Margherita Mussi

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L-ANT/01 ( Preistoria e protostoria )
Scienze dell'Antichità
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Margherita MUSSI

Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Scienze dell‘Antichità, Professore Associato e membro del Dottorato in Archeologia, docente della Scuola di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici
Direttore della Missione archeologica italiana a Melka Kunture e Balchit (Etiopia)

Attività di ricerca sul terreno
Scavi e ricognizioni dal 1977 (Italia e Africa orientale)

Progetti principali:
1982-1985 - Valle del Giuba, Somalia                                                          1982-1989 -Grotta Barbara, Italia (Paleolitico medio e Paleolitico superiore iniziale)                                                                                                                 1992- 2014 - Grotta di Pozzo e Altopiano delle Cinque Miglia, Italia (Paleolitico superiore e Mesolitico)                                                                   1999-   Sardegna meridionale (S’Omu e S’Orku e evidenze del Tardiglaciale/Olocene antico)                                                                         2009-   Melka Kunture, Etiopia (Olduvaiano, Acheuleano, Middle Stone Age, Late Stone Age)                                                                                                  2015-   Riparo Blanc, Italia (Mesolitico)
Principali interessi scientifici
- l’evoluzione umana in Africa orientale
- il popolamento paleolitico dell’Italia peninsulare e insulare
- il popolamento dell’Europa nel Pleistocene medio e superiore
- arte e sepolture del Paleolitico

Esperienza internazionale
1993-1995: rappresentante permanente per l’Italia nel Co-ordination Committee del Network "The Palaeolithic occupation of Europe" della European Science Foundation
1994-2001: coordinatore scientifico nell’ambito dell’accordo di cooperazione scientifica tra l’Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (Dipartimento di Scienze dell‘Antichità)  e l’University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) (Department of Anthropology)
2009-2015: esperto per i siti preistorici al World Heritage Centre dell’UNESCO, Thematic Programme HEADS “Human Evolution, Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Development”

Pubblicazioni principali dal 2000
- Roebroeks W., Mussi M., Svoboda J., Fennema K. (eds) 2000. Hunters of the Golden Age: the Mid Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia (30.000-20.000 bp). Leiden: Leiden University Press.
- Mussi M. 2001. Earliest Italy. An overview of the Italian Paleolithic and Mesolithic. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
-Mussi M. 2004. East and South of the Alps: the MUP funerary and artistic record of Italy and Moravia compared. In: Svoboda J. A., Sedlá?ková L. (eds.), The Gravettian Along the Danube, Proceedings of the Mikulov Conference, 20-21 November 2002, The Dolní Vestonice Studies, Vol. 11, pp. 252-269.
-Mussi M., Bolduc P., Cinq-Mars J. 2004. Le 15 figurine paleolitiche scoperte da Louis Alexandre Jullien ai Balzi Rossi. Origini XXVI: 7-64.
- Palombo M.R., Mussi M., Gioia P., Cavarretta G. (eds) 2005. Studying Proboscideans: Knowledge, Problems and Perspectives. Selected papers from “‘The World of Elephants” Congress, Rome. Quaternary International 126-128, pp. 1-287.
- Mussi M. 2005. La Venere di Savignano: scoperta, polemiche, descrizione e prospettive. Origini XXVII: 219-246.
- Mussi M. 2007. Women of the Middle Latitudes. The Earliest Peopling of Europe from a Female Perspective. In W. Roebroeks (ed.), Guts and Brains: An integrative approach to the Hominin Record, pp. 165-184. Leiden/Amsterdam: Leiden University Press Academic.
- Mussi M. (ed.) 2008. Il Tardiglaciale in Italia – Lavori in corso. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports Int. Ser. 1859.
- Mussi M., Bahn P., Maggi R. 2008. Parietal art discovered at Arene Candide Cave (Liguria, Italy). Antiquity 82: 265-270.
- Mussi M., De Marco A. 2008. A Gönnersdorf–style engraving in the parietal art of Grotta Romanelli (Apulia, southern Italy). Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 17: 97-104.
- Mussi M., Villa P. 2008. Single carcass of Mammuthus primigenius with lithic artifacts in the Upper Pleistocene of northern Italy. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2606–2613.
- Pellegrini M., Chenery C., Evans J., Lee-Thorp J., Montgomery J., Mussi M., Donahue R. E. 2008. Faunal Migration in Late Glacial Central Italy and implications for Human Resource Exploitation. Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry 22: 1714–1726
-Mussi M. 2009 The Venus of Macomer, a little-known prehistoric figurine from Sardinia. In: P. Bahn (ed.) An Enquiring Mind. Essays in Honor of Alexander Marshack, pp. 193-210. American School of Prehistoric Research, Harvard University.
-Palombo M.R., Mussi M., Agostini S., Barbieri M., Di Canzio E., Di Rita F., Fiore I., Iacumin P., Magri D., Speranza F. 2010. The early Middle Pleistocene site of Pagliare di Sassa (L’Aquila, central Italy). Quaternary International 223-224: 170-178.
-Mussi M. 2011. Paleo-landscapes and vulnerability in the framework of the World Heritage Convention. In : N. Sanz, P. Keenan (eds)  Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)  – World Heritage Thematic Programme. World Heritage Papers Series 29, pp. 190-201. Paris, UNESCO.                                                                                  -Mussi M., Peresani M. 2011. The Palaeolithic Settlement of Italy during the Younger Dryas. Quaternary International 242: 360-370.                                     - Mussi M. 2012. Il Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità (UNESCO) e la valorizzazione dei siti “preistorici”. In C. Peretto (ed.) Conservation, Tourism and Risk Management, Annali dell’Università degli Studi di Ferrara, volume speciale, pp. 49-52.                                                                                                   – Mussi M. 2012. La Venere di Macomer nel quadro del Pleistocene superiore finale europeo. Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. II: 383-389. Firenze.                                                                                                    - Mussi M. 2012. Las representaciones femeninas del Paleolítico Superior. In: Arte sin artistas. Una mirada al Paleolítico. (Catalogo de la exposición). Alcalá de Henares: Museo Arqueológico de la Comunidad de Madrid, pp.418-437.                                                                                                                 –Mussi M. 2012. ‘Africa as the Cradle’ vs ‘Out of Africa’. In : Sanz N. (ed.) Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in Africa. World Heritage Papers Series 33, pp. 35-36. Paris.                                                        -Mussi M., Bahn P., De Marco A., Maggi R. 2012. Nuove scoperte di arte parietale paleolitica in Italia: la Caverna delle Arene Candide e Grotta Romanelli. Atti della XLII Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “L’arte preistorica in Italia”, Trento, Riva del Garda, Valcamonica 9-13 ottobre 2007. Preistoria Alpina 46: 41-47.                                                                                                         -Floris R., Melis R.T., Mussi M., Palombo M.R., Iacumin P., UsaiA., Mascia A. 2012. La presenza umana nella Sardegna centro occidentale durante l’Olocene antico: il sito di S’Omu e S’Orku (Arbus, VS). Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. III: 999-1004.                                          -Melis R.T., Mussi M., Floris R., LamotheM,  Palombo M.R., UsaiA. 2012.Popolamento e ambiente nella Sardegna centro occidentale durante l’Olocene antico: primi risultati. Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. II: 427-434.                                                                                                 - Benson A., Kinsley L., Willmes M., Defleur A., Kokkonen H., Mussi M., Grün R. 2013. Laser ablation depth profiling of U-series and Sr isotopes in human fossils. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 2991-3000                  -Mussi M. 2014. The Outstanding Universal Value of sites related to human evolution in Asia: the Acheulean as a case study for cooperation. In SanzN. (Ed) World Heritage Papers 39,24-34                                                                    -Gallotti R., Raynal J.-P., Geraads D., Mussi M. 2014. Garba XIII (Melka Kunture Upper Awash Ethiopia): a new Acheulean site of the late Lower Pleistocene, Quaternary International 343, 17-27                                               -Mussi M., Altamura F., Macchiarelli R., Melis R.T., Spinapolice E. 2014. Garba III (Melka Kunture Ethiopia): a MSA site with archaic Homo sapiens remains revisited, Quaternary International343, 28-39                                      - Mussi M. 2015. Encoding and decoding the message: the case of the Mid Upper Palaeolithic female imagery. In:F. Coward, R. Hosfield, M. Pope, F. Wenban-Smith (eds) Settlement, Sociality and Cognition in Human Evolution - Landscapes in Mind: pp. 275-287. Cambridge University Press. -Gallotti R., Mussi M. 2015. The Unknown Oldowan: ~1.7-Million-Year-Old Standardized Obsidian Small Tools from Garba IV Melka Kunture Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145101                                                                                  -Mussi M., Altamura F., Bonnefille R., De Rita D., Melis R.T. 2016.The environment of the Ethiopian highlands at the Mid Pleistocene Transition: fauna, flora and hominins in the 850-700ka sequence of Gombore II (Melka Kunture), Quaternary Science Reviews 149, 259-268                                        -Melis R.T., Mussi M. 2016. Mesolithic burials at S'Omu e S'Orku (SOMK) on the south-western coast of Sardinia. In: J.M. Grünberg, B. Gramsch,L. Larsson, J. Orschiedt, H. Meller (eds), Mesolithic Burials – Rites, Symbols and Social Organisation of Early Postglacial Communities. Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 13. Halle (Saale): Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt.                                         -Altamura F., Melis R.T., Mussi M. 2017. A Middle Pleistocene hippo tracksite at Gombore II-2 (Melka Kunture, Upper Awash, Ethiopia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 470: 122-131             -Gallotti R., Mussi M. 2017. Two Acheuleans, two humankinds: from 1.5 to 0.85 Ma at Melka Kunture (Upper Awash, Ethiopian highlands). JASS Journal of Anthropological Sciences 95: 1-46.


Inglese

Margherita MUSSI

Dipartimento di Scienze dell‘Antichità, Professore Associato and member of Dottorato in Archeologia
Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Melka Kunture and Balchit (Ethiopia)

Fieldwork
Surveys and excavations since 1977 (Italy and Eastern Africa)

Major projects:                                                                                                     1982-1985 - Juba Valley, Somalia
1982-1989 - Grotta Barbara, Italy (Middle Palaeolithic and early Upper Palaeolithic)
1992- 2014 - Grotta di Pozzo and Altopiano delle Cinque Miglia, Italy (Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic)
1999-           Southern Sardinia (various locales of Late Pleistocene/early Holocene age)
2009-           Melka Kunture, Etiopia (Oldowan, Acheulean, Middle Sone Age, Late Stone Age)                                                                                                            2015-           Riparo Blanc, Italy (Mesolithic)
Research interests
- the Palaeolithic of the Horn of Africa                                                                      - the palaeolithic peopling of Italy (mainland and islands)
- the earliest peopling of Europe
- Palaeolithic art and burials

International experience
1993-1995: Permanent representative for Italy, Co-ordination Committee of the Network "The Palaeolithic occupation of Europe", promoted by the European Science Foundation
1994-2001: Scientific coordinator, Scientific Agreement between Università di Roma “La Sapienza (Dipartimento di Scienze dell‘Antichità)  and the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) (Department of Anthropology)
2009- 2015: expert for prehistoric sites at the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, Thematic Programme HEADS “Human Evolution, Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Development”

Selected publications since year 2000:
 Roebroeks W., Mussi M., Svoboda J., Fennema K. (eds) 2000. Hunters of the Golden Age: the Mid Upper Palaeolithic of Eurasia (30.000-20.000 bp). Leiden: Leiden University Press.
- Mussi M. 2001. Earliest Italy. An overview of the Italian Paleolithic and Mesolithic. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
-Mussi M. 2004. East and South of the Alps: the MUP funerary and artistic record of Italy and Moravia compared. In: Svoboda J. A., Sedlá?ková L. (eds.), The Gravettian Along the Danube, Proceedings of the Mikulov Conference, 20-21 November 2002, The Dolní Vestonice Studies, Vol. 11, pp. 252-269.
-Mussi M., Bolduc P., Cinq-Mars J. 2004. Le 15 figurine paleolitiche scoperte da Louis Alexandre Jullien ai Balzi Rossi. Origini XXVI: 7-64.
- Palombo M.R., Mussi M., Gioia P., Cavarretta G. (eds) 2005. Studying Proboscideans: Knowledge, Problems and Perspectives. Selected papers from “‘The World of Elephants” Congress, Rome. Quaternary International 126-128, pp. 1-287.
- Mussi M. 2005. La Venere di Savignano: scoperta, polemiche, descrizione e prospettive. Origini XXVII: 219-246.
- Mussi M. 2007. Women of the Middle Latitudes. The Earliest Peopling of Europe from a Female Perspective. In W. Roebroeks (ed.), Guts and Brains: An integrative approach to the Hominin Record, pp. 165-184. Leiden/Amsterdam: Leiden University Press Academic.
- Mussi M. (ed.) 2008. Il Tardiglaciale in Italia – Lavori in corso. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports Int. Ser. 1859.
Mussi M., Bahn P., Maggi R. 2008. Parietal art discovered at Arene Candide Cave (Liguria, Italy). Antiquity 82: 265-270.
- Mussi M., De Marco A. 2008. A Gönnersdorf–style engraving in the parietal art of Grotta Romanelli (Apulia, southern Italy). Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 17: 97-104.
- Mussi M., Villa P. 2008. Single carcass of Mammuthus primigenius with lithic artifacts in the Upper Pleistocene of northern Italy. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2606–2613.
- Pellegrini M., Chenery C., Evans J., Lee-Thorp J., Montgomery J., Mussi M., Donahue R. E. 2008. Faunal Migration in Late Glacial Central Italy and implications for Human Resource Exploitation. Rapid Communication in Mass Spectrometry 22: 1714–1726
-Mussi M. 2009 The Venus of Macomer, a little-known prehistoric figurine from Sardinia. In: P. Bahn (ed.) An Enquiring Mind. Essays in Honor of Alexander Marshack, pp. 193-210. American School of Prehistoric Research, Harvard University.
-Palombo M.R., Mussi M., Agostini S., Barbieri M., Di Canzio E., Di Rita F., Fiore I., Iacumin P., Magri D., Speranza F. 2010. The early Middle Pleistocene site of Pagliare di Sassa (L’Aquila, central Italy). Quaternary International 223-224: 170-178.
-Mussi M. 2011. Paleo-landscapes and vulnerability in the framework of the World Heritage Convention. In : N. Sanz, P. Keenan (eds)  Human Evolution: Adaptations, Dispersals and Social Developments (HEADS)  – World Heritage Thematic Programme. World Heritage Papers Series 29, pp. 190-201. Paris, UNESCO.                                                                                  -Mussi M., Peresani M. 2011. The Palaeolithic Settlement of Italy during the Younger Dryas. Quaternary International 242: 360-370.                                     - Mussi M. 2012. Il Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità (UNESCO) e la valorizzazione dei siti “preistorici”. In C. Peretto (ed.) Conservation, Tourism and Risk Management, Annali dell’Università degli Studi di Ferrara, volume speciale, pp. 49-52.                                                                                                   – Mussi M. 2012. La Venere di Macomer nel quadro del Pleistocene superiore finale europeo. Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. II: 383-389. Firenze.                                                                                                    - Mussi M. 2012. Las representaciones femeninas del Paleolítico Superior. In: Arte sin artistas. Una mirada al Paleolítico. (Catalogo de la exposición). Alcalá de Henares: Museo Arqueológico de la Comunidad de Madrid, pp.418-437.                                                                                                                 –Mussi M. 2012. ‘Africa as the Cradle’ vs ‘Out of Africa’. In : Sanz N. (ed.) Human Origin Sites and the World Heritage Convention in Africa. World Heritage Papers Series 33, pp. 35-36. Paris.                                                      – Mussi M., Bahn P., De Marco A., Maggi R. 2012. Nuove scoperte di arte parietale paleolitica in Italia: la Caverna delle Arene Candide e Grotta Romanelli. Atti della XLII Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “L’arte preistorica in Italia”, Trento, Riva del Garda, Valcamonica 9-13 ottobre 2007. Preistoria Alpina 46: 41-47.                                                                                                         -Floris R., Melis R.T., Mussi M., Palombo M.R., Iacumin P., UsaiA., Mascia A. 2012. La presenza umana nella Sardegna centro occidentale durante l’Olocene antico: il sito di S’Omu e S’Orku (Arbus, VS). Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. III: 999-1004.                                          -Melis R.T., Mussi M., Floris R., LamotheM,  Palombo M.R., UsaiA. 2012.Popolamento e ambiente nella Sardegna centro occidentale durante l’Olocene antico: primi risultati. Atti della XLIV Riunione Scientifica dell’I.I.P.P. “La Preistoria e la Protostoria della Sardegna”, 23-28 novembre 2009, vol. II: 427-434.                                                                                                 - Benson A., Kinsley L., Willmes M., Defleur A., Kokkonen H., Mussi M., Grün R. 2013. Laser ablation depth profiling of U-series and Sr isotopes in human fossils. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 2991-3000                  -Mussi M. 2014. The Outstanding Universal Value of sites related to human evolution in Asia: the Acheulean as a case study for cooperation. In SanzN. (Ed) World Heritage Papers 39,24-34                                                                    -Gallotti R., Raynal J.-P., Geraads D., Mussi M. 2014. Garba XIII (Melka Kunture Upper Awash Ethiopia): a new Acheulean site of the late Lower Pleistocene, Quaternary International 343, 17-27                                               -Mussi M., Altamura F., Macchiarelli R., Melis R.T., Spinapolice E. 2014. Garba III (Melka Kunture Ethiopia): a MSA site with archaic Homo sapiens remains revisited, Quaternary International343, 28-39                                      - Mussi M. 2015. Encoding and decoding the message: the case of the Mid Upper Palaeolithic female imagery. In:F. Coward, R. Hosfield, M. Pope, F. Wenban-Smith (eds) Settlement, Sociality and Cognition in Human Evolution - Landscapes in Mind: pp. 275-287. Cambridge University Press. -Gallotti R., Mussi M. 2015. The Unknown Oldowan: ~1.7-Million-Year-Old Standardized Obsidian Small Tools from Garba IV Melka Kunture Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145101                                                                                  -Mussi M., Altamura F., Bonnefille R., De Rita D., Melis R.T. 2016.The environment of the Ethiopian highlands at the Mid Pleistocene Transition: fauna, flora and hominins in the 850-700ka sequence of Gombore II (Melka Kunture), Quaternary Science Reviews 149, 259-268                                        -Melis R.T., Mussi M. 2016. Mesolithic burials at S'Omu e S'Orku (SOMK) on the south-western coast of Sardinia. In: J.M. Grünberg, B. Gramsch,L. Larsson, J. Orschiedt, H. Meller (eds), Mesolithic Burials – Rites, Symbols and Social Organisation of Early Postglacial Communities. Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 13. Halle (Saale): Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt.                                         -Altamura F., Melis R.T., Mussi M. 2017. A Middle Pleistocene hippo tracksite at Gombore II-2 (Melka Kunture, Upper Awash, Ethiopia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 470: 122-131             -Gallotti R., Mussi M. 2017. Two Acheuleans, two humankinds: from 1.5 to 0.85 Ma at Melka Kunture (Upper Awash, Ethiopian highlands). JASS Journal of Anthropological Sciences 95: 1-46.


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