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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Dr Marco Nebbia

Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology
Room number: 001

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Marco is a landscape archaeologist interested in the origins of prehistoric urbanism. 

He holds a BSc (2008) and MA (2012) in landscape archaeology obtained at the University of Padova (Italy).

During the Master, he co-founded the commercial unit ArcSAT s.n.c specialised in preventive and rescue archaeology.

In 2017, he obtained a PhD in Archaeology at Durham University.

Research Interests

During his doctoral research at Durham University he focussed on the Chalcolithic Trypillia mega-sites that developed in Ukraine during the 4thmillennium BC. He combines quantitative methods such as spatial statistics and social theory to investigate the transition from village to urban identities and how this affected the built environment as well as the landscape in its broader sense. He is also interested in cross-cultural comparative studies on the origin of global urbanism and on how to combine large scale patterns with the local in(dividual) scale.

Capacity building and knowledge transfer

Alongside Marco has been involved in capacity building projects at Durham where he designed and delivered a number of training courses on GIS and remote sensing directed to staff members of the Department of Antiquity of Libya (DOA). The training sessions focus on the use of GIS as a tool to produce risk maps that will help the DOA in prioritising fieldwork in conflict areas. The datasets used in the courses were collected during field surveys conducted by the same members of DOA. Marco used this opportunity to develop a collaborative methodology in order to monitor and protect the cultural heritage in Libya. 

Marco is currently employed in this Department within the British Council Cultural Protection Fund funded project Training in Action to design and deliver training on field survey techniques and GIS data management to staff members of DOA and the Institut National de Patrimoine de Tunisie (INP). Marco carries out the field training on a multi-period coastal site in southern Tunisia.

Research Interests

  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Field Archaeology
  • Origins of prehistoric urbanism
  • Quantitative methods in Archaeology
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Social Theory
  • Approaches to Cultural Heritage Management

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Johnston, S, Litkevych, V., Diachenko, A., Gaydarska, B., Voke, P., Nebbia, M. & Chapman, J. (2018). The Nebelivka experimental house construction and house-burning, 2014 – 2015. In Alternative approached to house studies. Spasić, M. Gradski Muzej Beograda.
  • Brogiolo, G.P, De Guio, A., Betto, A., Nebbia, M. & Fasson, E. (2012). I primi risultati del remote sensing e cartografia storica nel territorio di Montegrotto Terme. In Montegrotto Terme e il termalismo in Italia. Aggiornamenti e nuove prospettive di valorizzazione. Bassani, M., Bressan, M. & Ghedini, F. Padova University Press. 26: 15-54.

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