Project team

Dr. Elena Fiorin

Marie Curie-Skłodowska Fellow

Marie Curie Fellow at Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Sciences, Sapienza University.

I am a the Principal Investigator of the MEDICAL project (MSCA-IF-2018) based in the DANTE (Diet and Ancient Technology) laboratory at the Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Sciences, Sapienza University, Rome. The project, through the analysis of human dental calculus, explores the medical care offered to people who experienced leprosy and lived in leprosaria in Northern Europe during the medieval period (1100-1550 AD). To date, these medical treatments have never been analysed from an archaeological perspective and the study of skeletal remains recovered from selected historic leprosy cemeteries offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate medical treatments further.

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Prof. Emanuela Cristiani


Associate professor at Department of Oral and Maxillo Facial Sciences, Sapienza University.

After the PhD in prehistoric archaeology at Sapienza (2010), I became Marie Curie research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (University of Cambridge, UK), Research Associate at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America (Columbia University, USA) and, in 2014, ERC Senior Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. In 2016 I became director of DANTE for the study of Diet and Ancient Technology and currently working on the ERC project HIDDEN FOODS. My research project explores the role of plant foods in hunter-gatherer societies through the study of three different categories of archaeological materials: ground stone tools, macro-botanical and human skeletal remains from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic societies of southeast Europe, including Italy.

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Prof. Charlotte Roberts


Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

I am a bioarchaeologist, and have a background in archaeology, environmental archaeology and human bioarchaeology. I have studied and interpreted human remains from archaeological sites for the past 35 years, and I am specifically interested in exploring the interaction of people with their environments in the past through patterns of health and disease (palaeopathology), and especially those health problems that are common today. My key research interests are: contextual approaches to past human health (palaeopathology); ethics and human remains; contemporary health; evolutionary approaches to the origin and history of infection diseases; big data projects in palaeopathology.

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Dr. Cécile Chapelain de Seréville-Niel


Ingénieure de recherche CNRS, University of Caen Normandy
Laboratoire de paléoanthropologie

I am the head of the Archaeoanthropological Department of the Centre Michel de Boüard, CRAHAM (Centre de recherches archéologiques et historiques anciennes et médiévales). My research focuses on ancient, medieval and modern funerary archaeology and anthropology. In particular, I am interested in the populations who lived in Normandy from Antiquity to the modern period. I have participated in several excavations related to epidemics including the investigation of the leprosarium of  Saint-Thomas d’Aizier focusing on the archaeological and anthropological study of its cemetery.

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