Università degli Studi di Firenze
Stefania Mazzoni is an Italian archaeologist born in Rome in 1946. After completing the studies at the University of Rome la Sapienza in Archaeology and Art History of the ancient Near East in 1974, she became lecturer in 1975, associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 2001 at the University of Pisa teaching Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East, Phoenician and Punic Archaeology, Prehistory and Protohistory of the Near East; in 2006 she was appointed at the University of Florence. She has started her field activity in Syria in 1968 in the missions of the University of Rome la Sapienza at Tell Mardikh/Ebla, Tell Fray, Tell Tuqan and Tell Afis . She has also worked in the projects of the University of Florence in North Yemen. She is director of the archaeological project of Tell Afis (Syria-Idlib) since 1986 and the archaeological mission in central Anatolia at Uşaklı Höyük (Turkey-Yozgat) since 2008.
Author of numerous articles and volumes and co-editor of volumes and archaeological reports, she has organised and co-organised international conferences on new foundations (Pisa 1991), the ARCANE project launching (Pisa 2002), Syrian and Phoenician ivories (Pisa 2004), Syrian archaeology (Pisa 2006), Anatolian archaeology (Florence 2010, 2014).
As a field archaeologist she conducted excavations in levels and structures of different periods, such as the Late Chalcolithic walls at Tell Afis, the Early Bronze Age IV Palace G at Ebla, the Iron Age Temple A at Tell Afis, and analysed the related pottery and material assemblages. Following this activity, she carried out researches on the Secondary Urbanisation of northern Levant, and expecially pottery and glyptics of the Early Bronze Age, and on the refinement of the periodization of Iron I-III in Syria and the Syro-Hittite art and ideology.