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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

PhD in African Studies, University of Naples L'Orientale BA and MA (combined) in Archaeology, Sapienza University of Rome

Research

I am a research fellow currently working on the Archaeological deep history and dynamics of Mediterranean Africa, ca. 9600-700 BC’ Leverhulme funded project, and I have recently completed the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ‘AGRINA - Human transitional pathways towards food production in North Africa’ project. Since finishing my PhD at the University of Naples L’Orientale in which I focused on the exploitation of plant resources by Holocene groups in the Eastern Sahara, my research has mainly focused on human adaptations to the environment and on the emergence of food production in the area between the Sahara and the southern Mediterranean coast. I have carried out extensive fieldwork in Egypt and Libya, co-directing the Farafra Archaeological Project, Egypt and taking part in some of the most innovative archaeological projects underway in North Africa, e.g. the Cyrenaican Prehistory Project. I am particularly interested in the study of material culture, especially lithic production and function, and how artefact assemblages reflect possible socio-economic change and a modification in the human-environment interaction. A further interest is concerned with the study and preservation of Saharan rock art sites. I am also experienced in archaeological heritage awareness and have taken part and helped develop training programmes for the local communities in which I have undertaken fieldwork.

Major Projects Involvement

 PI / Direction

Senior Membership

  • 2016 - to date Neo-Innova: The diffusion of Neolithic in the Central-Western Mediterranean: agriculture, technological innovations and radiocarbon dating (HAR2016-75201-P). Director: Juan Francisco Gibaja Bao (CSIC, Institución Milá y Fontanals, Barcelona). http://neoinnova.blogspot.co.uk/
  • 2015 - to date Imbaba Governorate Prehistoric Survey (Egypt). Director: Joanne Rowland (The University of Edinburgh). In charge of the study of lithic artefacts and macro stone tools. https://www.ees.ac.uk/imbaba
  • 2015 - to date Keros Island Survey (Greece). Co-Directors: Colin Renfrew (University of Cambridge), Marisa Marthari (Greek Archaeological Service) & Aikaterini Dellaporta (Greek Archaeological Service). In charge of the study of macro stone tools
  • 2015 - to date Must Farm (UK). Director: Mark Knight (Cambridge Archaeological Unit). In charge of the study of the ground tool use-wear. http://www.mustfarm.com/
  • 2012 - to date Archaeological Project in the Egyptian Eastern Desert. Co-Directors: Irene Bragantini (University of Naples L’Orientale) & Rosanna Pirelli (University of Naples L’Orientale). In charge of the study of prehistoric sites
  • 2010-2014 Cyrenaica Prehistoric Project (Libya). Director: Graeme Barker (University of Cambridge. In charge of the study of Capsian and Neolithic lithic complexes
  • 2007 - to date Archaeological Project at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis (Egypt). Co-Directors: Rodolfo Fattovich (University of Naples L’Orientale – Italian Institute for Africa and the East) & Kathryn Bard (Boston University). In charge of the study of lithic complexes
  • 1998-2010 Joint Archaeological Project in the Gebel Gharbi (Libya): Co-Directors: Cecilia Conati Barbaro (Sapienza University of Rome) & Elena Garcea (University of Cassino). In charge of the study of the Holocene contexts

Publications

Other publications: 

Edited Books

  • Lucarini, G. (ed.) (2016) The Neolithic from the Sahara to the Southern Mediterranean coast: A review of the most recent research. Quaternary International 410, Part A.
  • Panunzi, B. (2015) I luoghi e gli uomini. Riflessioni e appunti di storia, arte e archeologia. Lucarini, G. (ed.). Manziana: Vecchiarelli Editore.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.). (2014) From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.

Refereed Journals / Articles

  • Lucarini, G., Hunt, C., Hill, E., Simpson, D., Barker, G. (in preparation) The Neolithic and the transition from foraging to farming in North Africa. Quaternary Science Review.
  • Lucarini, G. (2016) Editorial: The Neolithic from the Sahara to the southern Mediterranean coast: A review of the most recent research. Quaternary International 410, Part A: 2-5.
  • Lucarini, G., Radini, A., Barton, H., Barker, G. (2016) The exploitation of wild plants in Neolithic North Africa. Use-wear and residue analysis on non-knapped stone tools from the Haua Fteah cave, Cyrenaica, Libya. Quaternary International 410, Part A: 77-92.
  • Tomassetti, M.C., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A., Macchia, A., Mutri, G., Barich, B.E. (2016) Preservation and restoration of the Wadi Sura Caves in the framework of the ‘Gilf Kebir National Park’, Egypt. International Journal of Conservation Science 7, 2: 913-934. http://www.ijcs.uaic.ro/public/IJCS-16-SI2_12_Tomassetti.pdf
  • Hill, E., Hunt, C.O., Lucarini, G., Mutri, G., Farr L., Barker, G. (2015) Land gastropod piercing during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene in the Haua Fteah, Libya. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4: 320-5.
  • Mason, J.P., Lucarini, G. (2015) Mid-Holocene bifacial tradition evidenced in Augila Oasis, Cyrenaica, Libya. Libyan Studies, 46: 7-13.
  • Hamdan, M.A., Lucarini, G. (2013) Holocene paleoenvironmental, paleoclimatic and geoarchaeological significance of the Sheikh El-Obeiyid area (Farafra Oasis, Egypt). Quaternary International 302: 154-68.
  • Lucarini, G. (2013) Was a transition to food production homogeneous along the circum-Mediterranean littoral? A perspective on the Neolithisation research from the Libyan littoral. In: Shirai, N. (ed.), Neolithisation of Northeastern Africa. Studies in Early Near Eastern Production, Subsistence, and Environment, vol. 16: 149-74. Berlin: ex oriente.
  • Barca, D., Lucarini, G., Fedele, F.G. (2012) Provenance of Obsidian Artefacts from the Wādī ath-Thayyilah 3 Neolithic Site (Eastern Yemen Plateau) by LA_ICP_MS. Archaeometry 54, 4: 603-22.
  • Barker, G., Bennett, P., Farr, L., Hill, E., Hunt, C., Lucarini, G., Morales, J., Mutri, G., Prendergast, A., Pryor, A., Rabett, R., Reynolds, T., Spry-Marques, P., Twati, M. (2012) The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2012: the Fifth Season of Investigations of the Haua Fteah Cave. Libyan Studies 43: 115-36.
  • Lucarini, G. (2011) Il paesaggio antico di Sheikh El Obeiyid (Farafra). La playa e il villaggio tra tecnologia e aspetti simbolici. Scienze dell’Antichità. Storia, Archeologia, Antropologia, 17: 41-55.
  • Barker, G., Antoniadou, A., Armitage, S., Brooks, I., Candy, I., Connell, K., Douka, K., Drake, N., Farr, L., Hill, E., Hunt, C., Inglis, R., Jones, S., Lane, C., Lucarini, G., Meneely, J., Morales, J., Mutri, G., Prendergast, A., Rabett, R. Reade, H., Reynolds, T., Russell, N., Simpson, D., Smith, B., Stimpson, C., Twati, M., White, K. (2010) The Cyrenaican Prehistory Project 2010: the Fourth Season of Investigations of the Haua Fteah Cave and Its Landscape, and Further Results from the 2007-2009 Fieldwork. Libyan Studies 41: 63-88. 
  • Fabiani, U., Lucarini, G. (2010) Spatial Research and Geomatic Resources Applied to the Archaeology of the Farafra Oasis (Western Desert, Egypt). Rivista di Scienze Preistoriche 57: 335-51.
  • Lucarini, G., Mutri, G. (2010) Site Sj-00-56: Débitage Analysis and Functional Interpretation of a Later Stone Age Campsite of Jebel Gharbi (Libya). Human Evolution 25, n° 1-2: 155-65.
  • Lucarini, G. (2009) Percorsi tra la Montagna e il Mare. Nuovi Dati sui Complessi Olocenici della Pianura della Gefara (Libia). Africa 64, 3-4: 433-47.
  • Mutri, G., Lucarini, G. (2008) New data on the Late Pleistocene of the Shakshuk area, Jebel Gharbi, Libya. African Archaeological Review 25: 99-107.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2005) L’interazione pastori/agricoltori e le dinamiche del Deserto Occidentale Egiziano. Origini 27: 51-77.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2004-2005) Gli ultimi cacciatori e l’origine dei siti pastorali nel Jebel Gharbi (Libia). Scienze dell’Antichità. Storia, Archeologia, Antropologia 12: 405-13.
  • Munzi, M., Felici, F., Cifani, G., Cirelli, E., Gaudiosi, E., Lucarini, G., Matug J. (2003) A Topographic Research Sample in the Territory of Lepcis Magna: Sīlīn. Libyan Studies 35: 11-66.
  • Munzi, M., Felici, F., Cifani, G., Lucarini, G. (2004-2005) Leptis Magna: città e campagna dall’origine alla scomparsa del sistema sedentario antico. Scienze dell’Antichità. Storia, Archeologia, Antropologia 12: 433-71.

 

Book Chapters

  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Tomassetti, C. (in press) Discovering, interpreting, protecting: The caves of Farafra and Gilf Kebir, Western Desert, Egypt. In: De Trafford, A., Tassie, G.J., van Wetering, J. & El Daly, O. (eds.), A River Runs Through It: Studies in Honour of Fekri A. Hassan. London: Golden House Publications.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2014) Social dynamics in Northern Farafra from the middle to late Holocene: changing life under uncertainty. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 467-84. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2014) The Hidden Valley technological complex - An overview. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 321-9. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G. (2014) Exploitation and management of wild grasses at Hidden Valley, Farafra Oasis. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 345-67. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G. (2014) Large stone tools from the Hidden Valley Village and basin. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 285-99. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G. (2014) The bifacial products from Hidden Valley and neighbouring areas in Wadi el Obeiyid. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 265-83. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G. (2014) The excavated artefacts from Sectors B/4, D/2, E/1 at Hidden Valley (2003 and 2005 field seasons). In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 251-64. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G., Mariotti, E. (2014) The Boats Arch: A new rock art site in Wadi el Obeiyid. In: Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Hamdan, M.A. & Hassan, F.A. (eds.), From Lake to Sand. The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt: 406-10. Florence: All’Insegna del Giglio.
  • Lucarini, G., Mutri, G. (2014). Microlithism and Landscape Exploitation along the Cyrenaican Coast between the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene: A Matter of Continuity. Boyle, C., Rabett, R. & Hunt, C. (eds.), Living in the Landscape: Essays in Honour of Graeme Barker. McDonald Institute Monographs: 109-20. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  • Schörle, K., Lucarini, G. (2014). Évolution et dynamiques d’occupation du littoral tripolitain (Libye). In: Mercuri, L., González Villaescusa, R. & Bertoncello, F. (eds.), Implantations Humaines en Milieu Littoral Méditerranéen: facteurs d’installation et processus d’appropriation de l’espace (Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge). XXXIVe recontres internationales d’archéologie et d’histoire d’Antibes, 205-14. Antibes: Éditions APDCA.
  • Barich, B.E., Crespi, M., Fabiani, U., Lucarini, G. (2012) Geomatic Resources for Archaeological Survey in Desert Areas - Some Prospects from Farafra Oasis. In: Bagnall, R.S., Davoli, P. & Hope, C.A. (eds.), The Oasis Papers 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, 49-59. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Gallinaro, M., Hamdan, M.A. (2012) Sheikh/Bir El Obeiyid: Evidence of Sedentism in the Northern Farafra Depression (Western Desert, Egypt). In: Kabaciński, J., Chłodnicki, M. & Kobusiewicz M. (eds.), Prehistory of Northeastern Africa New Ideas and Discoveries. Studies in African Archaeology 11: 255-78. Poznań: Poznań Archaeological Museum.
  • Lucarini, G. (2012) Early Craftsmen of the Desert. Traces of Predynastic Lithic Technology at Farafra during the Mi-Holocene. In: Bagnall, R.S., Davoli, P. & Hope, C.A. (eds.), The Oasis Papers 6: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the Dakhleh Oasis Project, 87-98. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  •  Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G., Mutri G., Hamdan M.A. (2010) Oasi di Farafra. L’indagine archeologica nel Wadi el Obeiyid. Campagne di scavo 2008-2009. In: Pirelli, R. (ed.), Ricerche Italiane e Scavi in Egitto IV: 23-40. Cairo: Italian Archaeological Centre.
  •  Barich, B.E., Crespi, M., Fabiani, U., Lucarini, G. (2009) Tecniche geomatiche applicate alla ricerca archeologica in ambienti desertici: il caso della Missione Archeologica Italiana nell’Oasi di Farafra (Egitto). Proceedings of the 13° ASITA Conference, 275-80. Bari (Italy), December 2009.
  •  Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2009) Oasi di Farafra. Un quadro delle più recenti ricerche. Campagne di scavo 2006-2007. Ricerche Italiane e Scavi in Egitto, III: 9-22. Cairo: Italian Archaeological Centre.
  •  Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2008) The Nile Valley Seen from the Oases. The Contribution of Farafra. In: Midant-Reynes, B. & Tristant, Y. (eds.) Egypt at its Origins 2, 569-84. Leuven: Peeters.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2008) Harvesting Techniques in the Late Neolithic and Predynastic Egypt – Contributions from Experimental Archaeology. In: Midant-Reynes, B. & Tristant, Y. (eds.) Egypt at its Origins 2, 443-62. Leuven: Peeters.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2007) Lithics and Grinding Stones. In: Bard, K. & Fattovich, R. (eds.), Harbor of the Pharaohs to the Land of Punt. Archaeological Investigations at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis. Egypt, 2001-2005, 196-212. Naples: University of Naples L'Orientale.
  •  Hamdan M.A., Hassan F.A. Barich B.E., Lucarini G., Gallinaro M. (2006) Geoarchaeology of the Holocene Bahr Playa, Farafra Depression: Season 2004. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Geology of the Arab World (GAW 8). Volume 1. Borderless Geology. Cairo (Egypt), 13th-16th February 2006, 351-61, Cairo: Cairo University Press.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2006) The Use and Exploitation of Plants at Farafra Oasis. In: Kroeper, K., Chłodnicki, M. & Kobusiewicz, M. (eds.), Archaeology of the Early Northeastern Africa. In Memory of Lech Krzyżaniak, 463-78. Poznan: Poznan Archaeological Museum.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Gebel Akhdar. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 66-7. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Hagfet et Tera. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 74-5. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Isniano. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 79-80. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Merimde Beni Salama. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 101-2. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Minshat Abu Omar. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 263-4. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) (El) Omari. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 110. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Qadiano. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 113-4. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Qaruniano. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 114-5. Rome: Treccani.
  •  Lucarini, G. (2005) Wadi Kubbaniya. Enciclopedia Archeologica Volume V, Africa, 135-6. Rome: Treccani.

 

Non-Refereed Journals

  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini G., Mutri G. (2016) Libyan-Italian Joint Mission in the Jebel Gharbi (Tripolitania). The Holocene sequence of the Jifarah Plain. Libya Antiqua, New Series 8: 145-60.
  • Barich, B.E., Garcea E.A.A., Giraudi C., Lucarini G., Mutri G. (2010) The Latest Research in the Jebel Gharbi (Northern Libya): Environment and Cultures from MSA to LSA and the First Neolithic Findings. Libya Antiqua, New Series 5: 237-52.
  • Gallinaro, M., Laurenza, S., Lucarini, G. (2004) From Landscape to Site: a GIS for the Study of the Spatial-Chronological Changes in the Farafra Oasis. Nyame Akuma 61 
  • Barich, B.E., Lucarini, G. (2002) Archaeology of Farafra Oasis Western Desert, Egypt – A Survey of the Most Recent Research. ArchéoNil 12: 101-8.

 

Contributions to Public Media

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

I am a fixed-term lecturer at Addis Ababa University, where I am currently running the African Archaeology course. This includes classes in environments and human adaptations in North and East Africa during Pleistocene and Holocene, and practicals in lithic technology and functional analysis.

At Cambridge, I have given lectures and practicals for the Egyptian Archaeology course and I am currently one of the coordinators of the ARC33-African Archaeology course.

In 2012 I was awarded the National Scientific Certificate in Archaeology from the Italian Ministry of Research, which is a qualification that recognises excellence in teaching and the eligibility to assume the role of Associate Professor within the Italian University system.

Job Titles

Leverhulme Research Associate
Bye-Fellow St Edmund's College

General Info

Available for consultancy

Contact Details

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Downing street
West Building, Office 3.1
Cambridge
CB2 3ER
(0)7463719292

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Material Culture
Evolution
Prehistory
GIS
hunter-gatherer behavioural ecology
Egypt
the origins of agriculture and sedentary societies
Africa
Environmental reconstruction
The Mediterranean
the Pleistocene-Holocene transition
bioarchaeology
Migration and Mobility
Agriculture
Archaeology
Landscape
evolutionary ecology