Carlo Cocozza

Department of Archaeology

Main Focus

Carlo’s current research at the MPI-SHH aims to explore the complexity of temporal and geographic changes in diet, infant feeding practices and mobility in Late Roman and Medieval Europe by producing new isotopic measurements and the meta-analysis of previously published isotopic data. New isotopic measurements are focused in Mediterranean Europe and in particular Southern Italy where there are major research gaps in contrast to northern Europe. Carlo created a new isotopic database that contains all previously published medieval isotopic measurements (c. 50,000). This is linked to the IsoMemo initiative (http://www.isomemo.com) where novel Bayesian modelling tools are employed for data analysis. 

Carlo follows a transdisciplinary approach, in which isotopic data is combined with bioarchaeological and archaeological data and information gathered from historical records. From this, multiple research questions are addressed concerning complex socio-economic and cultural phaenomena in medieval Europe.


Curriculum Vitae

Carlo has a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Archaeology) from the Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa (Naples, Italy) and a Master’s degree in Bioarchaeology from the University of York (York, UK). He is currently a PhD student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München (Germany) under the supervision of apl. Prof. Dr. Wolf-Rüdiger Teegen, Dr. Ricardo Fernandes (MPI-Shh) and Dr. Enrico Cirelli (Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Italy) and affiliated researcher at the MPI-SHH.  

Carlo’s main interests are the study of human nutrition, infant feeding practices and spatial mobility in Classical and Medieval Europe. He is also interested in researching methodological advances within bioarchaeology, archaeological theory, funerary archaeology, and physical anthropology. In addition to traditional bulk stable isotope analysis, Carlo also employs incremental dentine analysis in his research.

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