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Savino di Lernia, Direttore della Missione

Savino di Lernia, right, with Viviano Domenici in Takarkori

The main research topics are: Prehistoric Archaeology; Ethnoarchaeology; Funerary Archaeology; Social and cultural trajectories in Africa. University qualification and history positions can be listed as follows:
- December 1989. ‘Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia’, section of Prehistory, at the Faculty of Lettere e Filosofia of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
- PhD in Archaeology (Prehistory) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” awarded on 16/06/1997, with a dissertation on the “Condizioni culturali e forme di adattamento prima della produzione del cibo: i massicci centrali Sahariani nell’antico Olocene (10000-7500 bp) ”.
- Since October 1998 Researcher at the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Faculty of Scienze Umanistiche (former Lettere e Filosofia) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
- Since 2002 Professor for the course of Ethnoarchaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

He took part to a number of excavations and fieldwork activity, in Italy and abroad. In Africa, fieldwork concentrated in Libya and Sudan, in the region of Khartoum (mission directed by Isabella Caneva); ethnographic research performed in Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, and Western Sahara.
Since 1990 member or the Italo-Libyan Mission in the Fezzan, and I have directed excavations in the Acacus and the Messak. Since 2003 he is director of the Italo-Libyan Mission in the Acacus and Messak.

Since 2002 he is co-director of the Italo-English Mission in Western Sahara, within a collaborative project between the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, the University of East Anglia, and Kings College in London.
He was awarded a number of Scholarships and funding for the attendance to conferences and seminars (Bordeaux, Sardinia, Macerata, Perigord, Tuscany) from different Institutes and Universities (University of Bordeaux, Milan, Rome, Siena; CNR, Ministero dei Beni Culturali e Ambientali, Italo-African Institute, Centro Studi di Archeologia Africana in Milan).
He attended numerous conferences and congresses in Italy and abroad; member of the Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana, the Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria, the Sahara Studies Programme, the CIRSA (Centro di Ricerca Internuniversitario sulle Civiltà e l’Ambiente del Sahara Antico e delle Zone Aride).

Member of the editorial board of several Journals such as Origini, Libya Antiqua, Journal of African Archaeology; part of the panel of referees for the African Archaeological Review and the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. He is scientific consultant for the National Geographic Magazine.
Since 1992 he is engaged in teaching for different seminars, courses and practical lessons within the course of Etnografia Preistorica dell’Africa and Preistoria e Protostoria del Vicino e Medio Oriente at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Since 2002 Professor of Ethnoarchaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He organised several international workshops and exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Supervisor of planning and exhibition of the section of prehistory of the Archaeological Museum in Germa (Libya). He published more than 90 articles, mainly for international journals and edited 6 volumes related to the activity of the Italo-Libyan Mission.

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Mauro Cremaschi, Vice-Direttore della Missione

The main research interests consist of Geoarchaeology, Quaternary Geology, Soil Science. University qualification and history positions can be listed as follows:

- 1976 Degree in Geology at the Parma University.
- 1976-1984 Assistant at the Natural History Museum of Reggio Emilia.
- 1984-1988 Researcher at the Centro di Studio C.N.R. Geodinamica Alpina e Quaternaria of Milan.
- 1987 Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam defending a thesis on ‘Paleosols and Vetusols in the Po plain (Northern Italy). A study in Quaternary Geology and soil Development.
- 1988-1994 Associate professor of Pedology at the University of Milan.
- Since 1994 Associate professor of Quaternary Geology at the University of Milan.

Mauro Cremaschi is involved in several research projects of both in Italy and abroad:
- Director of a project on survey of Terramare (Bronze age villages in Northern Italy) in the frame of the Progetto Finalizzato CNR Beni culturali.
- Co-Director, since 15 years, of the archaeological excavation in the S. Rosa Terramara (Po plain - Northern Italy).
- Co-Director of the excavation in the Fumane Shelter (Verona - Northern Italy) including a Upper Pleistocene stratigraphic sequence.
- Responsible of research project on loess and aeolian deposits in the Central Mediterranean, funded by CNR CSGAQ of Milan.
- Field director and responsible of palaeoenvironmental research of the Italo-Libyan Joint mission on the Prehistory of the Southern Fezzan ( Libya).
- Responsible for the paleoenvironmental researches of the Italian mission in the Dophar (Sultanate of Oman).

Mauro Cremaschi published more than 100 papers in Italian and international journals and he is the author and the editor of three monographs.

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Mario Liverani, left, with Mauro Cremaschi in Messak Settafett

Mario Liverani, Direttore del Cirsa

Full Professor of “History of the Ancient Near East” in the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, former Director of the Mission in the Acacus and Messak (1997-2002); presently Director of the “Inter-University Center for Arid Lands” in the same University. Member of the Academia Europaea; honorary member of the American Oriental Society; doctor honoris causa in the University of Copenhagen. He took part in ca. 30 archaeological campaigns in Syria (Tell Mardikh, Tell ‘Ashara, Tell Mozan), Turkey (Arslantepe, Kurban Huyuk), Yemen (Baraqish) and Libya (Aghram Nadharif). He organized many research programs and scientific conferences. He is author of 15 book and ca. 180 articles in scientific journals.



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