About me

Elena Fiorin

Marie Skłodowska- Curie Fellow

Email me at: elena.fiorin@uniroma1.it

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Since 2009, I worked on several archaeological projects (involving Universities and Institutions), conducting several anthropological studies (both excavation and laboratory), and supervising and teaching MA and BA students.

During the PhD research I have developed at the Faculty of Biology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, I started focusing on the analysis of human dental calculus. To study the microdebris embedded within the tartar is not an easy task and several expertises are involved: microscopy, botany, archaeology, anthropology, history just to name a few. However, the results you can obtain are exceptional and can provide fresh data regarding diet, health and lifestyle of past societies.

In 2018 I published an article with some colleagues from Barcelona where we described the microscopic evidence for a sporangium annulus of a fern (Asplenium trichomanes L.) within the calculus of an adult male excavated in the medieval necropolis of Can Reiners (Balearic Islands, Spain). Through a historical and modern botanical literature review, we were able to convincingly suggest that the people who lived in Mallorca during the Middle Ages employed ferns as medicinal plants.

In the last few years…

Postdoctoral researcher at the University of York
(2018 – 2019)
Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Archaeology of the University of York. I was responsible for the Dental calculus analysis for the AHRC-funded project Counter Culture: investigating Neolithic social diversity.


Structure-from-motion and 3D modeling at Durham University
(2018 – 2019)
Structure-from-motion and 3D modeling reconstruction of skeletal remains. DARC laboratory, Department of Archaeology, Durham University (UK).

More info: http://www.darclab.com/; https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/europe/pg-skeletons/

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