I am currently a Marie Sklodowska Curie-IF Fellow at the Archaeology of Social Dynamics (ASD) research group of the Milá y Fontanals Institution (IMF, Barcelona) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
I am specialized in the study of the flaked stone assemblages and, in particular, of the use-wear traces. My research interests are mainly focused on the Mesolithic and Neolithic societies of the Mediterranean area and on their economic and technological organisation.
During my PhD thesis (2010-2014), I have been working on the human adaptation in mountain environments and on the emergence of mobile herding practices. As member of the High Mountain Archaeology group (GAAM – UAB-IMF), I have been leading archaeological survey and excavations in the Pyrenees, in the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
As part of my postdoctoral experience (2015-2018), I have been working at UMR 7055 PréTech (CNRS and Université Paris Nanterre), at the Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie René-Ginouvès (Nanterre, France). Here, I started to study the spread of the Neolithic into the CW Mediterranean and, more specifically, the diffusion of the first crop harvesting technologies.
The MSCA-IF project for which I have recently been awarded is entitled: « QUANT – A Quantitative Approach to Neolithic Plant-working Techniques: From Assessing Tool Use to Modelling Human Dispersals ». The project aims to highlight regional traditions in Neolithic plant-working techniques, and to determine how these were disseminated across the Mediterranean.
Selection of international publications for the last five years
- MAZZUCCO, N., 2018. The Human Occupation of the Southern Central Pyrenees in the Sixth-Third Millennia cal BC: a Traceological Analysis of Flaked Stone Assemblages. British Archaeological Reports International Series. Oxford: BAR Publishing. ISBN: 9781407316611.
- MAZZUCCO, N., Clemente-Conte, I. and E. Gassiot, 2018. Lost in the mountains? The Cova del Sardo and the Neolithisation of the Southern Central Pyrenees (Fifth-Third mill. cal BC). Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 10(2): Available online 3 March 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-018-0603-0.
- MAZZUCCO, N., Guilbeau, D., Kačar, S., Podrug, E., Forenbaher, S., Radić, D., and A. M. Moore, 2018. The time is ripe for a change. The evolution of harvesting technologies in Central Dalmatia during the Neolithic period (6th millennium cal BC). Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 51: 88-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2018.06.003.
- MAZZUCCO, N. and J.F. Gibaja, 2017. A palaeoeconomic perspective on the Early Neolithic lithic assemblages of the N-NE of the Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary International, 472(Part B): 169-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.05.012
- MAZZUCCO, N., Clemente, I., Gassiot, E. and J.F. Gibaja, 2015. Insights into the economic organization of the first agro-pastoral communities of the NE of the Iberian Peninsula: a traceological analysis of the Cueva de Chaves flaked stone assemblage. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2: 353-366. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.02.010