dhr. M. Merlino MA
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Turfdraagsterpad 9 Amsterdam
1012 XT Amsterdam
- PhD research
- Current Research
- Archaeological experience, pubblications and conferences
The City Anatomy: Spatial Dimensions of Urban Societies. Reconceptualising
the Ancient Urban Cityscape in Bronze Age Central Syria
This research project focus on process of urbanization in Central Syria during the 3rd and 2nd Millennia BC. Through intensive archaeological investigations in recent decades Central Syria is increasingly emerging as a region sharing its own distinctive elements of material culture. However, most studies of local urbanization in the Bronze Age, the so-called ‘Second Urban Revolution’, still consider this development mainly as a result of influence from Southern Mesopotamia, thus disregarding the special trajectories and articulations of local social and political structures. Employing recent methodologies from urban studies such as Urban Zoning, Space Syntax and Urban Planning5 in ancient cityscapes this project will develop a model to assess correlation between spatial arrangements and social-political structures. The application of these theories to archaeological data from Bronze Age Central Syria and the comparison of the obtained results with relevant epigraphic sources from the region will shed new light on the interaction between urban layout and historical and cultural events. Consequently it will be possible to understand local and regional developments that contributed to create shared city models and insert these in a larger Mesopotamian and East Mediterranean context.
Rania Archaeological Exploration
From autumn 2012 I’m member of the NINO archaeological exploration in the North-East of the Suleymanie province in Kurdistan, North Iraq. The main aim of the project, directed by J. Eidem (director of the NINO and Professor by Special Appointment of West Asian Archaeology at UvA) is to understand the landscape organization of the area from the Chalcolithic to the end of the Iron Age period focusing on the Bronze Age Period. The project intend to explore the site of Tell Shemshara in order to continue the research of the Danish and Iraqi expeditions between 1957 and 1959 and to document the erosion of the Dokan lake in the area. An adjacent site, Bardastee was partially explored. In addition to the continuation of these projects more sondages in different tells will be made and an intensive survey will be done in an area of a radius of 15km around the site of tell Shemshara.
The results of the projects were partially presented in Athens in November 2013 at the Archaeological Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the adjacent areas. More communications will be done during the ICAANE 2014 in Basel
in D. Morandi Bonacossi, R. Besana, M. Da Ros, G. Garna, M. Iamoni, M. Merlino, Excavations of the Italian Component of the Syro-Italian Mission to Mishrifeh in 2007, Chronique Archéologique en Syrie III, 2008, 151-158.
in D. Morandi Bonacossi, M. da Ros, G. Garna, M. Iamoni, M. Merlino, the “Eastern Palace” and the residential Architecture of Area T at Mishrifeh/Qatna. Preliminary Report on the 2006-2008 Excavation Campaigns of the Italian Component of the Syro-Italian Archeological Project, Mesopotamia 44, 2009, 61-11.
In TMA 50, The City Anatomy: Spatial Dimensions of Urban Societies. Reconceptualising the Ancient Urban Cityscape in Bronze Age Central Syria.
Athens, November 2013, Archaeological Research in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the adjacent areas: Back to Shemshara.
Professional Qualifications/fieldwork experience.
-Rania plan (Iraqi Kurdistan). Participation at the Rania Archaeological Project of the NINO as field supervisor. Director J. Eidem. Period 2012-2014.
-Tell Mishrife (Syria). Participation in the excavation campaign of the Bronze Age and Iron Age site, with the Università degli Studi di Udine, scientific director prof. D. Morandi Bonacossi. Field Supervisor. Period 2002-2008.
-Homs (Syria). Participation at setting up the first archaeological exhibition on the antique city of Qatna, at Homs (Syria). Period: September - October 2005.
Other archaeological experience.
- Rome, Italy. Partecipation of the excavation of the Porticus Aemilia for the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome, director Dr. G.J. Burgers. Field supervisor. Period 2012.
-San Pancrazio Salentino (Br), Italy. Participation in the excavation of a Messapian/Hellenistic settlement and collaboration for the realization of an archaeological park, as a senior archaeologist. In collaboration with the Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome, scientific direction Dr. G.J. Burgers, for Giardini & Paesaggi s.r.l., Napoli. Period: June-October 2009.
-Muro Tenente, Mesagne (Br), Italy. Participation in the excavation of a Messapian/Hellenistic settlement under the scientific direction of Dr. G.J. Burgers (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome). Period: May 2009.
-Montebello Vicentino (Vi), Italy. Participation in the excavation campaign of the site of Montebello Vicentino (VI) for the company Archeidos. Period: January-April 2009.
-Ordona (FG), Italy. Participation in an emergency excavation at Ordona with the archaeological cooperative Nostoi srl (Chioggia, Veneto), of parts of a Daunian (pre-roman) necropolis. Period: July 2008
-Cessalto (VE), Italy. Participation at a preventive survey in the territory of Cessalto (Veneto, Italy) on behalf of the company Veneto Strade S.p.A. (Mestre Venezia). Period: December 2007.
-Montegrotto Terme, Italy. Participation at the excavation of a Roman Republican villa at Montegrotto Terme (Padova, Italy) with the archaeological cooperative Dedalo. Period: July-August 2007.
-Concordia Sagittaria, Italy. Participation at the excavation of a Bronze Age site at Concordia Sagittaria (Veneto, Italy) with the archaeological cooperative Dedalo. Period: June - July 2007.
-Artegna (UD), Italy. Participation at the excavation of a late antique-medieval site at Artegna (Udine, Italy) as field assistant, under the field direction of Dr. Luca Villa. Period: July 2006, November 2006.
-Aquileia, Italy. Participation at the excavation of the Thermal Baths complex at Aquileia (Udine, Italy), with the Università degli Studi di Udine, scientific director Prof. M. Rubinich. Period: July 2005, June 2004, June 2003, June 2002.
-Pompei, Italy. Participation at the excavation of the Temple of Venus at Pompei, with the Scuola di Specializzazione in Archeologia of the Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Matera, scientific director Prof. E. Curti. Period: May - June 2005.
-Attimis, Italy. Participation at the excavation of the medieval castle of Attimis (Udine, Italy), with the Società Friulana di Archeologia on behalf of the Musei civici di Udine (Civic Museums of Udine), director Dr. M. Lavarone. Period: July 2002, July 2001, June - July 2000, June - July 1999.
-Participation at the excavation of a gothic settlement near the Church of S. George at Attimis (Udine, Italy) for the Musei Civici di Udine (Civic Museums of Udine), director Dr .L.Villa. Period: November 2001.
-S. Benedetto dei Marsi, Italy. Participation at the excavation of an amphitheatre and pre-roman graves at S. Benedetto dei Marsi (Avezzano, Italy) on behalf of the Soprintendenza Archeologica dell’Aquila (Board for cultural heritage and preservation, Department of l’Aquila, Italy). Period: June 2001.
-Poggio Imperiale, Poggibonsi, Italy. Participation at the excavation of the medieval settlement of Poggio Imperiale near Poggibonsi (Siena, Italy) with the Università degli Studi di Siena, scientific director Prof. Francovich. Period: September - October 2000.
-Variano, Italy. Participation at the excavation of a protostoric settlement on the hill of S. Leonardo at Variano (Udine, Italy), with the Università degli Studi di Udine, scientific director Prof. G. Cassola. Period: August - September 2000.
-Attimis & Cergneu, Italy. Classification of archaeological material issued from the precedent excavation campaigns of the medieval castles of Attimis and Cergneu (Udine, Italy), with the Società Friulana di Archeologia on behalf of the Civic Museums of Udine. Period: October 1998 - May 1999.
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