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Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Dr Paola  Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, hosted by Dr. John Robb

Research Associate, Homerton College

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing Street


Departments and Institutes

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research:


Postgraduate teaching

2015-16 University of Cambridge

Supervisor: 2 MPhil Students.

Lecturer: Management of the Archaeological Heritage. Lectures on Inclusion and Digital Heritage.

Mentor: 7 MPhil Students

2009 Xi’an ‘Jaotong’ University

Guest Lecturer: Museum Studies. Lecture on Virtual Museums and management of cultural heritage: preserving the Western Han Dynasty.

Undergraduate teaching

2013 Stanford University

Guest Lecturer: Digital Methods in Archaeology. Lecture on Digital artefacts reproduction.

2008-12 University of California, Merced

Teaching Fellow: undergraduate teaching, supervising and examining. For the course Introduction to World Heritage I also participated in the designing of the course syllabus.

  • Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology.
  • Introduction to World Heritage.
  • Introduction to World History.
  • Introduction to Socio-cultural Anthropology.


  • Lithic Artifacts Analysis. Lecture on Three Dimensional Documentation of Artifacts. Laser scanning techniques and 3D prints.
  • Introduction to World Heritage. Modules on World Heritage and Museums Cultural Heritage Management. Lecture on Historical Perspective of World Heritage.
  • Introduction to Anthropological Archaeology. Archaeological fieldwork and the Stratigraphic Method.
  • World History. Lecture on Early Medieval Italy.

2007 University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’

Lecturer: Medieval Numismatic. Lecture on Medieval Coins, and Images of Power. Byzantines and Goths.

Distance Learning

2012 University of California, Merced

Lecturer: College Composition. Hybrid course with a combination of face-to face-lectures and online teaching. Online platforms used: SAKAI, PbWorks. Online tools for composition and peer-review: Turnitin.

Fieldwork instructor

2010 University of California Merced

Summer School in Archaeology. Archaeological Fieldwork at Çatalhöyük (Turkey).

2006 University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Archaeological Specialization School students’ training. Medieval Monastery of Tergu digging campaign. Diocese of Tempio Ampurias, Municipality of Tergu, Regional government of Sardinia.        

Key Publications

In press: Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Galeazzi, F., Vassallo, V. (eds). Authenticity and Cultural Heritage in the Age of 3D digital Reproductions. McDonald Institute Monographs.

Galeazzi, F., Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Theorising 3D visualization systems in archaeology: Towards more effective design, evaluations and life cycles. Internet Archaeology 44.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Camporesi, C., Galeazzi, F., and M. Kallman. 3D Printing and Immersive Visualization for Improved Perception of Ancient Artifacts. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. In press.

Galeazzi, F., Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., and J.L. Matthews. Digital Preservation of Ancient Artefacts.: Comparing 2D Pictures and 3D Replicas. Museum Management and Curatorship.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Matlock, T., and Matthews, J. Framing the Past: How Virtual Experience Affects Bodily Description of Artefacts. Journal of Cultural Heritage.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. “Handle” with Care: The Practice of Exhibiting Religious Objects inside Museums. 2014. Review of Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties. By Crispin Paine. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. Current Anthropology Journal, 55(6), pp. 1-2.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. & F. Galeazzi. 2013. Western Han Dynasty Mural Tombs: from the use of integrated technologies to the cybermap, in CAA 2010 (XXXVIII Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Granada, Spain, 6-9 April, 2010).  

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Galeazzi, F. & C. Camporesi. 2012. 3D Virtual Dig. A 3D Application for Teaching Fieldwork in Archaeology. Internet Archaeology.  

Galeazzi, F, Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. & N. Dell’Unto. 2010. 3D Cybermaps of Western Han Mural Tombs, in Forte, M. (ed). Cyber-Archaeology. BAR–S 2177. 97-108.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Grasping the Materiality of the Past: Digital Archaeology in Lower-Division Courses. 2010. Creating Academic Community for First-Generation College Students. A Graduate Students Instructor Guidebook. The Berkeley Electronic Press.

Forte, M., Dell’Unto, N. Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Galeazzi, F. Liuzza , C. & S. Pescarin. 2010. The Virtual Museum of the Western Han Dynasty: 3D Documentation and Interpretation, in Campana , S.  Forte, M. and C. Liuzza (eds), Space, Time, Place. Third International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, 17th-21st August 2009, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. BAR S 2118. 195-199.

Other Publications

Edited Books

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. & M. Valesi (eds). 2013. From Monadism to Nomadism: A Hybrid Approach to Cultural productions. Proceedings of the First CRHA Graduate Students Conference (Merced, April 12-13, 2013). Copyright @ 2010 the Berkeley Electronic Press. hgradstud.

Articles and Book Chapters

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Insediamenti e territorio. Valle Nepesina. 2012. Insediamenti rupestri di età medievale: l'organizzazione dello spazio nella mappatura dell'abitato. Italia centrale e meridionale. II Convegno Nazionale di Studi sugli Abitati Rupestri (Castello Orsini Vasanello (VT), (24 – 25 ottobre 2009). 241-250. 

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. & S. Orazi. 2008. Insediamenti fortificati e abitati rupestri: il caso di Torre dell’Isola. De Minicis, E. (ed.), Insediamenti rupestri di età medievale: abitazioni e strutture produttive. Italia centrale e meridionale. 345-445.

Desiderio, V. Dal Miglio, P. Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Fiordiponti, T. Giannini, N. Orazi, S. & R. Tozzi. 2008. Metodologie di approccio allo studio degli abitati rupestri medievali nel Lazio. Uomo e territorio: dinamiche di popolamento e sfruttamento delle risorse nell’antichità. National Congress of Young Archaeologists (Sassari, 27-30 September 2006). 492-500.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. 2005. L’abitato rupestre di Torre dell’Isola, in Il Tesoro delle città strenna dell’Associazione Storia della Città, 2 (2005), Kappa. 702-22.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. & S. Orazi. 2004. L’insediamento di Torre dell’Isola: l’abitato rupestre. Bollettino di Studi Vetrallesi, 13 (January-December 2004). 33-41.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P. Guerrini, P. & S. Orazi. 2003. Trasformazione dell’insediamento rurale nel territorio dell’Umbria: il caso delle villae. Alcune considerazioni. Ermini Pani, L. I Longobardi dei ducati di Spoleto e Benevento. pp. 1377-1419.