Anna Lucia D'Agata

Anna Lucia D’Agata is Research Director at the National Council of Research in Rome ( An archaeologist and an expert of Late Bronze Age and Iron Age in the Eastern Mediterranean, she has taught Aegean Archaeology at the University of Siena for ten years. Her excavations at Sybrita in central-western Crete in 2000s have proved fundamental for the reconstruction of the Early Iron Age of an archaeologically-poorly-known region of the island. In 2000 she started an archaeological survey, in collaboration with Giovanni Salmeri, in the plain of Cilicia, which is at the basis of her interest for this area of the Mediterranean. Since 2012 she directs the Misis Höyük Excavations Project ( Her current research interests include the formation of city states in Cilicia at the beginning of the first millennium BC; and the funerary rituals in Crete and the Aegean in the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. Since 2014 she is the Editor-in-Chief of SMEA Nuova Serie, one of the few journals devoted to the archaeology, philology and history of pre-classical Greece and Eastern Mediterranean ( She has given lectures and seminars in various schools and universities in Italy and abroad. She is author of more than 150 publications including 5 monographs (


Giovanni Salmeri is professor of Roman History and Latin Epigraphy at the University of Pisa. He has studied at the University of Catania and at the University of Oxford. His main research interest is in the history of Asia Minor under the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Since 1990 he has organized more than twenty international conferences and seminars mostly dealing with the social and economic history of the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2003 he has been visiting professor at the University of Yale, and he has given lectures and seminars at the Universities of Oxford, Exeter, Tours, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Berkeley, Duke, Berlin, Princeton and others more. From 2000 to 2011, together with Anna Lucia D’Agata, he has directed the Cilicia Survey Project in the region of Çukurova, and now he his responsible for Ancient History in the Misis Höyük Excavations Project. From 2011 to 2017 he has been director of Course of Doctorate in History of the University of Pisa. He is author of more than one hundred publications including monographs and scientific articles on history and culture of Asia Minor.



Giovanni Salmeri


Çukurova University, Faculty of Education, Fine Arts Education Department 01330 Balcalı, Sarıçam, ADANA, TURKEY