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Being an LGBTQ+ grad student and researcher in Cambridge: a journey to become a role model.

Alessandro Ceccarelli, University of Cambridge(original article available here) “Our colleagues make homophobic jokes at meetings, but nobody really says anything - they are just jokes! We do not talk about gender and sexuality at work. People do not talk about their sexuality all the time, why should we?”  Comments like these welcomed me when I arrived… Continue reading Being an LGBTQ+ grad student and researcher in Cambridge: a journey to become a role model.

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Archaeological Research in India : From Cambridge to the Indus Civilisation

The original Blog Post can be found at the following link: https://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/news/archaeological-research-in-india For my PhD research, under the supervision of Dr Cameron Petrie, Prof Charly French and Dr Patrick Quinn, I am working on producers, crafts and technologies of the Indus Civilisation (2500–1900 BC) in northwest India. Simply put, I spend a lot of time… Continue reading Archaeological Research in India : From Cambridge to the Indus Civilisation

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The Indus Civilisation in Athens, Greece

Ancient South Asian crafts and technologies meet ancient and modern Greece Find the original post on the Fitch Blog, BSA, British School at Athens. You might wonder why an Italian researcher from Rome, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, went to Athens to work on archaeological materials from Ancient India. Well, the reason is… Continue reading The Indus Civilisation in Athens, Greece

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Ethnoarchaeology of crafts in villages in north-west India

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – Alessandro here.  After spending 4 months in India, studying ancient ceramic artefacts and working on the excavation at Lohari Ragho (link), Haryana, I am finally back in Cambridge, with plenty of samples. As mentioned in a previous blogpost (link), I spent several weeks at Banaras Hindu… Continue reading Ethnoarchaeology of crafts in villages in north-west India

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The City of Gods and Ancient Indus Craft Traditions

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro. I am currently writing from India, more specifically from Varanasi, an exceptional city in Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. You might say, “Wait a second – there is no Indus settlement in Varanasi! What are you doing there?” The answer is simple: I am… Continue reading The City of Gods and Ancient Indus Craft Traditions

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Fire! Fire! – Or why archaeologists investigate ancient firing technologies

Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro, your friendly neighbourhood ceramic specialist. In the last few weeks, I have been busy re-firing some archaeological ceramics in a furnace at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. You might ask “Why do you put ancient pottery in an oven?” Although it… Continue reading Fire! Fire! – Or why archaeologists investigate ancient firing technologies

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Introducing the APT Petro-Lab

Affordable, Practical and Transportable Petrographic Laboratory Original post on the TwoRains Blog. Hi again – it is Alessandro, your neighbourhood ceramic specialist. In a previous post on Indus Ceramics (link here) I mentioned some of my daily tasks as part of the TwoRains research project in Cambridge: amongst them, ceramic thin-section petrography, which I am using to… Continue reading Introducing the APT Petro-Lab