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Sahra Talamo

Full Professor

Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: BIO/08 Anthropology

Curriculum vitae

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ORCID CODE: ORG/0000-0002-2406-3132





Total of 102 articles in peer-reviewed journals:

H-index: 34 (GS 17.11.2021) Total number of citations: GS: 18,666

Total list of publications can be found at:




Graduated in Natural Sciences at the University of Milan; Title: "Le datazioni 14C: Datazioni tradizionali e tecniche di wiggle-matching applicate a Settmenti preistorici dell'area Padana" Supervisors: Leone Fasani & Bernd Kromer in 2002.

PhD in Archaeology at Leiden University / MPI-EVA; Title: "Refining 14C dating of bone >30,000 BP: Establishing an accurate chronology for the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in France" Supervisors: Mike Richards & Jean-Jacques Hublin in 2012.


After several years of contract research (from 2007 to 2019) for the Academy of Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany, to reconstruct the calibration curve up to 14,000 years BP, she becomes in 2012 Researcher at the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA), Leipzig, Germany. In June 2019 Full Professor at the University of Bologna in the Department of Chemistry G. CIAMICIAN.


Since 2020 carries out with continuity teaching activity for the course of BIOLOGY FOR BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE Master Degree in Science for the conservation - restoration of cultural heritage


Participated and won an ERC starting grant in 2018 still in progress

Referee of international and Italian journals in the field of Radiometric Sciences, Archaeology and Human Evolution, for journals such as Journal of Archaeological Science, Radiocarbon, PNAS, Journal of Human Evolution, Quaternary International, PloseOne, Heliyon, Nature.

She was supervising H.Fewlass, PhD (2015-2019) at the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA), Leipzig, Germany. While since November 2019 she supervises two PhD students funded by the ERC_StG project at the University of Bologna.


She is a member of the Board of the FRONTIERS (The Future of the Earth, Climate Change and Social Challenges) PhD program from 2020.


Since November 2012, she is a member of ESHE - European Society for the study of Human Evolution, and since 2018 he is a member of the steering committee of ESHE itself.


Several collaborations with scientific research institutes, universities, and museums all over the world. Some examples: Bard E. (CEREGE-AMS in Aix-en-Provence), Wacker L. (AMS in ETH Zurich), Friedrich R. (AMS in Mannheim), Reimer P. (Belfast University), Muscheler R. (Lund University), Solanki S. (Max-Planck-Institut for Solar System Research), Friedrich M. (Hohenheim University), Guérin G. & Lahaye C. (IRAMAT-CRP2A, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France), Büntgen U. (University of Cambridge), Fitzsimmons K. (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry), Benazzi S. (University of Bologna), Mannino M.A. (Aarhus University), Negrino F. (University of Genova), Peresani M. (University of Ferrara), Starnini E. (Museo Preistorico Nazionale dei Balzi Rossi), , Zilhão J. (ICREA Universitat de Barcelona), Martini F. (Florence University), Richards M.P. (University of British Columbia), Balzeau A. (Musee de l'Homme), Soressi M. (Leiden University), Bicho N. (Faro University), Nadachowski M. (Krakow University), Rosell J. & Blasco R. (IPHES), Reich D. & Qiaomei F. (Harvard University), Pääbo S. & Myer M. (Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Genetics), Krause J. (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History), Viola B. (University of Toronto), Sponheimer M. (University of Colorado), Welker F. (Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen), Hublin J.J (Collège de France and MPI-EVA).


Participation in several International Congresses:

ESHE European Society for the study of Human Evolution, EGU European Geosciences Union; General Assembly, Hugo Obermaier-Gesellschaft, International Radiocarbon Conference, ESF (European Science Foundation), SCIEM 2000, Archaeology and radiocarbon conference, Radiocarbon and Diet, Paleoanthropology Society, SAA Society for American Archaeology, 1839èmes journées scientifiques de la Société d'anthropologie de Paris, International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA)


2019 RESOLUTION: the drama between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. European Forum for Science, Research and Innovation, Dresden

2017 Did Neanderthals meet Anatomically Modern Human? The Sun and Radiocarbon will tell. Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen

2017 La datazione dei resti umani del Riparo Mezzena. Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona, Italy

2017 Neanderthal met Modern Human. The Radiocarbon prospective. The University of Tübingen, Germany

2016 Did Neanderthals meet Anatomically Modern Human? Radiocarbon vis-a-vis Rolex clock. ETH Zurich.

2016 The radiocarbon approach to Neanderthals in a carnivore den site. A well-defined chronology for Teixoneres cave (Moià, Barcelona, Spain). IPHES, Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social, Tarragona, Spain.

2014 The integrity of the Grotte du Renne (Arcy-sur-Cure, France) Châtelperronian sequence. A radiometric perspective. Amphithéâtre de l'Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris.

2012 Neanderthals Re-evaluation. Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University.

2012 Comparison of Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition sites in Central France. An accurate chronology. IPHES, Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social, Tarragona, Spain.


2011- Sampling missions for 14C dating around Europe at various archaeological sites.

2008-2009 Sampling missions for 14C dating and excavation at the Site of Le Cottés for my PhD thesis.

2004-2007 Sampling missions for 14C dating in France, Italy, Rumania, and Hungary during ESF Project of Euroclimate to extend the radiocarbon calibration by tree rings and to study climate event in the Late Glacial

2003 Sampling missions for 14C dating in Peru to establish a radiocarbon chronology of Nasca sites

1996-1998 1) Field work at Castellaro Lagusello, Verona, Italy: Director, Leone Fasani. 2) Field work at Grotte du Lazaret, Nice, France: Director, Henry De Lumley

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