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Annapaola Passerini

Ph.D. Student in Anthropology


Annapaola is a PhD student in archaeological anthropology. She came to Cornell after obtaining her BA and MA degree in archaeology from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). In addition, she received training in archaeological science at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), for which she received a 9-month fellowship sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her interests lie in the use of scientific chronology as a tool to elaborate on the formulation of archaeological cultures, typically seen as the dynamic relationship between people and various material markers.

Her doctoral research focuses on the reconstruction of the cultural history of the 4th and 3rd millennium in the Southern Caucasus through the analysis of its associated radiocarbon record, with particular regards to archaeological sites and materials referring to the Early Bronze Age “Kura-Araxes” horizon. More specifically, she aims at highlighting the issues and complexities of cultural-historical chronologies via the use of Bayesian modelling by integrating scientific (radiocarbon) and archaeological (material seriation) dating methods.



Early Bronze Age Southern Caucasus, archaeological chronology, radiocarbon dating, Bayesian analysis


  • Archaeology Program
  • Anthropology


Passerini, A., Rova, E., Boaretto, E. (in press). Chronology (and Chronologies) of the Kura-Araxes Culture in the Southern Caucasus: An Integrative Approach through Bayesian Analysis. ORIGINI vol. xxx.

Passerini, A., Rova, E., Boaretto, E. 2018. Revising the Absolute Chronology of the 4th and 3rd Millennia BCE in the Southern Caucasus, Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Nears East (Vienna, 25–29th April 2016). Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag: 161-172.

Passerini, A., Regev, L., Rova, E., Boaretto, E. 2016 New Radiocarbon Dates for the Kura-Araxes Occupation at Aradetis Orgora, Georgia. Radiocarbon 58 (3): 649-677.