Pamela Fragnoli, ÖAI/ÖAW,
Technological and archaeometric study of ancient ceramics
Pamela Fragnoli studied Archaeological Sciences at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, where she specialized in petrographic, mineralogical and geochemical methods applied to ancient ceramic vessels. After having obtained her PhD in 2012 at the University of Ferrara, she received various post-doc fellowships at the University of Modena, Naples, Heidelberg and Berlin. Since 2017 she has been employed at the Austrian Archaeological Institute of Vienna (ÖAI), where she is head of the research group “Object itineraries”, especially concerning archaeometric applications. Her main research interests are the diachronic study of craft organisation in relation to cultural, economic and political changes as well as the reconstruction of exchange networks involving raw materials, objects of different meaning and function as well as ideas, models and technological knowledge. As pottery specialist she is involved in many international projects in the Mediterranean, Central Europe and south-western Asia, dealing with findings dating from the Neolithic to the Late Antique period. More recently, she has been also involved in projects focused on pigment and brick analyses as well as in the ÖAI unit heritage studies.