Alice La Porta

Alice La Porta



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Archaeology

I began studying Stone Tool Technology in 2008 as part of my Master Degree at University of Ferrara (Italy). Following this, I achieved an International Erasmus Mundus scholarship at the Natural History Museum - Paris.

The main focus of my research is to understand stone tool production and stone tool utilization through techno-functional analysis.

Currently, my PhD investigates the Neanderthal capability of employing stone-tipped wooden spear through the recognition of macroscopic and microscopic use-wear patterns that may distinguish different projectile systems. 


Research interests: 

·         use-wear analysis and microscopy

·         lithic technology

·         experimental archaeology

·         projectile technology 


-       Moncel, M. H., Chacón, M. G., La Porta, A., Fernandes, P., Hardy, B., & Gallotti, R. (2014). Fragmented reduction processes: Middle Palaeolithic technical behaviour in the Abri du Maras shelter, southeastern France. Quaternary International, 350, 180-204.

-       Hosfield, R., Harris, C., Barr, K., La Porta, A., Davis, R., (2016). Experimental approaches to the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: possibilities and prospects. Lithics–The Journal of the Lithic Studies Society, (36), 72.

-       La Porta, A., Moncel, M.H., Raynald, J.P., (2014). “Preliminary results of Middle Paleolithic points from the sites of Maras and Baume-vallee shelters (France): technological analysis and some remarks on macro-traces”. In: V Convegno Nazionale dei Giovani Archeologi- Archeologi in progress: il cantiere  dell'archeologia di domani. Catania, 23-26 May 2013.