Fernando Franchetti

  • PhD Student - Archaeology

Fernando Franchetti is interested in the adaptation of hunter gatherers to arid and high elevation environments. During the Late Holocene (2000 BP), small scale mobile societies from Nord Patagonia incorporated ceramics, exploited a wider range of resources and environments, increased the use of distant raw materials, and expanded their social networks. The aim is to track these changes through focusing on differences in land use intensity in the Highlands, the Piedmont and the Lowlands of the Diamante Valley, central western Argentina. In the summer of 2014 he participated in fieldwork in the Atacama desert of Northern Chile on mining sites associated with the Inka road. During the same field season he also spent time in the Sogamoso Valley of Colombia in a survey of the Muisca chiefdom. Both of these projects were organized by fellow Pitt graduate students.

Degrees and Education

BA - Anthropology - Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina (2012)


Giardina, M., C. Otaola and F. Franchetti (2017). Human biogeography in Diamante River basin: archaeological information and perspectives. Revista del Museo de Antropología, Suplemento especial 1: 21-32.

Giardina, M., M. Corbat, E. Peralta, G. Cochero, F. Franchetti, L. Salgán and A. Gil (2015) The archaeological record in La Olla site (San Rafael, Mendoza): Implications for human occupations in the Atuel Middle Valley. Revista del Museo de Antropología 8 (1): 51-66.

Franchetti, F. and N.Sugrañes (2013) Ceramic technology, environment and residential mobility in small scale groups: preliminary trends from north Patagonia, Argentina. Before Farming 2012/3 article 2.

Sugrañes, N. and F. Franchetti (2012) Background, problems and perspectives of the ceramic analysis in southern Mendoza. In Human Paleoecology in the South of Mendoza: Archaeological perspectives. Argentinian Anthropology Society Editions. 229-253

Neme, G., A. Gil, R. Garvey, C. Llano, A. Zangrando, F. Franchetti, C. de Francesco and C. T. Micheli (2011) The archaeological record of El Manzano rock shelter and its implications for the archaeology of North Patagonia. Magallania (Chile), 39(2):243-265.