Simonetta Menchelli got a B.A. degree (with a thesis in Ancient Topography under the supervision of Prof. Marinella Pasquinucci) from the University of Pisa (1983); she then did a PhD (Rome) in Archaeology, about topograghical aspects of the Pisan-Volaterran territory (1987).
After having been a Technician in the Ancient Topography Laboratory and the Professor in charge of the courses of Ancient Topography, Laboratory of Ancient Topography and Underwater Archaeology,she is now Associate Professor of these courses at the University of Pisa.
She has conducted research in Italy (Tuscany, Liguria, the Marches) and Europe (Corsica, Albania and Hungary).
Her research interests include :
-Archaeological excavations and survey methodology, with the application of non-destructive diagnostic techniques;
-The study of ancient buildings : their typologies and construction techniques; documentation methods;
-Ancient pottery, with a specific interest in the archaeometric aspects, mainly in collaboration with Claudio Capelli (University of Genoa);
-The archaeology of production, trade and transport systems.
She has presented papers on these topics at national and international Conferences, in Italy and abroad.
She is a member of international scientific Associations (RCRF; LRCW; Cèramopôle) and regularly participates in their activities.
She has published over 150 works including four books which she edited:
(M. Pasquinucci), S. Menchelli editors, Pisa: le terme "di Nerone", Pontedera 1989, pp. 1-121.
(M. Pasquinucci), S. Menchelli editors, La cartografia archeologica. Problemi e prospettive, Pisa 1989, pp. 1-305.
S.Menchelli, (M.Pasquinucci) editors, Territorio e produzioni ceramiche : paesaggi, economia e società in età romana, Pisa 2006, pp. 1-421.
S.Menchelli, (S.Santoro, M.Pasquinucci, G. Guiducci) editors, LRCW3, Late Roman Coarse Wares, Cooking Wares and Amphorae in the Mediterranean, Archeopress BAR Int. Ser. 2185 (I-II), Oxford 2010, pp. 1-1039.
She published her research about the Piceni Landscape in the monograph :
S.Menchelli, Paesaggi piceni e romani nelle Marche meridionali. L'ager Firmanus dall'età tardo-repubblicana alla conquista longobarda, Pisa 2012, pp. 1-198.
Archaeological Projects in progress
Vada Volaterrana Project
The centuriatio of the ager Pisanus
Pisa South Picenum Survey Projects II (2014-2017).
Some of Simonetta Menchelli’s papers, grouped under specific topics, can be downloaded from HERE