Alina Iancu is an archaeologist specialised in the field of archaeological textiles. Her main field of study is the ancient technologies of textile production, especially weaving and spinning, including written and iconography sources related to this topic.
She received her MA degree from the University of Bucharest and since 2017 she has been working on a doctoral thesis on the topic of textile production in the Peloponnese at the same university. More specifically, she investigates ancient clay spools as a key factor of textile crafts in the region.
Currently, she works as an archaeologist in the Department of Archaeological and Museum Documentation of the National Institute of Heritage in Bucharest, Romania.
She is mainly involved in the administration of archaeological heritage databases, as The National Archaeological Repertory of Romania and The Archaeological Chronicle of Romania, as well as in the development of the cultural heritage MapServer of Romania.
As a debutant archaeologist, Alina Iancu is member of the archaeological teams working at the ancient Greek colony of Histria (since 2014), the rural settlement of Caraburun (since 2016), and the Roman site of Noviodunum (since 2019), where she deals with the study of the textile tools unearthed during the excavations. She also worked in Apollonia Pontica (2017, Bulgaria) and Labraunda (2017, Turkey).
Besides her expertise in textile archaeology, she developed other related skills: archaeological field work (excavation, surveys, pottery drawing), digitisation of cultural heritage, management of geographical data in the field of archaeology (GIS resources).