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Annapaola Passerini


Annapaola is a PhD student in archaeological anthropology. She came to Cornell after obtaining her BA and MA degree in archaeology from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). In addition, she received training in archaeological science at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), for which she received a 9-month fellowship sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her interests lie in the use of scientific chronology as a tool to elaborate on the formulation of archaeological cultures, typically seen as the dynamic relationship between people and various material markers.

Her doctoral research focuses on the reconstruction of the cultural history of the 4th and 3rd millennium in the Southern Caucasus through the analysis of its associated radiocarbon record, with particular regards to archaeological sites and materials referring to the Early Bronze Age “Kura-Araxes” horizon. More specifically, she aims at highlighting the issues and complexities of cultural-historical chronologies via the use of Bayesian modelling by integrating scientific (radiocarbon) and archaeological (material seriation) dating methods.



Early Bronze Age Southern Caucasus, archaeological chronology, radiocarbon dating, Bayesian analysis


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology Program