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Project Related Publications

The Ancestors Project has just started! and it will be some time before new results are published. In the meantime, here are some relevant works by project members:

 

Bortolini, E., L. Pagani, G. Oxilia, C. Posth, F. Fontana, F. Badino, T. Saupe, F. Montinaro, D. Margaritora, M. Romandini, F. Lugli, A. Papini, M. Boggioni, N. Perrini, A. Oxilia, R.A. Cigliano, R. Barcelona, D. Visentin, N. Fasser, S. Arrighi, C. Figus, G. Marciani, S. Silvestrini, F. Bernardini, J.C. Menghi Sartorio, L. Fiorenza, J.M. Cecchi, C. Tuniz, T. Kivisild, F. Gianfrancesco, M. Peresani, C.L. Scheib, S. Talamo, M. D’Esposito & S. Benazzi, 2021. Early Alpine occupation backdates westward human migration in Late Glacial Europe, Current Biology 31(11).

 

Canci, A., M. A. Tafuri, G. Fornaciari, M. Cupitò, L. Salzani, 2011. Life and death in the Middle Bronze Age. The case study of the necropolis of Olmo di Nogara, Verona (Italy), American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144, 103, doi: 10.1002/ajpa.21502.

 

Colonese, A.C., R. Winter, R. Brandi, T. Fossile, R. Fernandes, S. Soncin, K. McGrath, M. Von Tersch & A.M. Bandeira, 2020. Stable isotope evidence for dietary diversification in the pre-Columbian Amazon, Scientific Reports 10(1), 1–11. 

 

Elster, E.S., E. Isetti, I. Rellini, J. Robb & M.A. Tafuri, 2017. Vedere il mondo da Scaloria, Studi di Preistoria e Protostoria - Protostoria e Protostoria della Puglia 4, 239–43.

 

Inskip, S., C.L. Scheib, A.W. Wohns, X. Ge, T. Kivisild & J. Robb, 2019. Evaluating macroscopic sex estimation methods using genetically sexed archaeological material: The medieval skeletal collection from St John’s Divinity School, Cambridge, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 168(2), 340–51.

 

Knüsel, C.J. &  J. Robb, 2016. Funerary taphonomy: An overview of goals and methods, Journal of Archaeological Science-Reports 10, 655–73.

 

Robb, J., 2019. Beyond Individual Lives: Using Comparative Osteobiography to Trace Social Patterns in Classical Italy, Bioarchaeology International 3(1), 58–77.

 

Robb, J., S. Inskip, C. Cessford, J. Dittmar, T. Kivisild, P. Mitchell, B. Mulder, T. O’Connell, M. Price, A. Rose & C. Scheib, 2019. Osteobiography: The History of the Body as Real Bottom-Line History, Bioarchaeology International 3, 16–31. 

 

Robb, J. & O.J.T. Harris, 2018. Becoming gendered in european prehistory: Was neolithic gender fundamentally different?, American Antiquity 83(1), 128–47.

 

Robb, J., 2015. Burial and Human Body Representations in the Mediterranean Neolithic, in The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe, eds. C. Fowler, J. Harding & D. Hofmann. : Oxford University Press.

 

Robb, J., E.S. Elster, E. Isetti, C.J. Knusel, M.A. Tafuri & A. Traverso, 2015. Cleaning the dead: Neolithic ritual processing of human bone at Scaloria Cave, Italy, Antiquity 89(343), 39–54.

Robb, J. & O. J. T. Harris (ed.), 2013. The Body in History: Europe From the Palaeolithic to the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Robb, J., 2007. The Early Mediterranean Village: Agency, Material Culture, and Social Change in Neolithic Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Robb, J., R. Bigazzi, L. Lazzarini, C. Scarsini & F. Sonego, 2001. Social ‘status’ and biological ‘status’: a comparison of grave goods and skeletal indicators from Pontecagnano, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 115(3), 213–22. 

 

Robb, J., 1997a. Violence and gender in early Italy, Martin, D.F.A. (ed.) Osteological and Archaeological evidence of Violence 108–41.


Robb, J., 1997b. International tooth removal in Neolithic Italian women, Antiquity 71(273), 659–69.

Saag, L., S.V. Vasilyev, L. Varul, N.V. Kosorukova, D.V. Gerasimov, S.V. Oshibkina, S.J. Griffith, A. Solnik, L. Saag, E. D’Atanasio, E. Metspalu, M. Reidla, S. Rootsi, T. Kivisild, C.L. Scheib, K. Tambets, A. Kriiska & M. Metspalu, 2021. Genetic ancestry changes in Stone to Bronze Age transition in the East European plain, Science Advances 7(4). 

 

Saag, L., L. Varul, C.L. Scheib, J. Stenderup, M.E. Allentoft, L. Saag, L. Pagani, M. Reidla, K. Tambets, E. Metspalu, A. Kriiska, E. Willerslev, T. Kivisild & M. Metspalu, 2017. Extensive Farming in Estonia Started through a Sex-Biased Migration from the Steppe, Current Biology 27(14), 2185–93.e6. 

 

Saponetti, S.S., M.A. Tafuri, T. O’Connell & J. Robb, 2017. Evidenze isotopiche e paleodieta nel Neolitico Pugliese. Verso la globalizzazione?, Studi di Preistoria e Protostoria - Protostoria e Protostoria della Puglia 4, 357–61.

 

Saupe, T., F. Montinaro, C. Scaggion, N. Carrara, T. Kivisild, E. D’Atanasio, R. Hui, A. Solnik, O. Lebrasseur, G. Larson, L. Alessandri, I. Arienzo, F. De Angelis, M.F. Rolfo, R. Skeates, L. Silvestri, J. Beckett, S. Talamo, A. Dolfini, M. Miari, M. Metspalu, S. Benazzi, C. Capelli, L. Pagani & C.L. Scheib, 2021. Ancient genomes reveal structural shifts after the arrival of Steppe-related ancestry in the Italian Peninsula, Current Biology: CB 31(12), 2576–91.e12.

 

Scheib, C.L., R. Hui, E. D’Atanasio, A.W. Wohns, S.A. Inskip, A. Rose, C. Cessford, T.C. O’Connell, J.E. Robb, C. Evans, R. Patten & T. Kivisild, 2019. East Anglian early Neolithic monument burial linked to contemporary Megaliths, Annals of Human Biology 46(2), 145–49.

 

Soncin, S., M.L. Belli & G. Manzi, 2017. The Museum of Anthropology at the Sapienza University, Rome, Nuova Museologia 37, 8–14.

 

Soncin, S., J. Hendy, C. Speller, G. Manzi & M.A. Tafuri, 2016. Diet and Health in Middle Bronze Age Italy: a metaproteomic analysis of human dental calculus in two case-studies, in IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Proceedings. Turin, Italy.

 

Tafuri, M.A., M. Rottoli, M. Cupitò, M.L. Pulcini, G. Tasca, N. Carrara, F. Bonfanti, L. Salzani & A. Canci, 2018. Estimating C4 plant consumption in Bronze Age Northeastern Italy through stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes in bone collagen, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 28(2), 131–42. 

 

Tafuri, M.A., P.D. Fullagar, T.C. O’Connell, M.G. Belcastro, P. Iacumin, C. Conati Barbaro, R. Sanseverino & J. Robb, 2016. Life and death in neolithic southeastern Italy: The strontium isotopic evidence, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 26(6), 1045–57.

 

Tafuri, M.A., 2015a. La consommation de millet en Italie à l’âge de Bronze. Le cas de Olmo di Nogara, in Messages D’os Archéométrie Du Squelette Animal et Humain, eds. B. Marie, B. Jean-Philip, D. Yannicke, G. Eva-Maria, O. Christine & R. Ina. Paris: Éditions des archives contemporaines, 376–78.

 

Tafuri, M.A., 2015b. Diet between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age in Italy: the isotopic evidence, Pathologica 107(3-4), 211–211, ISSN: 1591-951X.

 

Tafuri, M.A., O.E. Craig & A. Canci, 2009. Stable isotope evidence for the consumption of millet and other plants in Bronze Age Italy, American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139(2), 146–53.

 

Thompson, J.E., Power, R.K., Mercieca-Spiteri, B., McLaughlin, R., Robb, J., Stoddart, S. and Malone, C., Forthcoming. Reconstructing deathways at the Xaghra Circle and Xemxija Tombs through funerary taphonomy, in Temple People: Bioarchaeology, Resilience and Culture in Prehistoric Malta., ed. Stoddart, S., Power, R.K., Thompson, J. E., Mercieca-Spiteri, B., McLaughlin, R., Pace, A. and Malone, C.: Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

 

Thompson, J.E., 2020. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes: Exploring Bodies, Body Parts and Personhood in Late Neolithic Malta through Funerary Taphonomy, University of Cambridge.

 

Thompson, J.E., E.W. Parkinson, T.R. McLaughlin, R.P. Barratt, R.K. Power, B. Mercieca-Spiteri, S. Stoddart & C. Malone, 2020. Placing and remembering the dead in late Neolithic Malta: bioarchaeological and spatial analysis of the Xaghra Circle Hypogeum, Gozo, World Archaeology 52(1), 71–89.

 

Thompson, J.E., D. Martín-Vega, L.T. Buck, R.K. Power, S. Stoddart & C. Malone, 2018. Identification of dermestid beetle modification on Neolithic Maltese human bone: Implications for funerary practices at the Xemxija tombs, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 22, 123–31.

 

Traverso, A., J. Robb, E. Isetti & E.S. Elster, 2016. The Archaeology of Grotta Scaloria: Ritual in Neolithic Southeast Italy (Monumenta Archaeologica). : Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press at UCLA.

 

Varalli, A., J. Moggi-Cecchi, I. Dori, S. Boccone, S. Bortoluzzi, P. Salzani & M.A. Tafuri, 2016. Dietary continuity vs. discontinuity in Bronze Age Italy. The isotopic evidence from Arano di Cellore (Illasi, Verona, Italy), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7, 104–13.