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Grazia SEMERARO

BIOGRAFIA

 Grazia Semeraro took her degree in Archaeology at the University of Lecce in 1983, with top marks and her PhD in Archaeology at the University of Naples in 1989. She is now full professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Salento, Lecce.
Head of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Hierapolis of Phrygia (Turkey) from October 2016.
Member of the University of Salento Administration Board (from February 2014).
Vice -Coordinator of the Doctorate in ‘Science of Cultural Heritage’ at the University of Salento (from March 2014).
Head of the Italian Archeological Mission at Malta (from June 2013).
Director of the archaeological excavations in the archaic site of Castello di Alceste (since 2003).
Director of the University Diffuse Museum and of the archaeological excavations in the archaic site of Cavallino (from October 2013).
Scientific Responsible of the Salento University's Laboratory of Archaeological Computing (http://lia.unisalento.it/) and of the Laboratory of Classical Archaeology.
Co-ordinator of the European Master Euromachs, European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society for the seat of Lecce (in partnership between the Universities of Coimbra, Cologne, Turku, and Salento), (2009-2013) (http://www.euromachs.net/ ; http://euromachs.unisalento.it/).
Teaching activity:
Since 1996/7 she is teaching ‘Archaeology of Magna Graecia’ at the same University, and since 1998/99 ‘Computer applications to Archaeology’; she is teaching Classical Archaeology of ancient Greece at the School of Specialisation in Classical and Medieval Archaeology, University of Lecce (since 1998/99). She was also teaching ‘Archaeology of Magna Graecia’ at the School of Specialisation in Classical Archaeology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan (1997-98; 2000-2001; 2003-2004). Between 2000 and 2012 she was a member of the teaching committee of the Doctorate in Archaeology (partners: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, Universities of Trieste, Foggia, Urbino, Salento-Lecce). Since 2006 member of the teaching committee of the European Master Euromachs.
Archaeological excavations
Since 1984 she works in Turkey at Hierapolis (Phrygia), where she is presently co-ordinating the archaeological research in the sanctuary of Apollo, the main sacred area of the ancient town.
Since 1996 she is responsible for the archaeological excavations in the archaic settlement of Castello di Alceste at S.Vito dei Normanni (Brindisi, Italy) and since 1998 she is responsible for the Research Unit of Lecce University in the project of research at Tas Silg (Malta), in the sanctuary of Hera - Astarte.
She is responsible for the archaeological excavations in various settlements in Southern Italy (Castelluccio, Oria, Cavallino). Since 2006 she is scientific responsible of the Diffuse Museum Project ‘Castello di Alceste’. She took part to excavations in Southern Italy, Sicily, Greece (Metaponto, Otranto, Vaste, Oria, Segesta, Kerkyra).

Editorial Boards and other Committees
She is a member of the editorial committee of the following journals and series: Archeologia e Calcolatori , Studi di Antichità, SCIRES-IT, Archeostorie-Journal of Public Archaeology, Collana del Dipartimento di Beni Culturali-Università del Salento, Bibliotheca Archaeologica, BACT. During the last years she was involved, as responsible of Research Unit, in various MIUR-PRIN Projects and in the Landlab Project (Multimedia Laboratory for research, education and communication regarding archaeological landscapes) promoted by the University of Lecce and co-financed by the European Union under the aegis of the National Operational Programme 2000-2006 entitled “Scientific research, technological development, higher education” (http://landlab.unile.it/html/index.html). She is also representing the University of Salento in the Scientific Committee of the Project ‘ The Cultural heritage Map of Apulia’ promoted by the Regional Department of Land Management (Apulia, Italy).

Principal field of research:
Contextual approaches to the study of archaeological data .
Phenomena of interaction and exchange between Greeks and natives in Southern Italy.
Greek and Roman Pottery: methods of classification, distribution analysis, trade.
Settlement archaeology: settlement patterns in Southern Italy. Archaeology of cult in the Mediterranean area: Magna Grecia, Malta (sanctuary at Tas Silg); Asia Minor in hellenistic and roman periods (sanctuary of Apollo at Hierapolis of Phrygia).
Computer-assisted applications to the archaeological research (database for the management of excavation data; GIS applied to territorial data and to excavation data; spatial analyses).
Publications: 100 (articles and one monograph).