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Tanasi, D., Caso, G., Tykot, R.H., & Amoroso, D. (2019, May 07). Petrographic and chemical characterization of Middle Bronze Age pottery from Sicily: towards a definition of an Etnean production. Rendiconti Lincei, Scienze Fisiche e Naturali.

Delaere, C., Capriles, J.M., and Stanish, C. (2019). Underwater ritual offerings in the Island of the Sun and the formation of the Tiwanaku state. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 201820749.

Klehm, C., Barnes, A., Follett, F., Simon, K., Kiahtipes, C., and Mothulatshipi, S. (2019). Toward archaeological predictive modeling in the Bosutswe region of Botswana: Utilizing multispectral satellite imagery to conceptualize ancient landscapes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. Academic Press 54: 68–83.

Schmitt, D.N., Lupo, K.D., Ndanga, J.P., Young, D.C., Kiahtipes, C.A., Amaye, G.T., et al. (2019). An elusive record further exposed: additional excavations and chronometric data on human settlement in the northern Congo Basin rain forest, southern Central African Republic. Azania. Routledge 54(1): 55–74.

Tanasi, D., Brunelli, D., Cannavò, V., & Levi, S.T. (2019). Archaeometric characterization of Prehistoric pottery from Baħrija, Malta. Journal of Archaeological Science Report 27, pp. 1-15.

Tanasi, D., Gradante, I., & Hassam, S. (2019). Best practices for digital recording and global sharing of catacombs from Late Roman Sicily. Studies in Digital Heritage 3.1, pp. 60-82.

Tanasi, D. & Veca, C. (2019). Incontri e Mobilità nel Mediterraneo preistorico. Le necropoli siciliane di Cozzo del Pantano e Matrensa. British Archaeological Report International Series 2950, Oxford: BAR Publishing.

Stanish, C. (2018, July 05). How Feasting Ritual Help Shape Human Civilizations.

Tanasi, D. (2018, February 13). Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture. The Conversation.

Gueli, A.M., Pasquale, S., Tanasi, D., Hassam, S., Garro, V., Lemasson, Q., Moignard, B., Pacheco, C., Pichon, L., Stella, G., & Politi, G. (2018). Non-destructive analysis of Late Roman and Byzantine glasses from ancient Sicily: Methodological challenges and measurable results. Measurement 128, pp. 677-685.

Kiahtipes, C.A. (2018). Microbotanical assessment of anthropogenic impacts in the Ngotto Forest, central African republic during the last millennium AD. Plants and People in the African Past: Progress in African Archaeobotany. Springer International Publishing, 481–502.

Lupo, K.D., Kiahtipes, C.A., Schmitt, D.N., Ndanga, J-P., Craig Young, D. and Simiti, B. (2018). An elusive record exposed: radiocarbon chronology of late Holocene human settlement in the northern Congo Basin, southern Central African Republic. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. Taylor & Francis 53(2): 209–227.

Milotta, F. L. M., Stanco, F., Tanasi, D., & Gueli, A. M. (2018). Munsell Color Specification using ARCA - Automatic Recognition of Color for Archaeology. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage 11.4 (17), pp. 11-15.

Stanish, C. and Tantaleán, H. (2018).  The Chincha Lines. Ñawpa Pacha, Journal of Andean Archaeology, pp. 1–31. 

Tanasi, D., Greco, E., Ebna Noor, R., Feola, S., Kumar, V., Crispino, A., & Gelis, I. (2018). 1H NMR, 1H-1H 2D TOCSY and GC-MS analyses for the identification of olive oil on Early Bronze Age pottery from Castelluccio (Noto, Italy). Analytical Methods 10, 2757, pp. 1-8.

Tanasi, D., Tykot, R.H., Vianello, A., & Hassam, S. (2018). Stable isotope analysis of the dietary habits of a Greek community in Archaic Syracuse (Sicily): a pilot study. STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research 3.2, pp. 1-13.

Stanco, F., Tanasi, D., Allegra, D., Milotta, F. L. M., Lamagna, G., & Monterosso, G. (2017). Virtual anastylosis of Greek sculpture as museum policy for public outreach and cognitive accessibility. Journal of Electronic Imaging 26.1, pp. 1-12.

Stanish, C. (2017). The evolution of human co-operation: Ritual and social complexity in stateless societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tanasi, D., Greco, E., Di Tullio, V., Capitani, D., Gullì, D., & Ciliberto, E. (2017). 1H-1H NMR 2D-TOCSY, ATR FT-IR and SEM-EDX for the identification of organic residues on Sicilian prehistoric pottery. Microchemical Journal 135, pp. 140-147.

Tykot, R.H., Tanasi, D., & Vianello, A. (2017). Topical Issue on Portable XRF in Archaeology and Museum Studies. Open Archaeology 3, De Gruyer.

Tantaleán, H., Stanish, C., Rodríguez, A., & Pérez, K. (2016, May 04). The Final Days of Paracas in Cerro del Gentil, Chincha Valley, Peru. PLOS One 11.5 (2016): e0153465.

Knudson, K., Stanish, C., Lozada Cerna, M.C., Faull, K., and Tantaleán, H.  (2016). Intra-individual variability and strontium isotope measurements: A methodological study using 87Sr/86Sr data from Pampa de los Gentiles, Chincha Valley, Peru. Journal of Archaeological Science. Reports 5: 590–597.

Orlando, A., & Tanasi, D. (2016). Rediscovering the Maltese temple of Borġ in-Nadur: an archaeoastronomical perspective. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 16.4, pp. 175-178.

Weinberg, C., Nigra, B. T., Lozada, M. C., Stanish, C. S., & Tantalean, H. (2016). Demographic Analysis of a Looted late Intermediate Period Tomb, Chincha Valley, Peru. In Andean Past (Vol. 12, Article 8, pp. 134-154).
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Rodriguez-Ruiz De Almodovar, C., Bermudez Coronel-Prats, R., Barone, G., Cultrone, G., Mazzoleni, P., & Tanasi, D. (2015, April 22). Petrochemical Characterization of Bronze Age pottery from the settlement of MT. San Paolillo (Catania, Italy). Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, pp. 1-10.

Barone, G., Crupi, V., Longo, F., Majolino, F., Mazzoleni, P., Raneri, S., Texeira, J., Tanasi, D., & Venuti, V. (2015). Technological analysis of Sicilian prehistoric pottery production through small angle neutron scattering technique. Periodico di Mineralogia  84.1, pp. 1-22.

Lupo, K.D., Schmitt, D.N., Kiahtipes, C.A., Ndanga, J-P., Craig Young, D., and Simiti, B. (2015). On intensive late Holocene iron mining and production in the northern Congo Basin and the environmental consequences associated with metallurgy in central Africa. PLoS ONE 10(7): 1–23

Raneri, S., Barone, G., Mazzoleni, P., & Tanasi, D. (2015). “Mobility of men versus mobility of goods: archaeometric characterization of Middle Bronze Age pottery in Malta and Sicily (15th-13th century BC)”. Periodico di Mineralogia 84.1, pp. 23-44.

Stanish, C. and Tantaleán, H. (2015). The Strange Site of Monte Sierpe (Band of Holes) in the Pisco Valley, Peru.  Backdirt. 70-75. Cotsen Institute.

Tanasi, D. & Vella, N. (2015). The late prehistory of Malta: essays on Borġ in-Nadur and other sites.  Oxford: Archaeopress.

Stanish, C., Tantalean, H., Nigra, B. T., & Griffin, L. (2014, May 20). A 2,300-year-old architectural and astronomical complex in the Chincha Valley, Peru. PNAS,111(20), 7218-7223. 

Nigra, B., Jones, T., Bongers, J., Stanish, C., Tantalean, H., & Perez, K. (2014). The Chincha Kingdom: The Archaeology and Ethnohistory of the Late Intermediate Period South Coast, Peru. Backdirt, 36-47.

Stanish, C., Chavez, C., Plourde, A., and LaFavre, K. (2014). The Northern Titicaca Basin Survey: Huancané-Putina. Museum of Anthropology Monographs, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Stanish, C. (2013). What was Tiwanaku? In Visions of Tiwanaku. Edited by A. Vranich and C. Stanish, pp. 151-166. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles.

Craig, N., Speakman, R.J., Popelka-Filcoff, R., Aldenderfer, M., Blanco, L.F., Vega, M.B., Glascock, M.D., and Stanish, C. (2010). Macusani obsidian from southern Peru: A Characterization of its Elemental Composition with a Demonstration of its Ancient Use. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(3):569-576

 Stanish, C.  (2008). Explanation in Archaeology, Overview.  In Encyclopedia of Archaeology, edited by D. Pearsall, pp. 1358-1364.  Academic Press, New York.