Valerio Gentile obtained his BA Cum Laude in History and Preservation of Artistic and Archaeological Heritage at the University or RomaTre in Rome in 2013, with a thesis on the weaponry from an Iron Age necropolis of Central Italy. In 2014, he moved to the Netherlands to study at Leiden University where he obtained his Research Master Cum Laude in Archaeology in 2017, with a thesis on use-wear analysis and experimental archaeology applied to the study of Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age ritually deposited swords of Southern Netherlands.
In 2015 he has been awarded with prize for the best presentation at the Symposium Onderzoek Jonge Archeologen (SOJA) and he contributed with his findings to the exposition Vlijmscherp verleden for the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden (1 April - 2 October 2016) and to its accompanying publication.
In 2017, Valerio was awarded with the W.A. van Es Prize by the Dutch Cultural Heritage Agency for ‘the best Master thesis in Archaeology of the last two years’.
In the same year, Valerio won a 4-years grant from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) to pursue a PhD at Leiden University on the topic of weapon depositions in Late European Prehistory. His main investigation areas will be the Low Countries and the Italian peninsula, and the famous battlefield of the Tollense Valley (Germany).
Valerio’s main research interests are: The practice and the social embedding of warfare in pre-modern societies, European Prehistory, hoards and depositions, Use-wear analysis on metalwork, and experimental Archaeology.