Research: Late Pleistocene paleoenvironment, paleoclimate and mobility pattern: stable isotope evidence from the MSA site of Gotera, Southern Ethiopia
Seminew Asrat (CV)
(+39) 35 15 57 36 26
Department of Ancient Sciences
Sapienza University of Rome
2015 - present Archaeology researcher at the National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Present Ph.D. student at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
Research: Late Pleistocene paleoenvironment and paleoclimate: stable
isotope evidence from the archaeological site of Gotera, Southern Ethiopia
2021 MA degree in Archaeology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Thesis: An Investigation of Later Stone Age Lithic Assemblages from Laga
Oda Rock shelter, Southeastern Ethiopia
2020 MSc in Archaeological Material Science (ARCHMAT) from the joint
European Universities (The University of Evora, Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki and the Sapienza University of Rome).
Thesis: Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Evidence of Longobard Diet:
The Case Study of Castel Trosino, Italy
2020 MSc in the Science and Techniques of Cultural Heritage Conservation
and Restoration from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
2014 BA in Archaeology and Heritage Management from Addis Ababa
SHORT TRAINING AND CERTIFICATES
2018 Summer School in Osteoarcheology and Paleopathology from University of Pisa, Italy
2018 Summer School in Jews and Christians between the Mediterranean and the
Indian Ocean: Co-existence and Conflict 600-1800 CE Ruhr-Universität
2017 Field School, “Field Geology and Paleoanthropology of Olduvai Gorge”, Tanzania
2016-2017 Omo Group Research Expedition, “Vertebrate Paleontology”, by
2016 Koobi Fora Field School, West Turkana, Kenya Koobi Fora Field School
2014 Internship at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
2014 Certificate as a founding member of Addis Ababa University Heritage Club
2012 Awarded Good ethics ambassador certificate, Vision Ethiopia Congress for Democracy
2019 Participated in archaeological field in Pompeii and Herculaneum, directed by the
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
2018 Participated in Atapuerca paleoanthropological site fieldwork Burgos, Spain directed by University of Evora.
2017 Participated in the “JewsEast” archaeological exploration around the Semien Mountain
National Park, Northern Ethiopia (Bochum University, Germany).
2017 Participated in the Volcanological and Archaeological Program for Obsidian Research–Afar, Ethiopia (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
2017 Survey of Archaeological Sites in Sheka Zone, Southwestern Ethiopia, as an independent archaeologist (under the ARCCH)
2015-2017 Middle Awash Paleoanthropological Research Project as an assistant archaeologist (University of California, Berkley)
2016 Field Training at Koobi Fora Field School, Kenya (https://cashp.columbian.gwu.edu/)
2016 Participated in the “Southern Red Sea Archaeological Histories” program (SRSAH) http://srsah.mukurtu.net ( directed by Johns Hopkins University)
2016 Survey of “Archaeological Sites of Southern Ethiopia particularly in Sidama and Gedeo Zones”, Ethiopia, as an independent archaeologist (under ARCCH)
2015 Exploration of Late Pleistocene cave and rock shelter occupations along the western margin of the Ethiopian Rift, as an assistant archaeologist (University of Tubingen)
Amharic – mother tongue
English – fluent
Italian - beginner
Portuguese – beginner
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
2022/23 bando avvio alla ricercar, Sapienza University of Rome
2021/22 The Leakey Foundation, Franklin Mosher Baldwin PhD Fellowship
2021/22 Ph.D. fellowship in prehistoric archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome
2021 French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) fieldwork grant for Master thesis
2018/19 Erasmus Mundus European Master Scholarship in Archaeological Materials Science
2019 Conference grant from PAST for the 7th East African Association for Paleoanthropology
and Paleontology (EAAPP) conference Nairobi, Kenya, August 1-5th”
2018 Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST) Osteoarcheology and Paleopathology Summer
School grant at the University of Pisa, Italy
2017 African Ambassador Scholarship, Olduvai Gorge Field School Participation, Tanzania
2017 Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST), Olduvai Gorge Paleoanthropology and Geology
Field School, Tanzania
2016 Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST), Koobi Fora Field School Grant, Kenya
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
2022 Seminew Asrat. The application of stable isotopes for hominin paleoenvironment and paleoclimate reconstruction: evidence from the MSA site of Gotera, Southern Ethiopia; Italian-Ethiopian conference "Human Evolution and Archaeology. New research from the University of Rome La Sapienza in Ethiopia"
2022 Caterina Aureli, Seminew Asrat, Sahleselasie Melaku, Marianna Fusco and Enza Elena Spinapolice. Gotera area, southern Ethiopia: refuge area of East Africa? Insights from the MSA faunal evidence, presented at PanAfrican Archaeology Congress
2022 Marianna Fusco, Seminew Asrat, Caterina Aureli, Francesco Bucci Casari, Sahra Talamo, Michael Meyer, Marina Gallinaro, Andrea Zerboni, Enza Elena Spinapolice; 7th East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) conference
2021 Seminew Asrat, Sara Bernardini, Ileana Micarelli, Giorgio Manzi Mary Anne Tafuri
Contribution to Longobard dietary studies: Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope data from Castel Trosino (6th-8th c. CE, Ascoli Piceno, central Italy). IsoArcH.
2019 (Conference Presentation) Paleoanthropological Sites in Afar, northeast Ethiopia: the Issue of Heritage Management, 7th East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) conference Nairobi, Kenya.
2018 Degsew Zerihun, Dawit Tibebu, Seminew Asrat, Bisrat G/egzabiher, Misganaw G/Michael, A Catalogue on Ethiopian Archaeological Research Areas, Volume 3- Amhara and Tigray (annual book of ARCCH).
(Conference presentation) Reeves J., Douglass, M., Seminew Asrat, Miller M., Seeley S., Braun D., Landscape evolution, digital terrain analysis, and the integrity of surface assemblages: a case study from the Koobi Fora Formation, Society for American Archaeology, Washington DC.http://saa.org/AbouttheSociety/AnnualMeeting/tabid/138/Default.aspx
2017 (Excavation Report) Khalidi L., Seminew Asrat, Bruxelles L., Capellari F., Davtian G., Gabriele M., Gratuze B., Menard C., Mologni C., Oppenheimer C., Tribolo C., Zazzo A., Volcanological and Archaeological Program for Obsidian Research, Afar, Ethiopia, CEPAM – UMR 7264 - -CNRS.
Degsew Zerihun, Fantahun Zelelew, Seminew Asrat, Bisrat G/egzabiher, Misganaw G/Michael, A Catalogue on Ethiopian Archaeological Research Areas, Volume2-Oromia (annual book of ARCCH).
(Conference Poster) Seminew Asrat, Reeves J., Douglass, M., Braun D., Using GIS and 3D Photogrammetry to Understand the Formational History of Surface Lithic Assemblages in Koobi Fora, Kenya, 6th East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (EAAPP) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 30th to August 2nd” https://eaappinfo.wordpress.com/2017-2/2017-conference-abstracts/
UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 11th Session Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2016 Tadele Solomon, Degsew Zerihun, Blade Engida, Fantahun Zelelew, Seminew Asrat, Bisrat G/egzabiher, Misganaw G/Michael, A Catalogue on Ethiopian Archaeological Research Sites, Volume1- Afar.
2019-present Member of SAFA (Society for Africanist Archaeologist)
2012- 2018 Founding member of Heritage Conservation Club in
Addis Ababa University
2013-present Member of Ethiopian Heritage Trust, Non-Governmental Organization
2014-present Member of Ethiopian Archaeologists and Paleontologists Association
(EAPA), Addis Ababa
2015-present Member of Middle Awash Paleoanthropological Research Project
2016-present Member of East African Association for Paleoanthropology and
2017- present Member of Ledi Geraru Archaeological and Paleoanthropological
Research Project, Afar, Ethiopia
2020-present Member of Gotera Paleoanthropological research project
2017 Religious Archaeological Traces of Beta-Israel Community around the Semien Mountains.
2017 Field Report on the Vulcanological and Archaeological Program for Obsidian Research, Afar.
2016 A Survey of Archaeological Sites Sheka Zone, Southwestern Ethiopia, ARCCH.
2016 An archaeological and paleoanthropological field report from Middle Awash Research, ARCCH.
2016 Afield Report on the Southern Red Sea Archaeological Histories (SRSAH) Project, ARCCH.
2016 Co-author: Survey of Archaeological Sites of Southern Ethiopia: Sidama and Gedeo Zones, Ethiopia, ARCCH.
2015 Exploration of Late Pleistocene cave and rock shelter occupations along the western margin of the Ethiopian Rift, Field Report, ARCCH.
Enza Spinapolice (PhD)
Associate Professor of Prehistory,
Department of Ancient sciences,
Sapienza University of Rome
P.le A. Moro, 5
Tel: (+39) 06 499113926
Mary Anne Tafuri (PhD)
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Biology,
Sapienza, University of Rome
P.le A. Moro, 5
Tel: (+39) 06 4991 2329
David Braun (PhD)