Short biographical information:
Cinzia Tavernari earned her MA in Islamic studies at the University of Venice (Italy) and then pursued her academic formation at the Sorbonne University of Paris (France) where she received her PhD in Islamic art and archaeology.
During the last ten years she has been involved in numerous surveys and archaeological missions in Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Morocco. She has taught History of Islamic Art, first at the Institute for Oriental Languages in Paris (France) and then at the University of Pesaro-Urbino (Italy). After a post-doctoral fellowship at MIT (Cambridge) within the framework of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture she joined Abdullah Gül University (Kayseri), where she currently works as Assistant Professor.
Cinzia Tavernari specializes in the archaeology of buildings and in the study of roads using historical and archaeological sources and GIS. Her main research themes are the routes and road caravanserais of the Middle East and the Islamic Architecture of the medieval period in the Middle East.
List of publications
C. Tavernari, “Stones for the travelers: notes on the masonry of Seljuk road caravanserais, in P. Blessing and R. Goshgarian (ed.), Architecture and Landscape in medieval Anatolia 1100-1500, Edinburgh University Press, 2016 (forthcoming).
C. Tavernari and C. Citter, “Percorsi potenziali / percorsi storici nella Siria del periodo islamico”, Agri Centuriati. An International Journal of Landscape Archaeology, 11, 2014, pp. 115-138.
C. Tavernari, “Quelques réflexions sur les caravansérails routiers et l’économie des échanges: le cas du Bilād al-Šām aux époques ayyoubide et mamelouke”, in A. Nef (ed.), Les territoires de la Méditerranée XI-XVI siècle, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2013, pp. 209-228.
C. Tavernari, “From the caravanserai to the road: proposition for a preliminary reconstruction of the Syrian road networks in the Middle Age”, in R. Matthews and J. Curtis (eds.), 7th ICAANE. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Islamic Section), Harassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2012, pp. 711-727.
C. Tavernari, “Les routes du Bilād al-Šām au bas Moyen-Age”, L’émoi de l’Histoire. Routes, chemins et sentiers, 32, 2010, pp. 86-114.
C. Tavernari, “Medieval road caravanserais in Syria: an archaeological approach”, in P. Matthiae, F. Pinnock, L . Nigro, N . Marchetti (ed.), 6th ICAANE. Proceedings of the 6th International Congress on Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (Islamic Section), Harassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2010, pp. 192-205.