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Department of Archaeology


Dr Paolo Forlin, BA PhD

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Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology

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Paolo Forlin is a medieval archaeologist mainly interested in landscape archaeology, environmental archaeology and archaeosesimology in Europe and Mediterranean.

He graduated with cum laude grade at the University of Padua in 2004. In 2009, at the same University, he obtained a degree in Medieval and Late Antiquity Archaeology at the Specialisation School in Archaeology. 

Paolo completed his PHD in Archaeology at the University of Trento in Italy in 2012, discussing a thesis on medieval landscapes of Eastern Trentino Alpine Valleys. In his research, he examined the evolution of settlement patterns and land use, including the analysis of field systems, by combining innovative remote sensing analyses (i.e. Lidar and IR imagery), field research, reviews of old archaeological data and the study of medieval documents. Hereafter, Paolo was awarded of a postdoctoral grant from the Université of Franche-Comté (Besançon, France) to study the medieval landscapes surrounding the city of Besançon. He undertook this research at the Maison des Science de l’Homme et de l’Environnement ‘Claude Nicolas Ledoux’ in 2013.

In April 2014, Paolo started a Marie Curie Fellowship in Medieval Archaeology at Durham University, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Gerrard (Head of the Department of of Archaeology) and Prof. Dave Petley (Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography). His research is focused on a Marie Curie funded project called ArMedEa (, the acronym for Archaeology of Medieval Earthquakes in Europe (1000-1550 AD). The core aim of this project is to better understand earthquake events in Europe in the Middle Ages using archaeological data. 

In Italy, Paolo led several excavation campaigns at the medieval sites of Montegrotto Terme - Via Neroniana, Vittorio Veneto - San Rocco, Vittorio Veneto - via Malanotti. Since 2012, he is also the supervisor for the constituting archaeological museum of Lamon (Italy) and from 2013 collaborates with the 'Algundei’ museum at Dosoledo (Italy) on a project devoted to the Lidar analysis of the Comelico Superiore dolomitic landscape. 


Research Interests

  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Archaeoseismology
  • Archaeology of Environmental Hazards
  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Remote sensing in Archaeology
  • GIS in Archaeology

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2014: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (Venice): Award "A. Valcanover" for the best PhD Thesis (years 2012-2013) devoted to the analysis of the Mountain, in one of its aspects related to the environmental, natural, geological and forestal sciences.