D’Anna, Maria Bianca

Freie Universität Berlin

Research Title: Diverse and fluid identities. Local traditions and assimilation of external elements in the ceramic production at Tepecik (Altınova, Elazığ) during the Chalcolithic period

After university education in social work sciences, Dr. D’Anna studies the archaeology of Southwest Asia and prehistory at Sapienza Rome University. She received her PhD from the Free University in Berlin in 2019. Her dissertation focuses on the Arslantepe Period VI A pottery (ca 3400–3100 cal. BCE) and investigates the role of ceramic containers in mediating food-related practices. The study also concerns how food and food-related practices constructed power relations in a non-urban context characterized by social and political inequality, economic centralization, and redistribution of primary resources.
Her major fields of interest are pottery studies, the role of food politics and commensality in early complex societies, practice theory, and the formation of social and economic inequality in Mesopotamia. After conducting fieldwork in Türkiye and Syria, she is currently working on the Late Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Northern Mesopotamia and Southern Caucasus.
Her project at ANAMED focuses on Tepecik (Altınova, Elazığ). Through a technological, morphological, and functional study of Late Chalcolithic ceramics, she aims to identify production spheres and explore how different ceramic traditions coexisted at Tepecik and possibly mediated specific activities. The diversity of the Late Chalcolithic ceramic assemblages of the region embodied the complex interrelations of the Upper Euphrates communities among them and with the Uruk world as well as other Anatolian regions during a period of profound social, economic, and political changes.