Natural History Museum, London
2005 - present Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Ancient Human Occupation of Britain Project
2007 Research Assistant, Tasmanian human skeletal collection Project.
2002 - 2004 Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow.
PhD in Biological Anthropology, Joint supervision between the University of Marseilles, France and the University of Florence, Italy.
MSc (Masters Equivalent, Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) in Biological Anthropology, University of Marseilles, France.
MA (Masters Equivalent, Diplôme d’Études Approfondies) in Prehistory, University of Aix en Provence, France.
BSc (University Degree, Laurea) in Natural Sciences, University of Turin, Italy.
Lecturer at the School of Human and Life Sciences, Roehampton University, London, UK. Module title: “Human Evolution and Palaeoanthropology”, 48-hour course.
- Examiner for MSc Advanced Methods in Taxonomy and Biodiversity, The Natural History Museum, London, UK
- Contribution at the Residential Summer School (Conservation and Extinction – Past, present and future) run jointly by University College of London and The Natural History Museum, London, UK.
10-hour course on Human Taphonomy and Burial Practices and assessment of students’ oral exams at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy.
Moniteur (Student Tutor) in Biological Anthropology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Marseilles, Marseilles, France.
Contribution at the Palaeolithic and Quaternary (PalQuat) seminars, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford)
Contribution to Departmental Palaeontology Seminars, Dept. Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London.
Series of lectures and seminars at the Faculty of Medicine, Marseilles, France.
Royal Society International Travel Grant 2009/R3 (TG091824). To attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2010). Amount: £ 1334.11
EU Grant: Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. 2-year contract at the Natural History Museum (London, UK). Total amount: 114.072 Euros.
PhD Grant (three years) by the Department of Human Anthropology, University of Florence, Italy. Amount: around £ 20,000.
Improving Grant in Anthropology (for one-year research in a foreign country) by the University of Turin, Italy. Amount: around £ 6,000.
Erasmus Scholarship (9 months), by the University of Turin, Italy. Amount: around £ 2,000
Archaeologist, excavation of the Lower Palaeolithic site at Happisburgh, UK (4 field seasons totalling 9 weeks).
Field anthropologist, excavation of the Upper Palaeolithic cave “Grotte des Pigeons”, Taforalt, Morocco (2 field seasons totalling 4 weeks).
Archaeologist, excavation of the Lower Palaeolithic site at Isernia La Pineta, Italy (2 weeks).
Field anthropologist, and Field Anthropological Supervisor (1999), excavation of a Middle Age necropolis at Berre l'Etang, France (5 field seasons totalling 12 weeks).
Field anthropologist, excavation of a Middle Age necropolis at L’Argentière la Bessée, France.
Field anthropologist, excavation of a Late Roman necropolis at Graveson, France.
The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain (AHOB) is a three-phase project to investigate ancient humans from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic northern Europe, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The third phase, "Dispersals of Early Humans: Adaptations, frontiers and new territories", is funded at £1.1 million and begins 1 October 2009, running for three years after that date.
My main field of research is the Evolution of Human behaviour.
Alicona image of a cut-mark © s.bello
I explore the cultural butchery behaviour of early to anatomically modern humans through micromorphological analyses of bone and teeth surface modifications (e.g. cut-marks, percussion marks). These analyses are complemented by the study of micro-modification of cutting surface on stone tools. The projects employ a newly developed technology (Alicona 3D Infinite Focus imaging microscope) which surpasses any current observational or microscopic method for the analysis of cut-marks. This technology reveals vertical variations in the surface structure, and can therefore be used to interpret differences in the mechanical impact caused by different types of tool, and accordingly to different butchery techniques.
Gough's Cave human skull (Upper Palaeolithic, UK) © s.bello
I investigate the funerary behaviour of prehistoric human populations through the taphonomic analysis of pre- and post-depositional processes affecting human and faunal remains. I am currently involved in collaborative ongoing projects on human cannibalism and the analyses of recently excavated human remains from the Upper Palaeolithic site of Taforalt (Morocco). The Taforalt analyses are conducted in collaboration with Dr Louise Humphrey (Dept. of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London) and Prof. Nick Barton (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford).
My research aims to understand how the information about the past may be affected by the way in which archaeological assemblages are structured and remains are preserved.