Scholars 2005

2005 Past - Archaeology

Fulminante Francesca


Cambridge University, Department of Archaeology

"The Ager Romanus Antiquus from Bronze Age to Republican Period"

Update January 2017

Affiliated Scholar, Division of Archaeology, Cambridge University,

Culture della Materia, University Roma Tre, 


After a couple of post-doc at the excellence cluster of the GCSC in Giessen (Germany) and the prestigious research centre of NIAS (the Netherlands), I have been teaching and doing research at the Division of Archaeology in Cambridge (UK) and I have just completed a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Roma Tre (Italy). I continue to teach and supervise under and post-graduates in Cambridge and Rome and next year, in the winter term 2018, I have been elected for an IAS, Fellowship at St St Hild and Bede College at the University of Durham (UK). 

My research has focused on urbanization in the Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC with a particular emphasis on Rome and the surrounding region. I have researched diverse aspects of urbanization such as social stratification, settlement centralization, cultural interactions and, most recently, the role of women and child rearing in the process of urban development.  On these topics I have published two books Princely Burials in Latium vetus (“L’Erma” di Bretschneider 2003) and The urbanization of Rome and Latium vetus from the Final Bronze Age to the Archaic Age’ (CUP 2014) and numerous articles that are mostly available on my academia webpage and will soon be offered to the digital repository of the University of Cambridge to be available open access.

Currently I am working on three avenues of research. The first is a study of the composition of Archaic metal votive objects in central Italy using XRF to detect potential regional variation in the practice of bronze smelting. The second aims to combine a traditional material cultural, literary and ethnographic approach with scientific methodologies (isotope analyses, osteo-archaeology and ancient DNA) to explore the connections between cultural and political environment and child-rearing practices in pre-Roman central Italy during the 1st millennium BC. The third avenue of research has developed an international collaboration with network scientists from the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Sergi Lozano) and the University of Barcelona (Luce Prignano and Ignacio Morer) and focuses on communication-structure networks in central Italy and how these underpin the mechanisms and modalities of urbanization.

I have co-organized sessions at major archaeological meetings such as AIAC (International Association of Classical Archaeology) 2008 in Rome and the EAA (European Archaeologists’ Association) conferences in Malta (2008) and Glasgow (2015). I have contributed to numerous conferences, meetings and public outreach activities. Equally importantly I have built a long lasting experience in running fieldwork at key Mediterranean sites such as Rome, Pompei, Veii, Crustumerium (near Rome)  and more recently Gubbio-Perugia.