Beatrice Triozzi

BSc, MSc

Department of Archaeology

Research Student

Profile
  • 2016 Research assistant for British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship. Applicant: Prof Maureen Carroll, Department of Archaeology, the University of Sheffield, UK
  • 2015 Started the PhD at the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield (UK).
  • 2013-2014 Volunteered at the Thackray Medical Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds (UK).
  • 2012-2013 worked for seven months in the Centre for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen where I conducted molecular analysis on bones and mummified hair and skin. The project was focused on the quantitative evaluation of proteins and peptides preserved in mummified and fossilised samples.
Qualifications
  • MSc in Science for Cultural Heritage, University of Turin, Italy (First class).
    • Dissertation: Analysis by high resolution mass spectrometry of molecular damage in protein residues of ancient mummified human remains.
  • BSc in Technology for Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage University of Camerino (MC), Italy (First Class Honour).
    • Dissertation: Mummies of Borbonic Fort de L'Aquila. Restoration, Conservation and Anthropological Surveys.
Research interests

I am interested in many aspects of bioarchaeology such as: paleodiet, health and nutrition, paleopathology, and population’s occupation and behaviour.

Currently I am focusing on the relationship between human beings and their natural and cultural environment to be able to understand how particular environmental conditions, as well as changes in culture and socio-political aspects, result in different burial practices, but also in specific physical characteristics in their bodies, as human beings are seen as the primarily evidence of the interaction between cultural and natural phenomena.


Thesis: A Biocultural study of the Vestini population of Loreto Aprutino: Diet, Health, Status, and Identity in the 6th-4th centuries B.C. in Central-Southern Italy.

This research project aims to characterise the biological and cultural variability in the Vestini population inhabiting the area East of the Gran Sasso mountain in Abruzzo during the Iron Age.

In order to do so, differences in health, lifestyle and gendered behaviour among different Vestini population groups will be assessed, focusing on how and why they may differ.

The project uses a biocultural approach to identify how particular environmental conditions, as well as changes in culture and socio-political aspects, result in different burial practices, but also in specific physical characteristics in their bodies, as human beings are seen as the primarily evidence of the interaction between cultural and natural phenomena.

Four cemeteries containing 128 burials are assessed. These are from the dated 6th – 4th century BC, and they are located in Loreto Aprutino, Moscufo, Spoltore, and Pescara (east of the Gran Sasso, defined as “transmontane”).

This period was one of demographic and agricultural expansion that saw the establishment of new forms of social and political organisation, the development of complex exchange networks, mobility, increased warfare, and the rise of semi-autonomous city-states.

All these factors provide a rich background for a biocultural study and this project is the first ever done of these characteristics for the area and period of time described. Thus, this project will bring together valuable archaeological information with anthropological research, providing a multifaceted image of the Iron Age societies inhabiting this region of Italy.

This research uses a multidisciplinary methodology. Along with well-established traditional anthropological techniques to reconstruct the demographic profile of the Vestini and the general health at individual and population levels, isotopic analysis will be considered to assess migration patterns and dietary habits.

Moreover, archaeological evidence is used to determine the cultural and socio-political organisation of the population, reflected by mortuary data interpretation.

Simultaneous examination of the skeletal data, paired with archaeological, historical, behavioural and ecological evaluations, provide precious information for a deeper understanding of the life of past individuals and patterns of cultural change.

Thus, through the combination of these data a broader and more holistic picture of Vestini society will be drawn on completion of the research.

Research group

Supervisors: 

Teaching activities
  • Year 2017 Run workshops in bioarchaeology for the Secondary School students of the Istituto Comprensivo of Loreto Aprutino, (PE) Italy
  • Involved in L@boratorio mobile multidisciplinare-SciencEnglish workshop activities, MIUR, Fondo Europeo di Sviluppo Regionale (FESR) Fondi Strutturali Europei – Programma Operativo Nazionale “Per la scuola – Competenze e ambienti per l’apprendimento” 2014-2020. Istituto Comprensivo of Loreto Aprutino (PE), Italy
  • Involved in some aspects of AIESEC, Activating the leadership potential of young people program carried out by the teaching staff of the Istituto Comprensivo of Loreto Aprutino (PE), Italy
  • Involved in Percorso itinerante: MEMORIE, STORIE E LUOGHI LAURETANI workshop activities, Rete Nazionale U.N.E.S.C.O- Italia, MIUR -DIREZIONE GENERALE PER GLI AFFARI INTERNAZIONALI, conducted in the Istituto Comprensivo of Loreto Aprutino (PE), Italy.
  • Year 2015 Volunteer demonstrator: Human Osteology Autumn Semester 2015, Department of Archaeology -University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • Year 2013 Scientific laboratories conducted in a kindergarten school. “Istituto Comprensivo” Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo, Italy.
Professional activities
  • Member of British Association of Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)

2015-2016

  • Pescarabruzzo Foundation, contribution to the PhD project
  • Loreto Aprutino city council, contribution to the PhD project
  • Banca di Credito Cooperativo BCC of Loreto Aprutino, contribution to the PhD project
  • Learned Society Fund for 2015-16 attendance at conference, The University of Sheffield

2010-2011

  • Winner of the Rotary prize “Valerio Cianfarani” for the best archaeological thesis in the Abruzzo Region (Rotary International District 2090 club of Chieti, Rotary year 2010-2011)