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Davide Tanasi is Professor in the Department of History and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Anthropology of the University of South Florida. He is a specialist in the archaeology of ancient Sicily and Malta and in the application of scientific techniques and digital methods for the documentation, characterization, interpretation and global dissemination of archaeological and historical material culture and an expert of popular science and public archaeology.

Field Archaeology

Co-Principal Investigator and Senior Partner of the Melite Civitas Romana an international and collaborative archaeological excavation project at the Roman domus of Rabat (Malta)

Digital Archaeology

Founder and Scientific Director of the Institute for Digital Exploration (IDEx), a research-driven digital archaeology laboratory, at University of South Florida’s Department of History

Archaeological Science

Scientific Director and Coordinator of the Mediterranean Diet Archaeology Project with the University of South Florida’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment


A spotlight on my latest publication

The Maltese Archipelago at the Dawn of History. Reassessment of the 1909 and 1959 excavations at Qlejgħa tal-Baħrija and other essays is a collection of essays focusing on the reassessment of the multifaceted evidence which emerged by excavations carried out in 1909 and 1959 in the settlement of Bahrija, a key site for the understanding of the later stages of Maltese prehistory before the beginning of the Phoenician colonial period. The two excavations, largely unpublished, produced a large quantity of ceramic, stone and metal artefacts together with skeletal remains. The reappraisal of the material will shed light on critical moments of central Mediterranean prehistory. Main topics such as the Aegean-Sicily-Malta trade network, mass migration movements from the Balkans towards the Central Mediterranean and the colonial dynamics of the Phoenicians operating in the West are addressed in the light of new data and with the support of an array of archaeometric analyses.

Oxford: Archaeopress 2020, ISBN 9781789694932.

Available both in print and Open Access. 

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