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Dr Enza E. Spinapolice
Research Associate In-Africa project
Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies Department of Archaeology & Anthropology University of Cambridge



Research interests
I am a palaeolithic archaeologist, broadly fascinated by the archaeological and behavioural signatures of “What makes us humans”. My research focus is on the origins of modern humans, the Neanderthal extinction, and the concept of behavioural modernity. I am particularly interested in the interactions between culture and biological evolution, as well as in the cultural, social and demographic processes of prehistoric hunter-gatherers from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective.

Current Projects PI(s) Funding
In Africa: The Role of East Africa in the Evolution of Human Diversity M Mirazon Lahr European Research Council
Italian Archaeological Mission at melka Kunture (Ethiopia) Margherita Mussi (Rome Sapienza) MIUR – Italian Ministry of Education; MAE
Italian Archaeological Mission in Southern Ethiopia Enza E. Spinapolice MIUR, MAE, Leakey Foundation (pending)

New Excavation at Uluzzo C (Salento, Puglia, Italy)

Enza E. Spinapolice

Max Planck Institute Leipzig; Bologna University

Recent Projects PI(s) Funding


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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


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Marie Curie Fellowship

Italian – Lybian Mission in the Gebel Gharbi (Libya

Elena A. A. Garcea, Barbara Barich


Salento Survey Project Enza E. Spinapolice Istituto Italiano di Paleontologia Umana




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