Team members

Alain Duplouy
Alain Duplouy is Reader in Greek archaeology at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Alain received his PhD from Brussels and Paris universities in 2003 in both archaeology and history, and his Habilitation from Paris in 2017. He was British Academy visiting scholar in Leeds in 2009, Fulbright scholar at UCLA in 2011 and Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard University in 2018/9. He has led archaeological fieldwork programs in Greece (Itanos) and Italy (Laos and Pietragalla) and has published extensively on elites and citizenship in archaic Greece. As member of the Ancient Cities partnership (www.ancientcities.eu), he is also involved in the making of the European MOOC « Discovering Greek and Roman cities ». As co-director of the Pietragalla project, his main duty is to keep the peaceful atmosphere among project members, to entertain and to feed them properly. For more info, see his personal webpage.

Vincenzo Capozzoli
Classical archaeologist, specialist in topography and ancient architecture. During his PhD study between Italy and Germany, he worked on the archaic and classical topography of Athens and in particular on its city fortification system.
He is currently head of the digital Pole for archaeology and history of art at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he has been working since 4 years with Alain Duplouy for a research project on ancient Lucania. With Alain Duplouy and Agnes Henning, he is the head of the Project.

Agnes Henning
Agnes Henning is one of the three heads of the Pietragalla Project. She is specialized on Lucanian fortified hilltop settlements with a focus on the fortification walls. From 2010 to 2014 she led a project on the settlement structures in ancient Lucania surveying the site of Monte Croccia. When not climbing in the Lucanian mountains she is a permanent Scientific Collaborator at Winckelmann-Institut of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Curator of the institute’s collection of antiquities. She gained her PhD at Köln University with a thesis on the tower tombs of Palmyra (Syria) in 2001, awarded with the so called travelling scholarship of the German Archaeological Institute. In the following years Agnes held several positions at universities and research institutions in Kiel, Berlin, Heidelberg and Rome. Since more than 20 years she is a team member of the German excavations of ancient Selinus (Sicily). For further information visit her at HUB.


Rachel Ramadan-Fourcadier
Rachel Ramadan-Fourcadier is a French student in archaeology and studied mostly in Paris but also in the south of France (Montpellier). Core member of the Project, she has seen it grown since the very beginning. Either in Pietragalla than in Paris, she is contributing actively to the successful completion of the Project. After a bachelor in Classical archaeology, she specialized for her Master dissertations in matters of religion and the practice of cults in pre-roman Italy under the direction of Alain Duplouy and graduated this year.

Paloma Lorente Sebastien
Archaeologist and funerary anthropologist, Paloma Lorente Sebastián is a member of the Pietragalla Project since the birth of the project. During her masters she studied the funerary practices in the indigenous Lucania between the VIII-III BC (at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and in the roman funerary context of Martres-De-Veyre (Puy-de-Dôme, France) (at University Bordeaux). Currently, she continues her investigations in the research projects Lucanie Antique and ArcheoMartres

Gregor Schuster
Gregor Schuster started working on the Pietragalla Project in 2017 and is a core member of the team since then. He finished his Bachelor degree in cultural studies and cultural history, where he took part in several study trips to Iran, Jordan, Turkey, Italy and Israel to study the ancient history and archaeology of those countries. This made him change subjects for his Master in Classical Archaeology, which he studied at the Humboldt Univeristät zu Berlin and for an Erasmus semester at the Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”. During his Master studies Gregor specialized on the research on fortification architecture. Currently he is finishing his master thesis concerning the documentation of the two circuits of city walls surrounding the Monte Torretta di Pietragalla. For several years Gregor was tutoring freshman students of Classical Archaeology at the Humboldt Universität and recently started to work for the museums of the collection of antiquities in Berlin.

Lucia Lecce
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Guido Antinori
Guido Antinori graduated in Archaeological Sciences at Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University with a direct interest in Middle Eastern Archaeology and Mesopotamian glyptic arts. In his dissertation, Guido studied an ancient Iranian glyptic assemblage stored in the University focusing on the employment of modern technologies by proposing the application of a relational database as an analytic tool. Nurturing his interest in scientific mediation, Guido obtained a second degree in “development and promotion of archaeological heritage”, with a study and related internship inscribed in the framework of the Pietragalla Project. From March to July 2019 he was dedicated to the establishment of a promotion program for the Project: making use of digital media, the aim was to enhance the public outreach of the Pietragalla Project.

Cristiana Pace
Cristiana Pace has recently joined the Pietragalla Project. She is new to this field: before applying for a master degree in Archaeology, she received diplomas in Cultural Mediation at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and in Art History at Panthéon Sorbonne University. Now that she has decided to take part in this archaeological adventure, she plans to study the place of women in the Greek sanctuaries of Southern Italy during her master.

Elisa Brandstatt
Elisa Brandstatt is one of the new team members of the Pietragalla project. She’s currently doing a degree in archaeology at the Panthéon Sorbonne University in Paris. She already took part in different excavations of prehistoric sites and an archaeological survey training in France. Studying classical archaeology of Southern Italy is very new for her and she’ll continue to learn more about this field of research by doing from September 2019 a year of exchange with the University of Basilicata in Italy, following the program of cultural heritage.

Other members

Jessica Schneeweis

Michelle Grau

David Andreas

Mia Molitor

Old members

Aline Dauvillier

Felicia Kant

Hannah Volger

Luciarita Nunziata

Mathilde Courcier

Miriam Nova

Patrick Rieger

Rolf Sporleder