Marcella Frangipane is Full Professor of Archaeology (Prehistory) at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she teaches Prehistory and Protohistory of the Near and Middle East and Strategies and Methods of Archaeological Research. She is a Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and a Corresponding Member of the Deutsches Archäologische Institut in Berlin and the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She is also the editor in chief of the journal Origini and the editor of two monograph series, Arslantepe and Studi di Preistoria Orientale (SPO). Professor Frangipane has participated in field research in Mexico, Italy, Egypt and Turkey, becoming field vice-director of the Sapienza excavations at the Late Predynastic site of Maadi (Egypt), and, in 1990, the director of the Italian Archaeological Project in Eastern Anatolia (excavations at Arslantepe-Malatya and Zeytinli Bahçe-Urfa, Turkey). The Arslantepe Project, where Professor Frangipane has worked for more than 40 years, is the core of her research activity.