Kınık Höyük
Archaeological Project



Basso Elena

Assistant professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia

Since 2011, she is the geologist in charge of the archaeometric analyses of the pottery from the Kınık Höyük excavation. Her research activity is addressed to reconstruct ancient production technologies and materials provenances, applying the analytical techniques used in Earth Sciences (i.e., optical microscopy, SEM-EDX, XRD, XRF, EPMA and Raman spectroscopy). The research interests of dr Basso can be summarized as follows:
• Archaeometric studies on medieval glass and glazed ceramics
• Mineralogical, petrographic and geochemical studies of archaeological pottery, aiming to unravel ancient technology and to characterize raw materials
• Diagnostic analyses on Romanesque stuccoworks in Lombardia
• Archaeometric analyses of mortars and stones of historic buildings
Currently, she is working on the analysis of the Cobalt blue pigment in works of art, in order to trace the geological origin of the raw materials.


Cinieri Valentina

PhD, Postgraduate student at School in Architectural Heritage and Landscape
DICAr, University of Pavia (Italy); DSA, University of Genoa (Italy)

Valentina Cinieri earned her Master's degree in Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2010 with the thesis "The restoration of the ancient hamlet Embresi (Piacenza, Italy)". In 2011 she took part in research activities about built heritage (preservation, energy efficiency of historical buildings, planned conservation) at the Interdepartmental Centre for Studies and Research on the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CISRiC), and at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAr). She attended the postgraduate school in Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Pavia, and obtained her PhD in 2015 with the thesis “Widespread built heritage. A sustainable approach to conservation and management”, in which she proposed a lifecycle oriented approach for the conservation of the pre-industrial built heritage. Since 2012 she is involved in study of building techniques and conservation planning of the archaeological heritage at Kinik Höyük (Southern Cappadocia, Turkey). Currently she attended the postgraduate School in architectural Heritage and Lanscape at University of Genoa. The school is focused on issues of cultural built heritage preservation and it is arranged in lectures, workshops and design activities aimed to restoration of built heritage. Her interests focus on ancient building technologies and sustainable preservation of historical buildings. She takes part at national and international conferences about built heritage preservation and building technologies.


Crabtree Pam & Campana Douglas

Pam: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Anthropology Department and the Center for the Study of Human Origins, New York University

Douglas: PhD, Columbia University

Pam Crabtree is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Anthropology Department and the Center for the Study of Human Origins at New York University. She joined the NYU faculty in 1990. Crabtree received her graduate training in anthropological archaeology and zooarchaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include animal domestication, the transition from foraging to farming, and the use of animal remains to reconstruct the herding patterns and hunting practices in complex societies. Most of Crabtree’s early research focused on the study of faunal remains from late Roman and Early and Middle Anglo-Saxon sites in eastern England. She has also worked on faunal remains from a wide variety of sites in Europe, the Middle East, Egypt, and historic North America. Crabtree works closely with her colleague and husband, Dr. Douglas Campana. Campana received his PhD in Near Eastern prehistory from Columbia University in 1981. He spent much of his career as an archaeologist for the US National Park Service, and he retired from the Park Service in 2006. In addition to the Kinik Höyük project, Crabtree and Campana have collaborated with their colleague, Dr. Susan Johnston, on the Dún Ailinne project in Ireland, and they have served as archaeozoologists for the Amheida project in Egypt and the Brandon Middle Saxon project in England.


D'Alfonso Lorenzo

Assistant Professor of Western Asian Archaeology and History, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Professor d'Alfonso earned his MA in Ancient Civilizations from the University of Pavia (1997) and his PhD in Ancient Anatolian and Aegean Studies from the University of Florence (2002). Since then he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor at the Universities of Mainz, Konstanz, and Pavia. His main research interests concern the social, juridical, and political history of Syria and Anatolia under the Hittite Empire and during its aftermath (16th-7th centuries BC). On these themes he has published a monograph on the judicial procedures of the Hittite administration in Syria (2005), a website of textual references (The Emar Online Database), more than 30 articles in volumes and journals, and co-edited two volumes. From 2006 to 2009 he was the director of an archaeological survey in Southern Cappadocia, and since 2010 he has concentrated his efforts on the site of Kinik Höyük (Niğde, Turkey). Professor d'Alfonso will begin offering seminars in the spring of 2012.


Ergurer Hatice

PhD Student, Atatürk University Erzurum

Hatice accomplished her undergraduate program at Atatürk University Erzurum, the Archaeology Department, between 2000-2004. She obtained her M.A degree from the same department in 2009, and started her PhD in that same year. Her ongoing Phd project focuses on the ceramic production of Central Anatolia during the Iron Ages based on the study of the ceramics from Kınık Höyük, Niğde. She takes part in the excavatioins at Kınık Höyük excavation since 2012.


Fantone Federica

PhD student, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

She graduated from the University of Groningen with a thesis about the representativeness of the archaeobotanical archive at the Roman site of Karanis (Fayum, Egypt). She worked as specialist archaeobotanist in Egypt and Turkey where she also carried out ethnobotanical research. Currently, she is completing her PhD at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University in which she investigates the agricultural economy at Late Bronze Age Sabi Abyad (Syria) on the basis of the analysis of botanical remains. Federica is particularly interested in the investigation of the ancient food economy and in the practices of traditional agriculture. For the Kinik archaeological project she carries out the analysis of the botanical remains.


Gorrini Maria Elena

Assistant Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of Humanities, University of Pavia

Maria Elena Gorrini earned her BA in Ancient Civilizations from the University of Pavia (1997), her MA in Archaeology in 2001, at the Italian Archaeological School of Athens (2001) and her PhD in Archaeology from the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples (2004). Since then she has worked as a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct professor at the Arcadia University at the Mediterranean Centre, Syracuse, and at the University of Pavia, where she teaches Greek Archaeology and Archaeology of Magna Graecia.
Her main research interests concern Greek cults, heroic and divine, from the 4th c. BC to the Romanization. On these themes she has just published a monograph (Healing heroes of Attica, Rome, Quasar 2013) and several articles in volumes and journals. Aside, she has studied and published several sculptures from the Gonzaga and the Acerbi collections, Mantua, and is collaborating with the archaeological Soprintendenza of Lazio, Italy, to study Hadrianic period in Latium. Lastly, she has started working on aerial photography in Northern Italy, for a reconstruction of the archaeological landscape.
From 1997 to 2000 she was member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Gortys, Crete, and since 2013 she is the director of the archaeological survey of Santa Sofia-Pavia, in collaboration with the British School at Rome.


Gürel Ali

Associate Professor in the Deptartment of Geological Engineering, Niğde University

Ali GÜREL is Associate Professor and teaches General Geology in the Dept. of Geological Engineering at Niğde University. His main research interests are: • Ancient Lake and their sedimentary record, with special emphasis on catchment area of ancient lake environments (palaeosol, calcrete, and paleoclimatic conditions) • Continental sedimentary environments in general, and with special emphasis on clay mineralogy and paleoclimatic conditions • Continental sedimentary environments and terrestrial diagenesis He develops two main research projects • Clay mineralogy of Neogene sequences of Cappadocian Volcanic Provence (CVP, Central Anatolia): Source of sedment-Paleosoils and paeoclimatic variations, TÜBITAK, 01.08.2005-01-08-2008, • Hydrogeochemical and Isotopic Investigation of Thermal-Mineral Waters and Travertenes, and Medical and Bioclimatic Evaluation of the Waters in Central Anatolia, Turkey, TÜBITAK, 01.07.2005, 01-07-2008; pp 119. He cooperates with the archaeological investigations of Kınık Höyük and the northern Bor Plain since 2008.


Highcock Nancy

PhD Candidate, Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Studies Department, NYU

In addition to excavating the lower town at Kinik, she is currently writing her dissertation on the interplay between Assyrian identity and a mobile merchant identity in Middle Bronze Age Anatolia. She has taught courses on early Mesopotamian and Egyptian archaeology and Egyptian history at NYU and has also excavated in the US, Greece, and Egypt.


Lanaro Anna

PhD, Visiting Research Scholar 2013-14 at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

Anna Lanaro obtained her Master's degree in the History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Pavia, Italy in 2007 with the thesis "’International Style’ in the Ancient Near East in the Late Bronze Age: State of the Art, Problems, and Outlook". She went on to the Institute of Egyptology and Ancient Near East at Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), and obtained her PhD in 2012 with the thesis “The Problematic of the Bed-Panel of Ugarit”. Her interest focuses mostly on the Levant of the Late Bronze Age, with particular emphasis on the iconography. Moreover, she is actively engaged in the field of archaeology of the Iron Age in Central Anatolia in the joint excavation project of Kinik Höyük (ISAW and University of Pavia). Her research project at ISAW is entitled "Beyond Hybridism: Intercultural Connectivity in the Northern Levant During the Late Bronze Age", and will investigate, on the basis of the imagery represented on luxury items, how intercultural connectivity processes took place in the Northern Levant during the Late Bronze Age.


Mantovan Alessio

MA, University of Pavia

In 2014, I graduated from the University of Pavia with a MA in “Ancient Philology, Literature and History”. I my thesis I deal with the ceramic production in Central Anatolia during the Late Iron Age, analyzing and discussing the results of archaeometrical and petrographic investigations conducted on relevant ceramic findings from Kınık Höyük. In addition to Kınık Höyük, I am also working in other archaeological expeditions in the Mediterranean area.


Matessi Alvise

PhD, University of Pavia

I obtained my Master degree at the University of Pavia in 2009 with a thesis on the territorial administration in Syria during the 15th century BCE, with focus on the kingdom of Alalah IV. In January 2014, I earned a Ph.D. degree in Ancient Western Asian Studies at the University of Pavia, completing a dissertation on the political geography of South-Central Anatolia during the Hittite period. My research interest concerns the political geography, territoriality and spatial organization of authority in early complex empires and canton states, with focus on preclassical Anatolia and Syria.
I took part to archaeological excavations and surveys in Syria, at Tell Ashara/Terqa (field director: Olivier Rouault, Université Lumière Lyon 2), where I worked as area supervisor and was responsible of the classification and restoration of lithic materials. In 2008 I started archaeological work in Turkey, which included the participation to surveys and excavations in Southern Cappadocia and a period of internship at the Museum of Niğde.
At Kınık Höyük I am the supervisor of the work in Operation B, being responsible of the publication of the stratigraphy.


Mora Clelia

Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History, Department of Humanities, University of Pavia

Clelia Mora is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Pavia. She directed the Department of ‘Scienze dell’Antichità’ (University of Pavia) from December 2009to February 2012.
She is coordinator of the PhD of Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations.
Her subjects of research include: Hittite history during the last phase of the Imperial age; therelationships between Anatolia and northern Syria in the LBA; the Assyrian-Hittite relations;studies on Hittite administration; Iron Age documents and hieroglyphic script. In these researchdomains she has written four volumes, more than 100 publications and has edited eight volumes;she took part in the organization of eight national and international meetings.
From 2003 to 2006 Clelia Mora was coordinator of a research unit within PRIN-MUR projects, from 2007 to 2008: chairwoman of the ‘Commissione Garanti PRIN – ‘Ministero Università e Ricerca, Rome’; she is member of the ‘Istituto Lombardo di Scienze e Lettere’, Milan and of the scientific board of the Center for Cooperation and Development (CICOPS) – Pavia University.
She was (2000 – 2009) member of the Direction Committee - Archaeological Mission of Terqa(Syria), directed by O. Rouault (University Lyon 2, France).
Within the archaeological mission at Kınık Höyük C. Mora is coordinator of the historical and epigraphic research


Morandotti Marco

Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Pavia

Marco Morandotti was born in 1972. He is Associate professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Pavia, the Faculty of Engineering (since 2002). He is the Director of the Interdepartmental Centre for the Conservation of the Historical Heritage of the University of Pavia (Since 2010), the coordinator of the Ph.D. Course of “Building Architecture” (2007/2012).
He is responsible for the scientific activity of the STEP laboratory (Science and Techniques for the Building Project) in the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAr) (Since 2002). Main research interests are focused on two topics: 1. knowledge based conservation of the historical heritage, 2. sustainable design in developing countries, 3. hospital design and healthcare planning


Setti Massimo

Associate Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Pavia

Massimo Setti was born in Pavia (Italy) in June, 1957. He is at present associate professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, of the University of Pavia, where is he graduated in Geological Sciences in December of 1983. He especially carried out investigations on clay minerals and over twenty years studies in archaeometry, degradation and conservation of the monuments. He is author, until 2014, of 130 papers in national and international journals and 142 abstracts presented at national and international conferences. Didactic activities are carried out at the in the Academic year 2014-2015 he is the holder of the following courses: Geomaterials; Applied Mineralogy - Degradation and Conservation of Monuments. Member of the Academic Board of the PhD in the same Department.


Tomassini Pieri Bianca Maria

PhD, University of Pavia

Degree in History and Civilization of Ancient World (University of Pavia, Italy), thesis on “Materials from Ḫana Kingdom, II mill. B.C. Typological study of pottery from C and E sectors of Tell Ashara-Terqa (Syria)”. PhD in Civilizations of Ancient Mediterranean (University of Pavia, Italy), thesis on “Southern-central Anatolia during the Hittite period. Settlements and communication routes in the Lower Land, with particular attention to the Tuwanuwa region and the road through the Cilician Gates”. Dr. Tomassini Pieri took part for a long time to the Mission Archéologique Française à Ashara-Terqa (Sirie) as archaeologist, illustrator and scholar of the ceramic material of Ḫana period. After moving her interests in Anatolian region, from the beginning she took part in the Survey in Southern Cappadocia as scholar of the Late Bronze Age pottery, assistant illustrator and co-author of the web site “Archaeological Survey in Southern Cappadocia (Turkey)” .
She continued taking part in the Archaeological Mission at Kınık Höyük as archaeologist and scholar of the Late Bronze Age pottery. At present she continues to be interested in the study of Late Bronze Age pottery and geography of ancient Anatolia, with attention to the correct defining and location of the Hittite Lower Land.


Trameri Andrea

PhD student, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

I received my BA in Classics and Oriental studies in 2009 and my MA in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in 2012 at the University of Pavia (Italy). In my MA thesis I examined a critical edition of a Hittite ritual text of Hurro-Hittite tradition related to the religion of the Netherworld. My research interest is in Anatolian philology and Hittite studies, in particular related to the complex cultural and religious background of Anatolia within the network of Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean traditions. Besides the philological studies, I have worked from 2011 in the archaeological field for the NYU and Pavia University excavations at Kınık Höyük in Turkey (Cappadocia). At ISAW I intend to further investigate the features of Hittite religion in the context of ancient Mediterranean cultural background and pursue my work and study in the archaeological field.


Vertuani Paola

Finds illustrator

Paola Vertuani has been trained as finds illustrator by professor Renato Peroni-Università La Sapienza, Roma-, on his archaelogical project in South Italy, starting from 1990 campaign.
Since then she enlarged her work experience from South Italy (Trebisacce, Palmi, Cannatello, Milazzo, Lipari, Stromboli, Afragola, Cosenza) to Aegean area (Heraklion) and Near East, as illustrator in different project (Syria, Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan).
She teaches archaeological drawing tecnique on university seminars, and collaborate occasionally with museums.
Her interest focuses mostly on prehistoric material and problems connected to representation of ceramic technology (collaboration in “Dal coccio al vasaio” S.T. Levi, Zanichelli 2010).


Zamperini Emanuele

Adjunct Professor, University of Parma

Emanuele Zamperini earned his degree in Building Engineering/Architecture from the University of Pavia in 2003. He earned two post-graduate master degrees from the Polytechnic University of Milan: in Preservation and Reuse of Built Heritage (2004), and in Design of Planned Preservation (2005). He earned his PhD in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Pavia in 2014. He has been speaker at national and international conferences in the field of construction history, preservation and refurbishment; on the same topics he is author of more than 30 publications on national and international journals, books and proceedings of congresses. Since 2003 he has contributed to the teaching activities of Building Engineering 1, Refurbishment and Preservation of Buildings, and Architectural Restoration at University of Pavia; in 2007-08 he has been adjunct professor of Theory and Design of Buildings and Structures at the Polytechnic University of Milan; since February 2015 he is adjunct professor of Constructive characters of historic buildings at the University of Parma.