Pisa, where Egyptology was introduced in its very beginning by Ippolito Rossellini in 1826, continues to be one of the most prestigious center of study and research for this discipline, also thanks to its network of international relations and collaborations. The Pisan egyptologists work within the “Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere” and they carry out research on history, society and culture of ancient Egypt, both through texts and archaeological activities on the field and in museums.

The current research projects concern the following topics:

  • Thebes and Middle Egypt
  • Religion (study of religious texts, rituals, funerary culture)
  • Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period
  • Greek-Roman Egypt
  • Social History
  • Material Culture
  • History of Egyptology
  • History of the museum collections and contextualization of their artifacts.

The archaeological missions in Egypt

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    Dra Abu el-Naga (Theban Necropolis-Luxor)

    The expedition, directed by Marilina Betrò, since 2003 is working on a group of tombs of the necropolis of Dra Abu el-Naga dated from the beginning of the New Kingdom to the Ramesside age.

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    Medinet Madi

    Excavations and archaeological projects directed by Edda Bresciani in Medinet Madi area.

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    Zawyet Sultan / Zawyet el-Maiyitin

    Excavation directed by Gianluca Miniaci and Richard Bussmann in Zawyet Sultan (Middle Egypt) since 2013

Research projects

Rosellini Project

After almost two hundred years from the Franco-Tuscan expedition in Egypt of the 1828-29, project “Rosellini” aims to increase the value of the artistic and cultural heritage generated by that expedition: notes, annotations, drawings, watercolors and antiquities.

Archaeological finds from Zawyet Sultan at the Louvre

A big part of the Raymond Weill collection, whom did several archaeological excavations in the area of Zawyet Sultan between the 1911 and 1933, was donated in 1922 to the Louvre Museum. The aim of the project is to take pictures and provide documentation of over 350 objects coming from Zawyet Sultan and held in the French museum.

PROCESS - Pharaonic Rescission: Objects as Crucibles of ancient Egyptian Societies

Research Projects of National Interest 2017 (PRIN): supervisor prof. G. Miniaci

TEMA - Egyptological Tuscany between Museums and Archives

Research Project co-financed by Tuscany Region: supervisor prof. M. Betrò

“East” and “West”: from a world to the another? Contacts, exchanges, identities

University Research projects 2016 (PRA): supervisor prof. M. Betrò


Research project of the PhD students of Egyptology

PhD represents the highest grade of instruction of the Italian academic system and provides the knowledges needed to carry out a high qualified research activities in the university and in public or private institutions. At the University of Pisa it is possible to obtain the title of PhD in Egyptology attending the PhD Course of History.

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