PhD Student

PhD program:: XXXVII

supervisor: Prof. Paolo Carafa


I am a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology, XXXVI cycle, and the title of my research is: "Ornata aedificia: Sculptural Furnishings in Residential Contexts of Ancient Lazio between the 2nd century B.C. and the 6th century A.D." The research explores the theme of sculptural works in relation to their provenance context, namely the private domestic sphere, aiming to reestablish the connection between sculptures and the architectural space they were originally part of. Additionally, it seeks to delve into the long-term dynamics of furnishing arrangements, investigating the mechanisms of selecting decorative elements, influenced primarily by the ideology of the social classes commissioning them, as well as practical considerations in acquiring artifacts, such as commercial dynamics and workshop activities.

My academic interests extend beyond the sculptural realm to the study and reconstruction of ancient landscapes. Since 2018, I have actively participated in the "Lazio Antico" project under the guidance of Prof. Carafa, serving as a member and responsible for the analysis and study of the internal southern Lazio area. From 2010 to 2017, I held roles of responsibility in landscape survey focused on studying the chora of the ancient city of Amathus in Cyprus. I have actively contributed to research and excavation projects in several sites, including the southern slopes of the Palatine Hill, the necropolis and settlement of Capestrano-Aufinum, Iuvanum, Santa Cristina-Siena, and the Valley of the Nobles in Luxor.

I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Studies "G. D'Annunzio Chieti-Pescara" and continued my studies at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," obtaining a "Diploma di Specializzazione in Beni Archeologici" (academic year 2019-2020) with a thesis, titled "Archaeological Analysis and Reconstruction of Ancient Landscapes in the Territory of Casinum," supervised by Prof. Paolo Carafa.

Research products

11573/1700807 - 2022 - "Analisi strutturale e studio dei riutilizzi nelle tombe tebane 187 e -348-” Marialaura Di Giovanni, Chiara Santarelli, Renan Lemos,
Santarelli, Chiara; Lemos, Renan; Di Giovanni, Marialaura - 02a Capitolo o Articolo
book: Archaeologiae Una storia al plurale: Studi in memoria di Sara Santoro - ()

11573/1700808 - 2017 - Pyrgos-Agia Marina site. Preliminary report of a rural settlement in Limassol District
Santarelli, Chiara - 04b Atto di convegno in volume
conference: Ancient Cyprus, an unexpected journey. Communities in Continuity and Transition (Torino)
book: Ancient Cyprus, an unexpected journey. Communities in Continuity and Transition - ()

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