Vanessa Forte is a post-doc researcher at the University of Pisa and Honorary Fellow at the Department of Classics of Sapienza University of Rome where she obtained her PhD. After obtaining her PhD she was awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Individual Fellowship (Horizon 2020) for her post doc research focused on craft specialisation, carried out at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University (UK). She has been and is currently part of national and international teams studying prehistoric and historical contexts in Italy, Serbia, Egypt and Iraq. Her current research focuses on socio-cultural dynamics and in particular concerning inequality and social complexity in ancient communities studied through the manufacture and use of ancient objects and tools. In doing so she applies a multidisciplinary approach integrating archaeometry, technological traces and use wear analyses and experimental archaeology.