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Eugenio Bortolini

Junior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Cultural Heritage

Academic discipline: L-ANT/10 Methods of Archaeological Research

Curriculum vitae

Education
  • 2014 - Ph.D The Institute of Archaeology, UCL (UK)
  • 2009 - M.A. Archaeology, The Institute of Archaeology, UCL (UK)
  • 2008 - B.A.  (Laurea) Archaeology, Facoltà di Conservazione dei Beni Culturali, Università di Bologna (IT)

 

Research Appointments 

  • 01/2016-06/2017 Research Fellow, CaSEs Research Group (PI: Prof. Marco Madella), Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, IMF-CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Barcelona, Spain.
  • 2013-2016 Research Associate, ERC LanGeLin project, Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università di Bologna, Italia
  • 2012 External collaborator: ERC – EUROEVOL Project (PI: Prof. Stephen Shennan, UCL; Host institution: The Institute of Archaeology, UCL)
  • 2005-2008 The Joint Hadd Project (Direction: Prof. Maurizio Tosi, Prof. Serge Cleuziou; Institutions: Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Archeologia; Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente; Université de Paris-I – Panthéon Sorbonne; CNRS; Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman)
  • 2003-2004 Archaeological Map of the Middle Zeravshan ValleyProject (Direction: Prof. Maurizio Tosi, Prof. Timur Shirinov;  Institutions: University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology; University of Samarkand; Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente)

 

Academic Appointments

  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistantship at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Course ARCL2037 Interpreting Archaeological Data (undergraduate core course; co-ordinator: Dr. Matt Pope). From September 2012 to August 2013.
  • Thesis supervisor, MSc dissertation, University of Bologna, Dept. of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (Gessica Martini, An evolutionary approach to the study of folktale variability; primary supervisors: Jamie Tehrani (Durham University), Donata Luiselli (Dept. BiGeA, University of Bologna). Final grade: 110/110 Summa cum Laude). From March 2014 to March 2015
  • Thesis supervisor, PhD dissertation, Dipartimento di Asia Africa e Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (Maria Pia Maiorano, Title: Trasmissione culturale e neolitizzazione della Penisola Araba Sud-Orientale (8500-5700 BP) ); Joint supervision with Prof. Andrea Manzo. September 2016-present.

 

Selected Fieldwork

 

  • Field Director, collection of biological samples from populations of the Greek-speaking area of Apulia, Southern Italy. Direction: Davide Pettener; Institutions: University of Bologna; December 2013.
  • Director/Research Archaeologist, Wadi Halfayin Survey Project: Survey and Analysis of Bronze Age monumental burials (ad Dakhiliyah, Northern Oman). Direction: Eugenio Bortolini; Institutions: Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Sultanate of Oman. January 2010-May 2014.
  • Field Director/Research Archaeologist, The Oasis of Zukayt Project (intermittent appointment), Direction: Eugenio Bortolini, Maurizio Tosi; Institutions: University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology; Ministry of Heritage and Culture, Sultanate of Oman. February 2007- April 2008.
  •  Research Archaeologist, The Joint Hadd Project, Excavation of Bronze Age burial cairns at HD-7.3 (Ras' al-Hadd, Ja'alan, Sultanate of Oman). January 2007- February 2007.
  • Research Archaeologist, The Joint Hadd Project, Excavation of the Bronze Age coastal settlement of RJ-2 (Ra's al-Jinz, Oman). Direction: Maurizio Tosi, Serge Cleuziou, Gregory L. Possehl; Institutions: University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology; IsIAO (Italy); Université de Paris-I – Panthéon Sorbonne; CNRS (France); University of Pennsylvania; Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman. December 2005 - March 2006.
  • Field Assistant, Rescue excavation of the 5 millennium BC coastal midden/graveyard RH-5 (Ra's al-Hamra, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman); Direction: Maurizio Tosi, Serge Cleuziou; Institutions: University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology; Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente (IsIAO); Université de Paris-I – Panthéon Sorbonne; Centre National de la Recerche Scientifique (CNRS, France); Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman. April 2005 - June 2005.
  • Field Technician, Archaeological Map of the Middle Zeravshan Valley Project, Excavation of the nomadic kurgan graveyard of Sazagan (Samarkand, Uzbekistan); Survey of the Southern Zeravshan Basin (Samarkand, Uzbekistan); Direction: Maurizio Tosi, Timur Shirinov,Institutions: University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology; University of Samarkand; Istituto Italiano perl'Africa e l'Oriente (IsIAO). September 2003 - November 2003.
  • Field Technician, Lares snc (excavation of Iron Age settlements in Emilia Romagna, Italy). March 2002 - August 2002.
  • Field Technician, University of Bologna, Department of Archaeology, Excavation of the Etruscan settlement of Marzabotto (Bologna, Italy); Direction : Giuseppe Sassatelli, Elisabetta Govi. June 2002.


Talks and Conference Presentations
 

2017:

  • Bortolini, E. Just a place to die? Investigating structural variability and spatial distribution of monumental funerary structures in Wādi Halfayin (Ad Dakhiliyah, Sultanate of Oman), presented at the International Workshop “Empty Spaces or Creative Interfaces? A multi-scalar perspective on current dryland archaeology”, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, February 15-17.

2016:

  • Bortolini, E. Isolation by distance, demic diffusion, and cultural transmission in the genomic era: A case study based on folktale distribution over Eurasia and Africa, 6th International Conference DNA Polymorphism in Human Populations, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France, 7-9 December 2016.
  • Bortolini, E. (invited) Isolation by distance, demic diffusion, and cultural diffusion in the genomic era: Investigating the distribution of traditional folktales across Eurasia, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, November 29th.
  • Bortolini, E. and Pagani, L. Melting pot? Testing analysis of admixture on archaeological and cultural data, paper presented at the Eighth World Archaeological Congress, Kyoto, August 30th
  •  Bortolini, E. and García-Granero, J.J. Traces of date palm in early 3rd millennium BCE Oman? Poster presented at the 50th Seminar for Arabian Studies (London, July 30)
  • Bortolini, E. Hafit-Umm an-Nar (reprise): transition or transmission? Paper presented at the 50th Seminar for Arabian Studies (London, July 30)
  • Bortolini, E. Isolation by distance, demic diffusion, and cultural transmission in the genomic era: A case study based on folktale distribution over Eurasia and Africa, paper presented at the international workshop “How wrong is my model? Empirical challenges in archaeology, history, and anthropology. Barcelona, May 24th-26th

2015:

  • Bortolini, E. (invited) Cultural Transmission: another perspective on human evolution. Invited talk at the Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen November 24-25
  • Organiser of the conference Statistica e Scienze Umane: un Colloquio, held in Fognano (RA), May 15-16, Officially sponsored by BiostAT (Scuola di Alta Formazione Statistica), Polo Universitario Asti Studi Superiori, University of Padova, University of Bologna, Societa’ Italiana di Statistica.

2014:

  • Bortolini, E., Crema, E.R, Lake, M.W. Effective population and genotype-phenotype decoupling in cultural evolution, presented at Simulating the Past to Understand Human History, Social Simulation Conference 2014, Barcelona, September 1-5.
  • Bortolini, E. (invited) Fashion or social meaning? Analysing change in monumental burials of prehistoric eastern Arabia, at the Symposyum Archaeology, Death, and Change in Arabia (Chair: Kimberly Williams), Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting. Austin, Texas, April 24.

2012:

  • Bortolini, E, Munoz, O. (invited) Evolution of Societies and Funerary Customs of the Oman Peninsula from Neolithic to the Bronze Age, presented at the International Symposium “The Archaeological Heritage of Oman. An Early Cradle of Arabian Civilization brought to the Forefront of Cultural Resource Management”. UNESCO, Paris, September 7th.
  • Organiser of the session Embracing Uncertainty in Archaeology at the international Computer and Quantitative Applications in Archaeology conference (CAA) held in Southampton, March 26-30 (with Andy Bevan, Enrico Crema, Eleonora Gandolfi and Mark Lake).

2011:

  • Bortolini, E. The funerary archaeology of Wādī Halfayn (al-Dākhiliyyah, Sultanate of Oman), Paper presented at the 45th Seminar for Arabian Studies (London, July 29)

2010:

  • Bortolini, E. The Hafit-Umm an-Nar Transition: an Evolutionary Perspective, poster presented at the 44th Seminar for Arabian Studies (London, British Museum, July 22-24)

2008:

  • Bortolini, E. and Tosi, M. Prehistoric Burial Cairns and Control of Passage in Early Bronze Age Oman: The Oasis of Zukayt (ad Dakhiliyah, Northern Oman), paper presented at Death, Burial and the Transition to the afterlife in Arabia and the Adjacent Regions, Society for Arabian Studies Biennial Conference 2008 (London, British Museum, November 27-29).
  • Munoz, O., Zazzo, A., Bortolini, E., Seguin, G., Saliège, J.F., Cleuziou, S. Reconstructing the diet of the ancient fishermen of Ras’al-Hadd, Ras’al-Jinz (Sultanate of Oman) using radiocarbon dates, presented at the Conference African and Arabic Deserts: Environment, Climate and Impact on Population, Académie des Sciences, Paris, September 8-9.

2007:

  • Bortolini, E., Cerasetti, B. Heartlands of Magan: a Study of Oases Potential from Satellite Images, poster presented at 19th South Asian Archaeology International Conference, Ravenna (Italy), 2-7 July.

 

Grants and awards

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Research Scholarship (2009-2012; tot: GBP 10850)
  • Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, Borsa di Studio (2010-2011; Euro 3000)
  • UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund (2012, 2010; tot: GBP 500)
  • Institute of Archaeology, UCL Awards (2012, 2011, 2010; tot: GBP 1560)
  • Università di Bologna University of Bologna Grant for research Travel Expenses (2007; Euro 2265) 



  • 01/2016-06/2017 Research Fellow, CaSEs Research Group (PI: Prof. Marco Madella), Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, IMF-CSIC (Consiglio Superiore per la Ricerca Scientifica della Spagna), Barcellona, Spagna.
  • 2013-2016 Research Associate, (Assegnista di ricerca; agosto 2013-gennaio 2016) ERC LanGeLin project, Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università di Bologna, Italia
  • 01/2016-06/2017 Research Fellow, CaSEs Research Group (PI: Prof. Marco Madella), Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, IMF-CSIC (Consiglio Superiore per la Ricerca Scientifica della Spagna), Barcellona, Spagna.
  • 2013-2016 Research Associate, (Assegnista di ricerca; agosto 2013-gennaio 2016) ERC LanGeLin project, Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università di Bologna, Italia
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Research Scholarship (2009-2012; tot: GBP 10850)
    • Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, Borsa di Studio (2010-2011; Euro 3000)
    • UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund (2012, 2010; tot: GBP 500)
    • Institute of Archaeology, UCL Awards (2012, 2011, 2010; tot: GBP 1560)
    • Università di Bologna Borsa di Studio per Tesi di Laurea in Paese Estero (2007; Euro 2265)

    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Research Scholarship (2009-2012; tot: GBP 10850)
    • Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, Borsa di Studio (2010-2011; Euro 3000)
    • UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund (2012, 2010; tot: GBP 500)
    • Institute of Archaeology, UCL Awards (2012, 2011, 2010; tot: GBP 1560)
    • Università di Bologna Borsa di Studio per Tesi di Laurea in Paese Estero (2007; Euro 2265)

    • Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Research Scholarship (2009-2012; tot: GBP 10850)
    • Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, Borsa di Studio (2010-2011; Euro 3000)
    • UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund (2012, 2010; tot: GBP 500)
    • Institute of Archaeology, UCL Awards (2012, 2011, 2010; tot: GBP 1560)
    • Università di Bologna Borsa di Studio per Tesi di Laurea in Paese Estero (2007; Euro 2265)

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