Professor Aurelio Burgio (University of Palermo)
Since 2004 he is Lecturer of Ancient Topography at the University of Palermo, Associate Professor since 2015, and member of the Academic Board of PhD in Cultural Heritage Science. Currently he is scientific coordinator of the University of Palermo archaeological missions in Alesa (survey and excavations, since 1993), Cignana (survey, since 2007), Terravecchia di Cuti (intra-site survey and excavation, since 2013), Mozia (since 2017-2018) and Tell Shiyuk Tahtani (Italian Euphrate Mission, Syria, since 2017), and also co-director of the archaeological missions in Agrigento (urban landscape survey project), S. Marina (excavation of a Roman farm), and Baucina (excavation of a Greek necropolis). The focus of his research is Landscape Archaeology and the methodological approach to the survey. The research is focused on the understanding of past landscapes, from prehistory to the present day with particular attention on Archaic/Classical Ages and on Late Antiquity. A particular topic is the application of technologies (GIS, GPS, remote sensing) to detection and reconstruction of archaeological features, contexts and landscapes.
Professor Lorenzo Campagna (University of Messina)
Tenured Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at the ‘Dipartimento di civiltà antiche e moderne’ of the University of Messina. His research is on Hellenism and Imperial Age with a focus on Sicily, Greece and Asia Minor. He is director of the excavations at Villa San Pancrazio, in Taormina (ME), and of Tempio A (of Apollo) in Halaesa (Tusa, ME); member of the Italian Archaological Mission at Phrygian city of Hierapolis (Turkey) and of the Skotoussa Project (Greece). In addition to researching on the material culture, his study has been to define the chronological limits of Hellenism in Sicily in the period between the reign of Hieron II and the first centuries of Roman rule. It has a wide and varied scientific production in international journals.
Professor Maria Beatriz Borba Florenzano (LABECA-MAE-USP)
Graduated in History (1973), she holds a master’s degree in social sciences (1978) and a PhD in Social Anthropology (1986) at the University of São Paulo. Professor of Classical Archeology at the USP Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, of which she was Director from 2010 to 2014. She was a Parker Visiting Scholar at the Center for Old World Archeology and Art, Brown University, USA (1988); Visiting Professor at the Center for Old World Archeology and Art, Brown University, United States of America (First Term, 1994); Kraay Fellow in the Ashmolean Museum Coin Cabinet, Oxford (2003) and completed two post-doctoral degrees at the Université Catholique de Louvain La Neuve, Belgium (1991 and 1997). He has experience in the field of archeology, with particular attention to classical archeology, working mainly in the following areas: classical archeology, ancient numismatics, ancient monetary iconography, currency as an instrument of exchange and value in antiquity, organization of space and society in Ancient Greece. General Coordinator of LABECA, Laboratory of Studies on Ancient Cities, located at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo (MAE-USP), national reference in archaeological studies of ancient Greece.
Leonardo Fuduli, PhD (LABECA-MAE-USP)
Graduated in Classical Literature at the University of Messina (2004), he specialized in Classical and Medieval Archeology at the school “D. Adamesteanu “, University of Salento – Lecce (2008), and holds a doctorate in Archaeology at the University of Messina. In his first post-doctorate, at the University of Thessaly (Volos), he worked on the Hellenistic architectural decoration of Nea Paphos – Cyprus. Currently he conducts postdoctoral research on the spolia in Sicily at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (USP) and he is one of the Labeca researchers. He is a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Nea Paphos and he mainly deals with Greek and Roman architecture, Hellenistic and imperial architectural decoration, reuse of spolia in particular in Sicily and Cyprus.
Professor Elaine Farias Veloso Hirata (LABECA-MAE-USP)
Graduated in History (1971), she holds master’s degree in social sciences (1978) and PhD in Social Anthropology (1987) at the University of São Paulo, with a thesis on the female protomes of Gela. Ordinary Professor of Classical Archeology at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of USP and principal researcher at the Labeca. His research focuses mainly on religious space in the Greek world, religion and political power in ancient Greece. In the project “Territory, contact and identity in the Greek West (VIII-V centuries BC): an archaeological approach” (2010-2016), of which she was co-ordinator, she dealt with Sicily and the relationship between Greeks and non-Greeks, with a special focus on the cases of the cities of Syracuse, Gela, Morgantina, Megara Iblea and Selinunte. She also works on educational projects related to Archaeology.
Viviana Lo Monaco, PhD (LABECA-MAE-USP)
She graduated in Classical Literature at the University of Catania (2004) and specialized in Classical Archeology at the “Paolo Orsi” School of Archeology (Siracusa, UNICT) (2010). PhD in Archeology at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo (2018), with a thesis on ancient native towns of central Sicily during Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic period. She taught Greek, Latin and Italian language and literature, ancient history and Greek and Roman Numismatics. She has participated in archaeological excavations in Brazil and abroad and in projects for the study, cataloging and publication of Greek and Roman coins in Italy and Brazil. She has experience in archaeological survey activities using non-invasive techniques, remote sensing and GIS. In archeology of Sicily she works in the following areas: Greek and Roman Numismatics, relationship between Greeks and non-Greeks in the archaic and classical age, Landscape Archeology, Ancient Topography.
Ferdinando Maurici, PhD (Assessorato ai BBCC e all’Identità siciliana)
He is a senior official of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian identity of the Sicilian Region at the Regional Center for inventory, cataloging and graphic, photographic and audiovisual documentation. Researcher with an international profile, he is trained in prestigious foreign research institutes, such as a PhD in Christian archeology at the Universidad Central de Barcelona and an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship at the University of Bamberg. Today he is one of the major experts of the Middle Ages in Sicily and a pioneer in research on the Norman and Swabian period, in particular on the fortification. He has held many teaching assignments at the University of Bologna and at the Free University of Santa Maria Assunta. Within the public administration, he has directed numerous research and archaeological excavation projects. He is the author of several monographs and publications in international journals.
Francesco Muscolino, PhD (Parco Archeoleologico di Pompei)
He is currently an archaeological official of “Ministero dei Beni and delle Attività culturali”. He worked at the Archaeological Superintendence of Milan and is now officer in charge of the Stabia Excavation Office, “Parco Archeologico di Pompei”. He has had numerous teaching assignments at the University of Catania and Milan. Within the public administration he has carried out significant activities of protection and scientific research as director of the archaeological area and of the “Antiquarium del Castrum di Castelseprio” and responsible archaeologist of Regio VIII of Pompeii’s excavations. He has worked on the preparation of various museum contexts and exhibitions. His research activity in Mediterranean area includes studies of Sicily, Cyprus, Pompeii and Lombardy. He published several contributions in international journals on the topics of Classical and Hellenistic Greek pottery, epigraphy and history of archaeological research.
Professor Maria Cristina Nicolau Kormikiari Passos (LABECA-MAE-USP)
Graduated in History at the University of São Paulo (1989), she holds a master’s degree in Archeology from the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo (1995), with a dissertation on Punic coins, and a Ph.D. in Archeology at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo (2001), with a thesis in Berber numismatics (North African). She has a post-doctorate in space Archaeology (North Africa organization of social research), at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo, with internships at the Camille Julian Center, of Université de Provence, in Aix -en-Provence, in France. She worked in the excavation team at Brown University in Corfu, Greece, between 1996 and 1999 and was a field supervisor in the excavations of the Roman-Castrejo Tongobriga site in Portugal between 2004 and 2005. She currently teaches Classical Archeology at the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology of the University of São Paulo and researcher in the Laboratory of Studies on the Ancient City (Labeca/MAE/USP). She has experience in archeology in the following areas: History of Archeology, Carthage, North Africa Berber, Numismatics, Iconography and space Archeology, Landscape Archeology.
Professor Monika Trümper Ritter (Frei Universität Berlin)
Currently Full Professor of Classical Archeology at the Frei Universität Berlin, she has been Tenured Associate Professor of Classical Archeology at the Department of Classics of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also held research positions at prestigious international research institutes such as the University of Heildeberg and Harvard. Her research ranges in various areas of the ancient world from Hellenistic architecture, in particular on baths and gymnasia to slavery in Antiquity. She directs the excavations of public baths and of the sanctuary of Demetra in Morgantina (Sicily) and of the public baths of Pompeii and Stabia (Sicily). Her vast scientific production enumerates several contributions in prestigious trade magazines and participation in international conferences.