Consuelo Manetta is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Exeter University and adjunct professor at Tor Vergata University, Rome (D. Phil. Tor Vergata and St. Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, 2010-2013). Manetta’s research interests are architecture and architectural decoration (e.g. ancient covering systems, esp. coffered ceilings); ancient topography and urbanization; funerary archaeology; sculpture; Greek, Thracian, and Roman funerary painting; mosaics; iconography and iconology; transmission and evolution of iconographies throughout the centuries and across different cultures (Greek/vs peripheral regions; Rome and suburban areas/vs provincial regions). She is also experienced in managing classical antiquities collections, 19th-century antiquities trafficking, as well as the dynamics related to the reuse of ancient marbles and the possible re-contextualization of spolia. She favors a contextual approach that uses a wide range of archaeological, epigraphic, visual, and literary evidence as sources for wider historical enquiries.
Manetta was an affiliated researcher at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University (2018-2019), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Junior Research Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (2014-2017), an A. Onassis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (2014), and a researcher at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies (2013). She is a co-director and staff member of several international research projects with over 20 years of experience in archaeological excavations. Manetta collaborates with international institutions including the University of Sofia, the Museum of Kazanluk, and the Bulgarian Academy of Science. In addition to several authored and coauthored articles, her book “Le tombe dipinte della Bulgaria tra l’età tardo classica e la prima età ellenistica” (L’Erma di Bretschneider) is forthcoming.