In July 2023, a team of interdisciplinary researchers carried out a geochemical research campaign in the Archaeological mines park of San Silvestro. These included team members for our ARC project, “Pursuing Public Health in the Preindustrial World”: archaeobotanist Mauro Buonincontri, anthropologist Serena Viva, history Phd candidate Rose Byfleet, and archaeologist Giovanna Bianchi. Other researchers included zooarchaeologist Andrea Tommolini, archaeologist Luisa Dalai. included More information on the trip can be found here.
Fieldwork: Rocca San Silvestro, summer 2022
In summer 2022, as part of our ARC-funded research project “Pursuing Public Health in the Preindustrial World”, Giovanna Bianchi and her team of researchers Serena Viva and Mauro Buonincontri, conducted fieldwork at the site of Rocca San Silvestro, a medieval castle in Tuscany. While an archaeological dig was conducted years ago, little analysis was made on the skeletal remains. Bianchi, Viva, and Buonincontri are using this fascinating old mining community to extract information from skeletal remains, sediment and soil analyses, to make conclusions about miners’ population health, diet, and landscape. For more updates follow our Twitter account @prosanitate and Mauro’s account @goodmeetings1.
Serena Viva, physical anthropologist working at the Rocca San Silvestro site.Serena Viva works with skeletons to explore health impacts of human populations, in this case a mining population at Rocca San Silvestro.Great desk view.Rocca San Silvestro.Mauro Buonincontri sampling sediment from a soil profile to extract charcoal remains.Landscape.Rocca San Silvestro.Sunset fit for a miner.Castle ruins.Directions.Rocca San Silvestro medieval castle, view.Road to Rocca San Silvestro medieval castle.Rocca San Silvestro medieval castle, view.Ruins.
U might recall Megan's spectacular advocacy re ACU closure of the MEMS department. Not only a stellar researcher, Megan puts her money where her mouth is when it comes to supporting the development of the field in Oz, and ECR careers. 👏#humanitiesadvocacy
Delighted to share the good news of project member Megan Cassidy-Welch's new role: Dean of Research Strategy @UniDivinity. 👏👏👏https://vox.divinity.edu.au/news/professor-megan-cassidy-welch-to-be-dean-of-research-strategy/#crusades #medievaltwitter#jobs #academia
Into your calendars! @MonashCMRS seminars run selected Fridays 10am (Melb time). #postgraduates get first floor for Q's, a great way to practice smothering that inner imposter. First is next Friday with @donaphy on the #historyofsexuality of #pregnant women.#earlymodern #history #histmed