All the research activities in the field of prehistoric and medieval archaeology refer to the “Bernardino Bagolini” Laboratory (LAB). Directed by professor Annaluisa Pedrotti (Prehistory and Protohistory Lecturer) and supervised by dr. Fabio Cavulli (technician archaeologist); a large team belongs to the LAB: professor Diego E. Angelucci (Methodology of archeological research), professor Stefano Grimaldi (Anthropology), professor Elisa Possenti (Medieval Archaeology), professor Elena Dai Pra’ as well as esternal lecturers or from other departments, contract researchers, doctoral candidates, students from the Department of Humanities and volunteers (Servizio Civile).
Researchs conducted by the LAB concern historical geography and archaeology including, as for the last one, all the human Prehistory and Medieval time span with particolar attention to the methodological aspects, to the land use and to the genesis of archaeological stratification. They have as topic the territory of Trentino and of the Po valley, in general, non excluding other italian and europen regions, as Sicily, the Iberian Peninsula, Romania. The LAB acts in close collaboration with the institutions from Trentino (MUSE – Science Museum, FBK – Fondazione Bruno Kessler and Soprintendenza Archeologica), academic and research institutions, national and international, in the framework of projects cofunded by the Provincia Autonoma di Trento, the European Community, MIUR, CNR, and the Department itself. Among the recent projects it is pointed out the restart of the researches in the Gaban rock shelter, one of the most representative stations of Prehistory of Trentino, the european network ALPINET coordination and the participation to the APSAT (acronym of: Archeologia dei Paesaggi e dei Siti di Altura Trentini) project.
The LAB is equipped in order to realize recovery treatments, archiving, archaeological evidence classification and reproduction; findings selection and sampling for detail’s analysis; organic and inorganic sample’s analysis (in collaboration with the Engineering and Science Departments); data’s documentary research and archiving in GIS Photogrammetry and Georeference; sample’s analysis with the stereoscopic microscope, the metallurgical microscope and the petrographic microscope. It is also provided with an extended archaeological library.