IIMAS Research Fellows

Lorenzo Crescioli

     I got BA and MA in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Florence (Italy) with a thesis on ceramic kilns of A15 area in Tell Mozan, and a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology at Ca'Foscari University of Venice with a research projects on Scythian necropolis of the Eurasian Steppes.
     I actively participated in numerous research projects and excavations, among the most important we can mention: Tell Mozan - Syria (2006-2010), HirbemerdonTepe - Turkey (2008-2011), Aradetis Orgora site - Georgia (2013,2015), Kurgan from Kaspan Necropolis, Kazakhstan (2013-2015) and Kurgan from Uzum Rama necropolis - Azerbaijan (2018-2019).

     I am very interested in stratigraphy and methodological approaches to excavation and more recently on geotechnologies methods applied to archaeology and most of all in GIS, Photogrammetry and 3D modelling, also thanks to a one year MA got in the CGT (Centro di Geotecnologie) of Siena University. Currently I work as an Archaeologist on behalf of the Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio of Florence and I am an external collaborator of CAMNES (Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies).
      My experience at Tell Mozan began back in 2006, and there I mainly worked on the field as archaeologist, especially in two different areas: the Plaza (i.e. unit J1) and the AA area, above the Tupkish Palace (i.e. Unit A20).
     In J1 Unit I worked as Assistant archaeologist in 2006 and as Unit director in 2009, and in A20 Unit as Principal assistant in 2008 and as Unit director in 2010. At the same time, besides the usual documentation tasks related to the excavation on the field and the implementation of the UGR, I also tried to work a little in one of my principal interests: the pottery. In fact during the regular excavation seasons I tried to spend some of my time in the study of pottery, whilst during the 2007 study season I almost fulltime worked on ceramic analysis of pottery from Unit A15, regarding my thesis on Khabur period ceramic kilns.



     After the last field excavation in 2010, I took care of the publication of the UGR of J1 Unit which I knew best, having directly worked there for two-three seasons, and the publication of A16 Unit, with the main goal to review and to improve the harmonization of a large and archaeologically rich unit as A16, investigated before my arrival in the MZ team.

      See Lorenzo Crescioli's cv on the Urkesh website.

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