Exploration of an ancient metal mine at Cevo (Brescia) site Androla.
1952. Born in Rome (Italy).
1981. University Degree in Humanities, Rome University "La Sapienza", summa cum laude, with a dissertation on: "Funerary Rituals in the Late Urnfield Culture" (published in 1990, L'Europa a Sud e a Nord delle Alpi alle soglie della svolta protourbana, Treviso).
1987. Research Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Archaeology (Prehistory). Dissertation: "West Mediterranean during Later Bronze Age and Early Iron Age".
1989. Specialization degree in Archaeology-Prehistory, Italian National School of Archaeology, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
1993. Post-Doctoral studies in Archaeometallurgy, Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials, Raw Materials and Metallurgy, University of Rome "La Sapienza".
At present I am Contract Professor of “Ancient Metallurgy” and “Europaean Protohistory” at the University of Naples "Suor Orsola Benincasa".
I am taking part in many archaeological excavations (Italy, Kazakhstan, Oman, etc.), coordinating the archaeometallurgical study of the metal finds.
I am author of more than ninety scientific publications; between them the books:
Il Mediterraneo occidentale fra il XVI e l'VIII sec. a. C. Cerchie minerarie e metallurgiche - West Mediterranean between 14th and 8th century B.C. Mining and metallurgical spheres, BAR Int. Series 612, Oxford 1995.
I metalli nel mondo antico. Introduzione all'archeometallurgia, Roma-Bari 1998 (III ed. 2002).