Dr. Francesco Berna: Selected Recent Publications

  • Berna F. (in press) Chapter 39 - FTIR microscopy. in: Encyclopedia of Archaeological Soil and Sediment Micromorphology, Nicosia C. and G. Stoops (eds), Wiley
  • Sandgathe D. and F. Berna (2017) Fire and Genus Homo: An introduction to the Wenner-Gren Symposium Series Supplement 16. Current Anthropology Vol. 58, Supplement (S) 16 (in press)
  • Berna F. (2017) Geo-Ethnoarchaeology study of the traditional Tswana dung floor from the Moffat Mission Church, Kuruman, North Cape Province, South Africa. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (available on line)
  • Toffolo M., Brink J., van Huyssteen C.and F. Berna (2017) A microstratigraphic reevaluation of the Florisbad spring site, Free State Province (South Africa): formation processes and paleoenvironment. Geoarchaeology (available on line)
  • Spagnuolo V., Marciani G., Aureli D., Berna F., Boscato P., Ranado F., Ronchitelli A. (2016). Between hearths and volcanic ash: The SU 13 palimpsest of the Oscurusciuto rock shelter (Ginosa – Southern Italy): Analytical and interpretative questions. Quaternary International  417: 105 - 121 (available online)
  • Berna F. 2015. Wonderwerk Cave (South Africa) In K.B. Metheny & M.C.Beaudry (Eds.), Archaeology of Food - An Encyclopedia  (pp. 552-554) Rowman & Littlefield, Lenham, MD.
  • Toffolo M., Brink J., Berna F. (2015). Bone diagenesis at the Florisbad spring site, Free State Province (South Africa): implications for the taphonomy of the Middle and Late Pleistocene faunal assemblages. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 4,152-163.
  • Goldberg P., Berna F., Chazan M. (2015). Deposition and diagenesis in the Earlier Stone Age of Wonderwerk Cave, Excavation 1, South Africa. African Archaeological Review (available on line)
  • Hershkovitz I., Marder O., Ayalon A., Bar-Matthews M., Yasur G., Boaretto E., Caracuta V., Alex B., Frumkin A., Goder-Goldberger M., Gunz P., Holloway R.L., Latimer B., Lavi R., Matthews A., Slon V., Bar-Yosef Mayer D., Berna F., Bar-Oz G., Yeshurun R., May H., Hans M.G., Weber G., & Barzilai O. (2015). Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans. Nature, 520, 216–219. doi:10.1038/nature14134
  • Adler D. S., Wilkinson K. N., Blockley S., Mark D. F., Pinhasi R., Schmidt-Magee B. A., Nahapetyan S., Mallol C., Berna F., Glauberman P. J., Raczynski-Henk Y., Wales N., Frahm E., Jöris O., MacLeod A., Smith V. C., Cullen V. L., and Gasparian B. (2014). Early Levallois technology and the Lower to Middle Paleolithic transition in the Southern Caucasus. Science, 345, 1609-1613.
  • Locher P., Berna F. 2014. Holocene human interaction and adaptation to geological and climatic changes in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Canyon, and Coast Mountain area of British Columbia: A geoarchaeological view". In S. Dashtgard &  B. Ward (eds), Trials and Tribulations of Life on an Active Subduction Zone: Field Trips in and around Vancouver, Canada (pp 53-77) Geological Society of America Field Guide 38.
  • Shahack-Gross R., Berna F., Karkanas P., Lemorini C., Gopher A., Barkai R. (2014). Evidence for the repeated use of a central hearth at Middle Pleistocene (300 ky ago) Qesem Cave, Israel. Journal of Archaeological Science44, 12-21.
  • Sistiaga A., Berna F., Laursen R., Goldberg P. (2014). Steroidal Biomarker Analysis of a 14,000 Years Old Putative Human Coprolite from Paisley Cave, Oregon. Journal of Archaeological Science 41, 813-817.
  • Dewar R.E., Radimilahy C., Wright H.T., Jacobs Z., Kelly G.O., Berna F. (2013). Stone tools and foragers in northern Madagascar: Holocene extinction models questioned. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science110 (31), 12583-12588.
  • Berna F., Goldberg P., Kolska Horwitz L., Brink J., Holt S., Bamford M., Chazan M. (2012). Microstratigraphic evidence of in situ fire in the Acheulean strata of Wonderwerk Cave, Northern Cape province, South Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 109 (20), E1215-E1220.
  • Chazan M., Wilkins J., Morris D., Berna F. (2012). Bestwood 1: A Newly Discovered Earlier Stone Age Living Surface Near Kathu, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Antiquity 86 – 331 – March 2012 Project Gallery
  • Simms S., Berna F., Bey III G. (2012). A prehispanic Maya pit oven? Microanalysis of fired clay balls from the Puuc region, Yuctatan, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (2), 1144-1157.
  • Poduska K.M., Regev L., Berna F., Mintz E., Milevski I., Khalaily H., Weiner S., Boaretto E. (2012). Plaster characterization at the PPNB site of Yiftahel (Israel) including the use of  14C: implications for plaster production, preservation and dating. Radiocarbon 54 (3-4), 887-896.
  • Wadley L., Sievers C., Bamford M., Goldberg P., Berna F., Miller C. (2011). Middle Stone Age bedding construction and settlement patterns at Sibudu, South Africa. Science, 334, 1388-1391.
  • Ferring R., Oms O., Augusti J., Berna F., Nioradze M., Shelia T., Tappen M., Vekua A., Zhvania D., and Lordkipanidze D. (2011). Earliest human occupations at Dmanisi (Georgian Caucasus) dated to 1.85-1.78 Ma. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 108, 10432-10436.
  • Berna F. Bone alteration and diagenesis. (2010). In G. Artoili (Ed.) Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage. An Introduction to the Application of Materials Science to Archaeometry and Conservation Science (pp. 365-367), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Goldberg P., Berna F., and Macphail R.I. (2009). Comment on DNA from Pre-Clovis Human Coprolites in Oregon, North America. Science325, 148b-148c.
  • Berna F. and Goldberg P. (2007). Assessing Paleolithic pyrotechnology and associated hominin behavior in Israel. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences56, 107-121.
  • Berna F., Behar A., Shahack-Gross R., Berg J., Zorn J., Boaretto E., Gilboa A., Sharon I., Shalev S., Silshtein S., and Weiner S. (2007). Sediments Exposed to High Temperatures: Reconstructing Pyrotechnological Practices in Late Bronze and Iron Age Strata at Tel Dor (Israel). Journal of Archaeological Science34, 358-373.
  • Berna F., Matthews A., and Weiner S. (2004). Solubilities of Bone Mineral from Archaeological Sites: the Recrystallization Window. Journal of Archaeological Science, 31, 867-882.