Federico Poggiali

Postgraduate Research Student



Federico was awarded with a BA in Archaeology from the University of Firenze. Federico went on study Archaeology at the University of Siena, where he attained his MA. 

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"Environmental change and prehistoric landscape practices in the south-west Italian peninsula during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition: a study of anthracological remains from Grotta del Romito, Grotta della Serratura and Grotta d'Oriente."

The main aim of Federico's project is to investigate the environmental context of late Pleistocene and early Holocene hunter-gatherer landscape practices in the southwest Italian peninsula during the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, through the analysis of wood charcoal macro-remains. A key focus of my research will be to assess the impact of climate-induced changes in past vegetation, and how these affected the evolution of regional landscapes. The project will integrate direct evidence obtained about prehistoric vegetation from the study of anthracological remains with high-resolution palaeoclimatic datasets. The GIS-assisted reconstruction of prehistoric woodland vegetation catchments and vegetation management strategies will also contribute to the creation of predictive models for locating Palaeolithic and Mesolithic sites in this part of the Mediterranean.

Three cave sites from which archaeobotanical assemblages are currently under analysis have been selected for inclusion in this study: Grotta del Romito, Grotta della Serratura and Grotta d’Oriente.

His wider research interests include the Neolithic sites of Europe and Palaeoclimatology.

Research Funding

Jointly funded by the University of Liverpool Studentship scheme and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.