Dipartimento di Scienze della vita e dell’ambiente

ORCID 0000-0002-6357-7363

SCOPUS ID 15065958900

WOS ID J-8482-2013

Formazione

  • Maggio 2010 – 27 Luglio 2013

Dottorato di Ricerca – PhD in Antropologia Evoluzionistica, with Distinction (cum laude). The University of New Mexico (Stati Uniti). Direttore: Osbjorn M Pearson. Commissione: Lawrence G Straus, James Boone, Brigitte M Holt. Titolo Tesi: "The bioarchaeology of changes in social stratification, warfare, and habitual activities among Iron Age Samnites of Central Italy". La bioarcheologia dei cambiamenti in stratificazione sociale, pratiche guerriere, e attività fisiche abituali presso i Sanniti dell’età del Ferro dell’Italia Centrale.

Titolo dichiarato equipollente al titolo di Dottore di ricerca dell’ordinamento universitario italiano decreto 0002359-26/11/2019 del MIUR, Dip. Per la Formazione Superiore e per la Ricerca, Uff. VI.

  • Agosto 2007 – 15 Maggio 2010

Master of Arts in Antropologia Biologica. The University of New Mexico (Stati Uniti).

  • Settembre 1999 – 23 Marzo 2005

Laurea in Scienze Naturali – vecchio ordinamento, 110/110 cum laude. Università degli Studi di Genova (Italia). Titolo della Tesi: "Un approccio biomeccanico allo studio dell’anatomia funzionale in una serie scheletrica del Neolitico ligure".  Relatore: Antonio Guerci; Relatore: Damiano Marchi; Co-relatore: Marco Firpo.

Doctoral Fellowships

2007

Fulbright Fellowship, borsa internazionale in collaborazione tra Ministero degli Esteri Italiano, Department of State Americano e Institute of International Education

Spuhler Fellowship dalla University of New Mexico (Graduate Assistantship).

Postdoctoral Fellowships

2016-2019 Chaire Junior IdEx Bordeaux: Initiative d'excellence de l'Université de Bordeaux – Agence Nationale de la Recherche ANR-10-IDEX-03-02. Titolo del progetto "Burial practices at the Pleistocene - Holocene transition: the changing role of pathology, violence, and “exceptional events” (BUR.P.P.H)". Sede ospitante: UMR 5199 PACEA – Université de Bordeaux.

2014 – 2016 Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND – Junior Research Fellowship Durham (RF 210188). Titolo del progetto "The contribution of skeletal biology to an assessment of Italian Late Palaeolithic lifestyle and funerary behaviour (ItaLPal)". Sede ospitante : Department of Archaeology – Durham University, UK Supervisors: Charlotte Roberts, Paul Pettitt.

Abilitazioni

• Settore 05/B1 “Zoologia e Antropologia”, risultati della commissione: 27/07/2018. Abilitato per le funzioni di professore di seconda fascia in Zoologia e Antropologia (art.16 30/11/ 2010, n.240). Qualificazione valida sino al 27/07/2027.

• Settore 10/A1 “Archeologia”, risultati della commissione: 31/10/2018. Abilitato per le funzioni di professore di seconda fascia in Archeologia (art.16 30/11/2010, n.240). Qualificazione valida sino al 31/10/2027.

• Sezione 20 – “Anthropologie biologique, ethnologie, préhistoire”. Qualificato per la posizione di “maître de conferences” in Francia. Data dei risultati: 06/02/2020. N° 20220346583. Qualificazione valida sino al 06/02/2025.

• Sezione 20 – “Anthropologie biologique, ethnologie, préhistoire”. Qualificato per la posizione di “maître de conferences du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle” in Francia. Data dei risultati: 10/02/2020. N° 20420346583. Qualificazione valida sino al 10/02/2025.

Pubblicazioni su rivista indicizzata ISI/Scopus (* indica corresponding author)

  1. Micheletti Cremasco M, D’Amore G, Sparacello VS, Mussi M, Galland M, Profico A, Masali M, Di Marco S, Miccichè R, Friess M, Sineo L*. 2021. Multi-proxy analysis suggests Late Pleistocene affinities of human skeletal remains attributed to Balzi Rossi. J Anthrop Sci 99:1-42 doi.org710.4436/jass.99014

  2. Sparacello VS*, Dori I, Rossi S, Varalli A, Riel-Salvatore J, Miguel-Gravel C, Riga A, Seghi F, Goude G, Palstra SWL, Starnini E, Formicola V, Moggi-Cecchi J. 2021. New human remains from the Late Epigravettian necropolis of Arene Candide (Liguria, northwestern Italy): direct radiocarbon evidence and inferences on the funerary use of the cave during the Younger Dryas. Quat Sci Rev 268:107131.

  3. Ottoni C*, Bori? D, Cheronet O, Sparacello VS, Dori I, Coppa A, Antonovi? D, Vujevi? D, T. Price D, Pinhasi R, Cristiani E*. 2021. Ancient human oral microbiomes and the Neolithic dispersal in Southern Europe. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 118(32):e2102116118. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2102116118.

  4. Sparacello VS*, Samsel M, Villotte S, Varalli A, Schimmenti V, Sineo L. 2020. Inferences on Sicilian Mesolithic subsistence patterns from cross-sectional geometry and entheseal changes. Archaeol Anthropol Sci 12(5):101. Doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01044-y.

  5. Villotte S*, Thibeault A, Sparacello VS, Trinkaus E. 2020. Disentangling Cro-Magnon: The adult upper limb skeleton, J Archeol Sci Rep 33 (2020) 102475. doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.

  6. Kacki S, Trinkaus E*, Schotsmans EMJ, Courtaud P, Dori I, Dutailly D, Guyomarc’h P, Mora P, Sparacello VS, Villotte S*. 2020 Complex mortuary dynamics in the Upper Paleolithic of the decorated Grotte de Cussac, France. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 117(26): 14851-14856. doi/10.1073/pnas.2005242117.
  7. Goude G, Dori I, Sparacello VS*, Starnini E, Varalli A. 2020. Multi-proxy stable isotope analyses of dentine microsections reveal diachronic changes in life history adaptations, mobility, and tuberculosis-induced wasting in prehistoric Liguria (Finale Ligure, Italy, northwestern Mediterranean). Int J Paleopath 28:99-111. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpp.2019.12.007.
  8. Dori I, Varalli A, Seghi F, Moggi-Cecchi J, Sparacello VS*. 2020. Environmental correlates of growth patterns in Neolithic Liguria (northwestern Italy). International Journal of Paleopathology 28:112-122. 10.1016/j.ijpp.2019.12.002.
  9. Orellana González E, Sparacello VS, Bocaege E, Varalli A, Moggi-Cecchi J, Dori I*. 2020. Insights on patterns of developmental disturbances from analysis of linear enamel hypoplasia in a Neolithic sample from Liguria (northwestern Italy). Int J Paleopath 28:123-136. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpp.2019.12.005.
  10. Sparacello VS*, Varalli A, Rossi S, Panelli C, Goude G, Palstra SWL, Conventi M, Del Lucchese A, Arobba D, De Pascale A, Zavattaro M, Garibaldi P, Rossi G, Molinari I, Maggi R, Moggi-Cecchi J, Starnini E, Biagi P, Dori I. 2019. Dating the funerary use of caves in Liguria (northwestern Italy) from the Neolithic to historic times: results from a large-scale AMS campaign on human skeletal series. Quat Int 536:30-44. doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.11.034.
  11. Sparacello VS*, Panelli C, Rossi S, Dori I, Varalli A, Goude G, Starnini E, Biagi P. 2019. The re-discovery of Arma dell’Aquila (Finale Ligure, Italy): New insights on Neolithic funerary behavior from the sixth millennium BCE in the north-western Mediterranean. Quat Int 512:67-81. doi.org/10.1016/J.QUAINT.2019.02.003.
  12. Galland M, D’Amore G, Friess M, Miccichè R, Pinhasi R, Sparacello VS, Sineo L*. 2019. Morphological variability of Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic skulls from Sicily. J Anthropol Sci 97:151-172. Doi.org/10.4436/jass.97009
  13. Sparacello VS*, Rossi S, Pettitt P, Roberts CA, Riel-Salvatore J, Formicola V. 2018. New insights on Final Epigravettian funerary behavior at Arene Candide Cave (Western Liguria, Italy). J Anthropol Sci 96: 96:161-184. doi.org/ 10.4436/JASS.96003.
  14. Mansukoski L*, Sparacello VS. 2018. Smaller long bone cross-sectional size in people who died of tuberculosis: insights on frailty factors from a 19th and early 20th century Finnish population. Int J Paleopath 20:38-44. Doi.org/10.1016/J.IJPP.2017.12.005.
  15. Sparacello VS*, Vercellotti G, d’Ercole V, Coppa A. 2017.  Social reorganization and biological change: an examination of stature variation among Iron Age Samnites from Abruzzo, Italy. Int J Paleopath 18:9-20. Doi.org/ 10.1016/J.IJPP.2017.07.003.
  16. Sparacello VS*, Roberts CA, Kerudin A, Müller R. 2017. A 6,500-year-old Middle Neolithic child from Pollera Cave (Liguria, Italy) with probable multifocal osteoarticular tuberculosis. Int J Paleopath. 17:67-74. Doi.org/ 10.1016/j.ijpp.2017.01.004
  17. Sparacello VS, Villotte S, Shackelford LL, Erik Trinkaus*. 2017. Patterns of Humeral Asymmetry among Late Pleistocene Humans. Comptes Rendus Palevol 16(5-6):680-689. doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2016.09.001
  18. Villotte S*, Samsel M, Sparacello VS. 2017. The paleobiology of the two adult skeletons from Baousso da Torre (Bausu da Ture) (Liguria, Italy): implications for our understanding of Gravettian lifestyle. Comptes Rendus Palevol 16:462-473. doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2016.09.004
  19. Sparacello VS*, Roberts CA, Canci A, Moggi-Cecchi J, Marchi D. 2016. Insights on the paleoepidemiology of ancient tuberculosis from the structural analysis of postcranial remains from the Ligurian Neolithic (northwestern Italy). Int J Paleopath 15:50-64. Doi.org/ 10.1016/J.IJPP.2017.01.004.
  20. Sparacello VS*, d’Ercole V, Coppa A. 2015. A bioarchaeological approach to the reconstruction of changes in military organization among Iron Age Samnites (Vestini) from Abruzzo, central Italy. Am J Phys Anthropol 156:305–316. Doi.org/ 10.1002/AJPA.22650
  21. Sparacello VS*, Pearson OM, Coppa A, Marchi D. 2011. Changes in robusticity in an Iron Age agropastoral group: the Samnites from the Alfedena necropolis (Abruzzo, Central Italy). Am J Phys Anthropol 144:119–130. Doi.org/ 10.1002/AJPA.21377
  22. Sparacello VS*, Pearson OM. 2010. The importance of accounting for the area of the medullary cavity in cross-sectional geometry: a test based on the femoral midshaft. Am J Phys Anthropol 143:612-624. Doi.org/ 10.1002/AJPA.21361
  23. Sparacello VS, Marchi D*. 2008. Mobility and subsistence economy: a diachronic comparison between two groups settled in the same geographical area (Liguria, Italy). Am J Phys Anthropol 136:485-495. Doi.org/ 10.1002/AJPA.20832
  24. Marchi D*, Sparacello VS, Holt BM, Formicola V. 2006. Biomechanical approach to the reconstruction of activity patterns in Neolithic Western Liguria, Italy. Am J Phys Anthropol 131:447-455. Doi.org/ 10.1002/AJPA.20449

Riviste indicizzate ANVUR Classe A, S:

  1. Varalli A, Villotte S, Dori I, Sparacello VS*. 2020. New insights into activity-related functional adaptations and entheseal changes in Neolithic Liguria (northwestern Italy). Bull Mem Soc Anthropol Paris Paris 32(1-2):34-58 doi.org/10.3166/bmsap-2020-0072 Classe S.
  2. Varalli A*, Sparacello VS, Dori I, Starnini E, Biagi P, Goude G. (accepted). Ricostruzione dei pattern alimentari e delle pratiche di allattamento e svezzamento dal Neolitico alle età dei metalli tramite analisi multi-isotopiche della dentina incrementale e del collagene osseo. Riv Sci Preist. Classe A, S.
  3. Panelli C*, Rossi S, Sparacello VS, De Santis H, Conventi M, Starnini E, Tozzi C. (accepted). La Grotta Mandurea a Borgio Verezzi (SV) tra ricerca e tutela. Riv Sci Preist. Classe A, S.
  4. Orellana-Gonzáles E, Sparacello VS, Varalli A, Moggi-Cecchi J, Dori I*. (accepted). Perturbazioni nella crescita umana tramite l’analisi dell’ipolasia lineare dello smalto in un campione Neolitico della Liguria. Riv Sci Preist. Classe A, S.
  5. Galland M, D’Amore G, Di Marco S, Sparacello VS, Varalli A, Friess M, Miccichè R, Pinhasi R, Sineo L. (In revision). The origin of Neolithic in Liguria: a craniometric perspective. Riv Sci Preist. Classe A, S.
  6. Guyomarc’h P, Sparacello VS, Samsel M, Courtaud P, Villotte S*. 2019. New biological data on a Gravettian humerus from Cussac cave (Dordogne, France). Bull Mem Soc Anthropol Paris. doi.org/10.3166/bmsap-2019-0063. Classe S

Capitoli di libro con editor e peer-review

  1. Micheletti Cremasco M, D’Amore G, Sparacello VS, Mussi M, Galland M, Profico A, Masali M, Di Marco S, Miccichè R, Friess M, Sineo L*. 2021. Multi-proxy analysis suggests Late Pleistocene affinities of human skeletal remains attributed to Balzi Rossi. J Anthrop Sci 99:1-42 doi.org710.4436/jass.99014

  2. Sparacello VS, Panelli C, Rossi S, Dori I, Varalli A, Goude G, Kacki S, Partiot C, Roberts CA, Moggi-Cecchi J. 2018. Chapter 9: Archaeothanatology and palaeobiology of the burials and “scattered human remains” from Arma dell’Aquila (Finale Ligure, Savona). In: Biagi P, Starnini E (eds). Gli scavi all’Arma dell’Aquila (Finale Ligure, Savona): le ricerche e I materiali degli scavi del Novecento. Società per la Preistoria e Protostoria della Regione Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trieste, Quaderno 15. ISBN 9788886796613. p. 143-181.

  3. Sparacello VS, Villotte S, Shaw CN, Fontana F, Mottes E, Starnini E, Dalmeri G, Marchi D. 2018. Changing mobility patterns at the Pleistocene-Holocene transition: the biomechanics of the lower limb of Italian Gravettian and Mesolithic individuals. In: Cristiani E, Borgia V (eds). Palaeolithic Italy: Advanced studies on early human adaptations in the Apennine Peninsula. Leiden: Sidestone Press. ISBN: 9789088905834. p. 357-396.
  4. Riel-Salvatore J, Gravel-Miguel C, Maggi R, Martino G, Rossi S, Sparacello VS. 2018. Recent excavations and new insights into Epigravettian funerary ritual at Caverna delle Arene Candide. In: Cristiani E, Borgia V (eds). Palaeolithic Italy: Advanced studies on early human adaptations in the Apennine Peninsula. Leiden: Sidestone Press. ISBN: 9789088905834. p. 335-355.
  5. Knüsel CJ, Sparacello VS. 2018. Functional morphology/postcranial, human. In: Trevathan W, editor. The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. New York:  John Wiley and Sons. doi.org/10.1002/9781118584538.ieba0187.
  6. Gentile V, Sparacello VS, d’Ercole V, Coppa A. 2018. Martial Practices and Warrior Burials: Humeral Asymmetry and Grave Goods in Iron Age Male Inhumations from Central Italy. In: Dolfini A, Crellin R, Horn C, Uckelmann M, editors. Prehistoric warfare and violence. Quantitative and qualitative approaches. New York: Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78828-9_4 p. 61-83.
  7. Pearson OM, Sparacello VS. 2017. Behavioral differences between near eastern Neandertals and early modern humans from Skhul and Qafzeh: an assessment based on comparative samples of Holocene humans. In: Hovers E, Marom A, editors. Human Paleontology and Prehistory: Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak. New York: Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46646-0_13. p. 175-186.
  8. Sparacello VS, Marchi D, Shaw CN. 2014. The importance of considering fibular robusticity when inferring the mobility patterns of past populations. In: Carlson K, Marchi D, editors. Reconstructing mobility: environmental, behavioral, and morphological determinants. New York: Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7460-0_6. p. 91-111. 
  9. Sparacello VS, Coppa A. 2014. Biomechanical indicators of weapon use and social status in the Bazzano necropolis. In: Weidig J, editor. Bazzano - Ein Gräberfeld bei L'Aquila (Abruzzen). I. Die Bestattungen des 8. - 5. Jhs. v.Chr. Untersuchungen zu Chronologie, Bestattungsbräuchen und Sozialstrukturen im apenninischen Mittelitalien (Die Ausgrabungen 1992-2004 einschließlich einiger Fundkontexte der Grabung 2004-2005). Mainz: Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum. ISBN 978-3-88467-216-7 p. 853-858.
  10. Pearson OM, Petersen TR, Sparacello VS, Daneshvari S, Grine FE. 2014. Activity, “body shape”, and cross-sectional geometry of the femur and tibia. In: Carlson K, Marchi D, editors. Reconstructing mobility: environmental, behavioral, and morphological determinants. New York: Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7460-0_8. p. 133-153.
  11. Marchi D, Sparacello VS, Shaw CN. 2011. Mobility and lower limb robusticity of a pastoralist Neolithic population from North-Western Italy. In: Human bioarchaeology of the Transition to Agriculture. Ron Pinhasi, Jay Stock, editors. New York: Wiley-Liss. doi.org/10.1002/9780470670170.ch13. p. 317-346.

Finanziamenti

2017

Co-applicant (Supervisor): Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships H2020-MSCA-IF-2016. Budget totalet: 173,076 € (123 876 € per salario, 19 200 € fondi di ricerca).

2016

Junior Chair Program IdEx Bordeaux: Initiative d'excellence de l'Université de Bordeaux: 312,000 € (172 000 € for per salario, 140 000 € fondi di ricerca).

2015

Research Grant dalla British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO): £ 1,000.

2014

Small Grant dal Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University, UK: £2,000.

Junior Research Fellowship – Marie Curie COFUND (postdoctoral fellowship for 24 months + £2,000 for research expenses).

2013

Research Project Travel Grant dall’Office of Graduate Studies of the University of New Mexico: $881.

Departmental Travel Grant dal Department of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico: $333.

GSF dal Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of the University of New Mexico; $ 1,000.

2012

Dean’s Dissertation Scholarship dall’Office of Graduate Studies of the University of New Mexico (Earickson Trust): $ 1,000.

2011

Hibben Foundation Senior Award per finanziare la ricerca di dottorato: $ 15,000.

Student Research Allocation Committee Grant (SRAC) dalla Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of the University of New Mexico, $ 500.

Field site development grant dal Department of Anthropology of the University of New Mexico: $ 619.

2010

Research Project Travel Grant (RPT) dall’Office of Graduate Studies: $ 600.

Student Research Allocation Committee Grant (SRAC) dalla Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of the University of New Mexico: $ 500.

2008

Student Research Allocation Committee Grant (SRAC) dalla Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of the University of New Mexico, $ 500.

Student Conference Award (S-CAP) dall’Office of Career Services of the University of New Mexico, $ 600.

2007

Fulbright Fellowship, $ 10,000

2006

Research grant dall’ Accademia Ligure di Scienze e Lettere € 5,000.

Reviewer per:

Nature Scientific Reports. Nature Publishing Group.

Science Advances. AAAS.

Journal of Human Evolution. Elsevier Editor.

American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Wiley Editor.

American Journal of Human Biology. Wiley Editor.

Journal of Archaeological Sciences, Elsevier Editor.

Journal of Archaeological Sciences: Reports, Elsevier Editor.

Quaternary International. Elsevier Editor.

International Journal of Paleopathology. Elsevier Editor.

International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. Wiley Editor.

Journal of Comparative Human Biology “HOMO”, Elsevier Editor.

Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Springer Editor.

PLOS ONE

Bioarchaeology International, Florida University Press.

Ancient Mesoamerica, Cambridge Journals Editor.

Journal of Open Archaeology Data, UP Metajournals Editor.

Revisore per Fulbright Student Award Commission.

Revisore per Czech Science Foundation.

Revisore per borsa 'Giovani Ricercatori Protagonisti' 2016 - Universita' di Firenze

Revisore per borsa “Vinci 2018 – Université franco-italienne”

Revisore per “Sapienza University of Rome - Research Projects Review 2018”

 

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