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Fabio Saccoccio

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

2021-2024: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham

2020-2022: Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Nottingham.

2016-2020: PhD in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham, fully funded by the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (European Union). Thesis: Atestine identities in the Iron Age Veneto, north-east Italy (9th-1st cent. BC); supervisor: Prof. Mark Pearce, advisor: Dr Chrysanthi Gallou.

2019: University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Andrew Hendry PG Prize.

2015-2019: peer-reviewer and editorial board member, IJSRA (International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology).

2011-2016: collaborator of the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Province di Frosinone, Latina e Rieti (Italian Heritage Office) in central Italy.

2011-2015: Laurea Magistrale (MA) in Archaeology at La Sapienza University of Rome: 110/110 cum laude (full marks). Dissertation: Il central place di Gazzo Veronese (VR) tra Bronzo finale ed età del Ferro: studio tipo-cronologico delle evidenze provenienti dalle indagini del 1981; supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Vanzetti, advisor: Dr Luciano Salzani.

2007-2011: Laurea Triennale (BA) in Archaeological Sciences at La Sapienza University of Rome: 110/110 cum laude (full maks). Dissertation: I campi fossili di Gricignano d'Aversa U.S. Navy: forme, estensioni ed orientamenti; supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Vanzetti.

Expertise Summary

I specialise in Later European Prehistory and my areas of expertise are:

- Identity

- GIS and territorial analysis

- Human, volcanic and climate impact on prehistoric landscapes

- The Bronze and Iron Ages of the Veneto (NE Italy)

- The Copper and Bronze Ages of Campania (southern Italy)

- The Iron Age and Romanization of northern Italy, with a focus on the Cenomanic Gauls

Teaching Summary

Spring term (2022):

- Seminar leader for the Module CLAR3007 - Rome and the Mediterranean (2nd and 3rd year), module convenor: Prof. Will Bowden.

This module will examine the archaeological evidence for the Roman period in Italy and the Mediterranean from c. 300 BC to c. AD 550. It explores this in the context of the major social, cultural and economic changes of the region in this period and in the context of wider historical and archaeological approaches to the Mediterranean. It also examines the different and unequal ways in which Rome, the imperial authorities and local populations adapted to one another. It is aimed in particular at developing students' skills in finding, using and understanding source material.

Previous teaching responsibilities

February - April 2019: eight practicals and one lecture for the module 'Understanding the Past: Introduction to Archaeology' at the University of Nottingham (CLAR1012); module convenor: Dr Jon Henderson.

January 2019: marking for the module 'The Living and the Dead' at the University of Nottingham (CLAR1018); module convenor: Dr Chrysanthi Gallou.

February - March 2018: eight practicals for the module 'Understanding the Past: Introduction to Archaeology' at the University of Nottingham (V61ARC/V61100); module convenor: Dr Hannah O'Regan.

October - November 2017: two lectures for the module 'Understanding the Past: Introduction to Archaeology' at the University of Nottingham (V61ARC/V61100); module convenor: Dr Hannah O'Regan.

December 2015: one lecture for the special subject module 'Preistoria del Cibo' at the University of Rome 3; module convenor: Prof. Alessandro Guidi.

Research Summary

My current research focuses on the Cenomani, a Gaulish group who invaded northern Italy some time after the 600 BC. According to the ancient written sources, the Cenomani came from Gaul, invaded… read more

Recent Publications

  • SACCOCCIO, F., 2021. The Prehistoric Agrarian Management Pattern in the Volcanic Landscape of the Campanian Plain, Southern Italy. In: ARNOLDUSSEN, S., JOHNSTON, R. and LØVSCHAL, M., eds., Europe's Early Fieldscapes : Archaeologies of Prehistoric Land Allotment Springer Publishing Company. 209-224
  • SACCOCCIO, F., MARZOCCHELLA, A. and VANZETTI, A., 2021. I campi fossili di Gricignano d’Aversa U.S. Navy: sfruttamento e impatto umano in Pianura Campana nel Bronzo Antico. In: DAMIANI, I., CAZZELLA, A. and COPAT, V., eds., Preistoria del cibo: L'alimentazione nella preistoria e nella protostoria Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria. 241-252
  • SACCOCCIO, F., 2021. Biographies of Situla Art objects recycled as ex-votos between the Adige and Inn valleys (NE Italy and west Austria). In: WEIDINGER, A. and LESKOVAR, J., eds., Interpretierte Eisenzeiten. Fallstudien, Methoden, Theorie. Tagungsbeiträge der 9. Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. 53-74

Current Research

My current research focuses on the Cenomani, a Gaulish group who invaded northern Italy some time after the 600 BC. According to the ancient written sources, the Cenomani came from Gaul, invaded eastern Lombardy and the western Veneto regions (northern Italy) and became Roman citizens in 49 BC. Unfortunately, they are still poorly understood archaeologically. Using a multi-disciplinary approach that will combine archaeology, linguistics, law, landscape and isotope studies this Post-doctoral project will identify them and examine what they tell us about major issues in ancient history such as migration, colonisation, cultural integration, self-definition, warfare, citizenship and landscape formation.

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/departments/classics-and-archaeology/news-and-events/news/2021/saccoccio-leverhulme-award.aspx

I am also involved as fieldwork leader in the Ga.Ve. Project (Gazzo Veronese, Veneto - NE Italy) for La Sapienza University of Rome. The Ga.Ve. Project investigates human presence in the territory of Gazzo Veronese between the Prehistoric and Medieval periods. It is a joint research project between the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Province di Verona, Rovigo e Vicenza, the Università degli Studi di Verona, and La Sapienza University of Rome. La Sapienza University of Rome (project leader Prof. Alessandro Vanzetti) focuses its research on the Final Bronze and Iron Ages settlement of Gazzo Veronese-Coazze, considered in the literature to be the westernmost major Atestine culture settlement.

Past Research

My PhD focused on prehistoric identity in the Bronze and Iron Ages of the Veneto region, NE Italy. Particular attention was paid to the Iron Age through the reconstruction of the 9th-1st century BC settlement pattern and the analysis of selected material culture classes in identity terms: tomb markers, bronze ex votos, red-and-black painted ware and Situla Art.

Previous research mainly focused on prehistoric human, volcanic and climate impact in the Pianura Campana (Campania - southern Italy), in particular the reconstruction and analysis of the Early Bronze Age topography and field system at the site of Gricignano d'Aversa U.S. Navy (Caserta province) which is sealed by the debris of the Pomici di Avellino eruption, dated 1950-1820 cal BC.

  • SACCOCCIO, F., 2021. The Prehistoric Agrarian Management Pattern in the Volcanic Landscape of the Campanian Plain, Southern Italy. In: ARNOLDUSSEN, S., JOHNSTON, R. and LØVSCHAL, M., eds., Europe's Early Fieldscapes : Archaeologies of Prehistoric Land Allotment Springer Publishing Company. 209-224
  • SACCOCCIO, F., MARZOCCHELLA, A. and VANZETTI, A., 2021. I campi fossili di Gricignano d’Aversa U.S. Navy: sfruttamento e impatto umano in Pianura Campana nel Bronzo Antico. In: DAMIANI, I., CAZZELLA, A. and COPAT, V., eds., Preistoria del cibo: L'alimentazione nella preistoria e nella protostoria Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria. 241-252
  • SACCOCCIO, F., 2021. Biographies of Situla Art objects recycled as ex-votos between the Adige and Inn valleys (NE Italy and west Austria). In: WEIDINGER, A. and LESKOVAR, J., eds., Interpretierte Eisenzeiten. Fallstudien, Methoden, Theorie. Tagungsbeiträge der 9. Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH. 53-74
  • VANZETTI, A., BERTOLDO, M., DI MARIA, F., MONTI, D., SALZANI, L. and SACCOCCIO, F., 2020. Coazze near Gazzo Veronese, on the Fringes of Veneto and Etruria Padana, NE Italy. In: ZAMBONI L., FERNÁNDEZ-GÖTZ M. and METZNER-NEBELSICK C., eds., Crossing the Alps: Early Urbanism between Northern Italy and Central Europe (900-400 BC) Sidestone Press. 171-191
  • SACCOCCIO, F. and BIONDANI, F., 2020. Lo stile Garolda-Coazze nella ceramica zonata atestina: i siti veronesi dell’età del Ferro di Gazzo Veronese e Isola della Scala-Palazzina Padusa. 55, 175-211
  • VANZETTI, A., MARZOCCHELLA, A. and SACCOCCIO, F., 2019. The Campanian agrarian system of the late Copper-Early Bronze Age (ca. 4550-3850 cal BP): A long-lasting agrarian management tradition before the Pomici di Avellino eruption Environmental Archaeology. 499, 148-160
  • SACCOCCIO, F., 2016. The Venetian-Etruscan-Celtic Encounters in the Po river Lowlands (Northern Italy). In: ARMIT, I., POTREBICA, H., ČREŠNAR, M., MASON, P. and BÜSTER, L., eds., Cultural Encounters in Iron Age Europe Archaeolingua. 247-266
  • GONZATO, F., SACCOCCIO, F., SALZANI, L. and VANZETTI, A., 2015. Il polo di Gazzo Veronese tra Bronzo finale e primo Ferro. In: LEONARDI, G. and TINÉ, V., eds., Preistoria e Protostoria del Veneto. Studi di Preistoria e Protostoria 2 Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria. 507-514
  • TREVISAN, D. and SACCOCCIO, F., 2015. I siti di Coazze, Sorgà-Tione e Moratica (Verona): storia degli studi e materiali inediti dell’età del Bronzo e del Ferro dai musei di Bologna, Parma e Mantova. In: LEONARDI, G. and TINÉ, V., eds., Preistoria e Protostoria del Veneto. Studi di Preistoria e Protostoria 2 Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria. 909-914
  • SACCOCCIO, F., MARZOCCHELLA, A. and VANZETTI, A., The field system of Gricignano d’Aversa (Southern Italy) and the agrarian impact in the Piana Campana, ca. 3900 cal BP Environmental Archaeology. 303, 82-92

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