PROJECT DIRECTOR – PROF. DR. GIANLUCA MINIACI
Doctor in Egyptology from the University of Pisa, Gianluca Miniaci is Associate Professor in Egyptology at the same university, director of the archaeological mission to Zawyet el-Maiyitin (Menya, Egypt), deputy-director of the University of Pisa excavation at Thebes, in the cemetery of Dra Abu el-Naga. He is editor-in-chief of the international series Middle Kingdom Studies (Golden House Publications, London), of the Journal of Egyptian History (Brill, Leiden), and of the series Ancient Egypt in Context (Cambridge University Press).
He has been Marie Curie Research Fellow at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London.
He has extensively published on the history, archaeology and the funerary culture in ancient Egypt.
RESEARCH FELLOW – CAMILLA SALER
Camilla Saler graduated in “Orientalistica” at Pisa University in 2019 with a thesis in Egyptology entitled “The Egyptian Scarabs of the Middle Bronze Age from the deposit c and the group nos. 1371-1432 of the Temple of Ba’alat Gebal in Byblos”. Her academic interests revolve around the relations between Egypt and the Levant, especially in the north, in the Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC), with particular attention to material culture. She has carried out various collaborations and internships in different museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Turin (2016) and the British Museum in London (2018). She took part in excavations in Egypt as a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Dra Abu el-Naga (Luxor, 2018-2020) and of the joint mission of the Universität Leipzig and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities at Heliopolis (Cairo, 2019). Her current PhD research focuses on the analysis of the assimilation process of the Egyptian culture at Byblos (Lebanon) during the Middle Bronze Age.
RESEARCH FELLOW – VANESSA FORTE
Vanessa Forte is a post doc researcher at the University of Pisa and Honorary Fellow at the Department of Classics of Sapienza University of Rome where she obtained her PhD. After obtaining her PhD she was awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Individual Fellowship (Horizon 2020) for her post doc research focused on craft specialisation, carried out at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University (UK). She has been and is currently part of national and international teams studying prehistoric and historical contexts in Italy, Serbia, Egypt and Iraq. Her current research focuses on socio-cultural dynamics and in particular concerning inequality and social complexity in ancient communities studied through the manufacture and use of ancient objects and tools. In doing so she applies a multidisciplinary approach integrating archaeometry, technological traces and use wear analyses and experimental archaeology.
RESEARCH FELLOW – WOLFRAM GRAJETZKI
He studied Egyptology, prehistory and classical archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin, and received his PhD at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He was an employee of the DASS (Datenbank für ägyptische Särge und Sarkophage – Database for Egyptian coffins and sarcophagi in Berlin) and was a member of excavations in Egypt, Saqqara (Joint Hannover-Berlin Mission in Saqqara) and Pakistan, Baluchistan (German Joint Archaeological Mission- Pakistani in Kalat). He was principal creator of archaeological and Egyptological content for the online project, Digital Egypt for Universities at CASA (Center of Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London). He has been a guest lecturer (also Senior Honorary Research Associate) at University College London since 2015. His main fields of research are burial practices and the social history of the Middle Bronze Age in Egypt.