterranean: Agency, Emotion, Gender, Reception. Stuttgart 2011: Steiner Verlag, 17–42.
      • Between religion and consumption: culinary and drinking equipment in Venetic ritual practice (725 BC–AD 25). Pallas. Revue d’Etudes Antiques 86, 2011, 231–258.
      • Review of ‘Archaeologies of Colonialism: Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France’ by M. Dietler. Hardcover, 480 pages. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. Price $60.00, £41.95. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 26(2), 2011, 210–215.
      • (together with C. Iaia) Approaches to alcohol consumption in Bronze and Iron Age Europe: theory and practice. The European Archaeologist 34, 2011, 43–44.

      2010

      • Osservazioni preliminari sul banchetto funerario rituale nel Veneto preromano: acquisizione, innovazione e resistenza culturale. In: C. Mata Parreno, G. Pérez Jordà and J. Vives-Ferrandiz Sanchez (eds.) De la Cuina a la Taula. IV Reunio d’Economia en el I Millenni a.C. Saguntum. Papeles del Laboratorio de Arqueologia de Valencia, Extra 9, 287–294.
      • Magic and ritual in Iron Age Veneto, Italy. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 20, 2010, 67–96.

      2009

      • The ritualisation of eating and drinking. politics, religion and food consumption in Pre-Roman Veneto, Italy. In: S. Baker, A. Gray, K. Lakin, R. Madgwick, K. Poole and M. Sandias (eds.) Food and Drink in Archaeology 2. Totnes 2009: Prospect Books, 73–80.

      2007

      • Women’s voices in a male world: actions, bodies and spaces among the ancient Maya. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 18, 2007, 70–83.

      Detailed Biography

      Detailed Biography

      Academic Career

      • 2012
        PhD in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Title of thesis “The construction of personhood in Veneto (Italy) between the Late Bronze Age and the Early Roman period”.
      • 2007
        M.A. in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
      • 2004
        Laurea Magistrale in Classics and Archaeology at the Università degli Studi di Milano.

       

      Professional Career

      • 2017–2019
        Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at OREA (ÖAW). Principal Investigator of the project “CoPOWER. Government of life and death: the rise of coercive power in European late prehistory”.
      • 2015–2017
        Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology University, College Londo.
      • 2013–2015
        Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology University, College Londo.
      • 2013–2014
        Ralegh Radford Rome Fellow at the The British School at Rome. Principal Investigator of the project “Micropolitical approaches to social inequality: Case studies from first-millennium BC Italy
      • 2012–2013
        Awardee of the Celtic Research Trust. Principal Investigator of the project “Micro-histories in the long-term process: Marginality, gender and ethnicity in eastern Cisalpine Gaul c. 400 BC”.
      • 2008–2010
        Teaching assistant in Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London
      • Since 2015
        Co-coordinator with Prof. A. Reynolds (UCL) and Dr A. Gardner (UCL) of the research network “The end of the spectrum – Towards an archaeology of marginality” currently based at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
      • Since 2014
        Co-coordinator with Dr R. Scopacasa (UFMG & Exeter) and Dr S. Amicone (Tubingen) of the research network/project “Collapse or survival? Micro-dynamics of crisis, change and socio-political endurance in the first millennium BC central Mediterranean”.
      • Since 2013
        Collaboration with Dr M. Saracino, Dr L. Zamboni and Dr V. Zanoni on the project “IN or OUT? Investigating social exclusion in late prehistoric Italy”.

       

      Major Grants & Awards

      • 2017–2019
        Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship (IF) of the European Commission
      • 2013–2014
        Ralegh Radford Rome Fellowship at The British School at Rome
      • 2006–2007
        Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for the Academic Year 2006/7

       

      Selected Grants & Awards

      • 2017–2014
        Funding for the research network/project “Collapse or survival? Micro-dynamics of crisis, change and socio-political endurance in the first millennium BC central Mediterranean” (with R. Scopacasa and S. Amicone): G.E. Rickman Memorial Fund from the British School at Rome, FAPESP (São Paulo Research Foundation, through R. Scopacasa), publication grant from the Dep. of History, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (through R. Scopacasa).
      • 2016
        Academic Initiatives of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, for the research network “The end of the spectrum – Towards an archaeology of marginality” (with A. Gardner and A. Reynolds)
      • 2014
        LCANE/ London Centre for the Ancient Near East for EXBO 2014 (with V. Tamorri)
      • 2012–2013
        The Celtic Research Trust Bursary
      • 2008–2011
        UCL Institute of Archaeology Small Awards (4)
        Thomas Wideman Memorial Fund
        DFG travel grant
      • 2008
        Goodenough College London Carden Fund
        University of London Central Research Fund
        UCL Institute of Archaeology Award
        UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund Award

      Presentations

      Presentations

      Recent Presentations

      2017

      • “Killing me softly”. Contingent labour and archaeology in the age of the crisis. PATC. Public Archaeology Twitter Conference. (28.04.2017)
      • Children in Early Republican Italy: a personhood-focused approach. Trinity College Dublin. From invisible to visible: new data and methods for the archaeology of infant and child burials in pre Roman Italy (with R. Scopacasa). (25.04.2017)
      • Social complexity and marginality in Final Bronze Age Europe: Problems and perspectives. OREA. South Wind. Late Bronze Age cultural phenomena and influences from the Adriatic region to the north. (06.04.2017)

      2016

      • Marginality in archaeology. Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Towards an archaeology of marginality. (15.06.2016)
      • Interdisciplinary approaches to past inequality and human-environment interactions. Towards a framework for the integrated study of the environment, archaeology and history of first-millennium BC Italy. Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Towards an archaeology of marginality (with R. Scopacasa). (15.06.2016)
      • Approaching micro-dynamics of resilience in the context of climatic variation in marginal landscapes of early Roman Italy, c.325–200 BC. Exeter University, Roman Connectivity Forum (with R. Scopacasa). (20.04.2016)
      • The Samnite state of emergency: approaching crisis events and resolution strategies in Republican Italy (400–80 BC). Royal Netherlands Institute Rome. The state of the Samnites (with R. Scopacasa). (29.01.2016)

      2015

      • Wind of change: Craft in times of crisis and accelerated socio-political transformation in Iron Age Italy. University of Cambridge. Craft and production in the European Iron Age (with R. Scopacasa and S. Amicone). (27.09.2015)
      • Ideological constructions of childhood in Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Italy: between marginality and social inclusion. University of Sidney. Children in antiquity. Perspectives & experiences of childhood in the ancient Mediterranean. (14.07.2015)
      • Crossing places. Luoghi di passaggio e resti umani nella Protostoria dell’Italia nordorientale. École française de Rome and Stadio di Domiziano Roma. Archaeology and anthropology of death (with M. Saracino, V. Zanoni, L. Zamboni). (20.06.2015)
      • The end of the spectrum. Towards an Archaeology of Marginality in late prehistoric and proto-historic Italy (1200–500 BC). University College London. Late Prehistoric Central Mediterranean Seminar. (20.06.2015)
      • Collapse or survival? Theoretical and methodological approaches to micro-dynamics of crisis in the late prehistoric and early Roman central Mediterranean. University of Groningen. CRASIS Annual Meeting – Crisis! The identification, analysis and commemoration of crises in the ancient world (with R. Scopacasa and S. Amicone). (06.02.2015)

       

      Organisation of Conferences & Workshops

      2016

      • Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Towards an archaeology of marginality (with A. Gardner and A. Reynolds)

      2014

      • Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. EXBO 2014/ Expanding boundaries. Science and theory in prehistoric studies. An open discussion between prehistoric Egyptian/Nubian studies and World Archaeology (with V. Tamorri).

      • The British School at Rome. Collapse or survival? Micro-dynamics of crisis, change and socio-political endurance in the first–millennium BC central Mediterranean (with R. Scopacasa and S. Amicone)

      2011

      • The British School at Rome. Burial and social change in ancient Italy, 9th-5th century BC: approaching social agents (with R. Scopacasa)

      2010

      • Conference session at the 16th EAA Annual Meeting. Alcohol consumption in Bronze and Iron Age Europe: theory and practice (with C. Iaia)

      2009

      • University of Nottingham. Conference session on the ritual use of food in burial rites at the conference Food and Drink in Archaeology 3 (with V. Tamorri)

      2008

      • University of Southampton. Conference session at TAG 2008. Bodies of evidence. Human remains in funerary practices (with V. Tamorri).