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Fields of interest
New Kingdom, Deir el-Medina, Egyptian Archaeology, Theban Necropolis
Necropolis journal: The Administration of an Egyptian Artisans’ Community
Supervisors: Olaf Kaper and Rob Demarée
In Egyptological literature, the written records on papyri and ostraca (inscribed stone splinters) concerning the daily activities of the workmen or artisans of Deir el-Medina are commonly labeled as “the journal” or “the Necropolis journal”. In these notes, written by the scribes in hieratic script, we find information about the gang of workmen employed in the construction of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens throughout the Ramesside period (c. 1300-1100 BC). It includes the collective administration with presence or absence of individuals on specific days, their payments, private problems concerning individual crew members, internal perturbations (strikes, trials, etc.), visits by officials, and incursions by “foreigners”. These records, therefore, provide us with fundamental insights into the life of this unique community.
In my PhD study I intend to analyze several aspects arising from the main research question: “What was the practice of keeping the Necropolis Journal?”, i.e. did the administration of the community keep continuous daily records of their activities, and how did they go about this? These kind of notes have always been considered journals since their edition by Botti and Peet, but would they have been considered journals from an ancient Egyptian point of view? The need at that time was to run the artisans’ community. Was the journal the answer of the administration to this necessity? According to Egyptian standards, what would a journal actually look like? Also, the question if there was more than a single journal kept is worth investigating.
- PhD-researcher in Egyptology at Leiden University (LIAS) since 2012
- MA in Egyptology, Leiden University (2011)
- Degree (Laurea) in Classical Literature, specializing in Egyptology and History of the ancient near East (“Lettere Antiche, percorso Egittologico e del Vicino Oriente Antico”), Pisa University (2005)
- November 2013 – Present:Deputy head of the Archaeological Mission: Canarian-Tuscan Archaeological Mission in TT109, Min-Project, Luxor.
- July 28th 2014 – Present: President of the Association “Preserving Heritage for the Development” ONLUS.
- December 2011 – Present: Vice-President of the Asociacion Canaria de Egiptologia (Canary Association of Egyptology).
- December 2011 – Present:Co-owner of the Publishing House Ediciones ad Aegyptum.
Fieldwork and research in Egypt
- Seasons 2007-2011: Epigraphist at the Archaeological and Epigraphic missions in the funerary complex of Harwa (TT37) and Akhimenru (TT404) with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor (MAIL: Missione Archeologica Italiana a Luxor). Vice-Director during the season 2010-2011
- Season 2010: Field assistant at the Dutch (Leiden) Expedition to the New Kingdom Necropolis at Saqqara
Scholarships and prizes
2015: prize “Romano Silva” for the year 2015 in Art and Culture by Lions Club Lucca le Mura.
2006: winner of the scholarship Summer School of Egyptology in Montepulciano, Italy.
- 19-22 August 2010. Co-organizer of the “CIPEG meeting 2010” in Montepulciano, Italy
- 23-24 August 2008. Co-organizer of the Third International Colloquium of Egyptology in Montepulciano “Artists and Painting in Ancient Egypt”, Montepulciano, Italy
- Lecture: “Una nuova missione canario-toscana a Luxor: MIN PROJECT. Le tombe inedite di Min (TT109) e Kampp -327-“. Lions Club, Lucca, 28th April 2016.
- Lecture: “Una nuova missione canario-toscana a Luxor: MIN PROJECT. Le tombe inedite di Min (TT109) e Kampp -327-“. Massaciuccoli romana (Archaeological Group of Massarosa), Lucca, 23rd April 2016.
- Lecture: “Una nuova missione canario-toscana a Luxor: MIN PROJECT. Le tombe inedite di Min (TT109) e Kampp -327-“. CISCU, Lucca, 22nd April 2016.
- Lecture: “Una nuova missione canario-toscana a Luxor: MIN PROJECT”. Museo Egizio Torino, April 18th 2016.
- Lecture: “ MIN PROJECT. The Canarian-Tuscan Archaeological Mission in Luxor. First seasons of work and new discoveries concerning the unpublished tombs of Min (TT109) and Kampp -327-“. MEHEN, Den Haag (The Netherlands), April 12th 2016.
- Lecture: “Prime stagioni e nuove scoperte nelle tombe inedite di Min (TT109) e Kampp -327- a Luxor”. CAMNES, Florence (Italy), December 21st 2015.
- Lecture: “Missione Archeologica Canario-Toscana a Luxor, prime stagioni lavorative e nuove scoperte nelle tombe inedite di Min (TT109) e Kampp -327-“. MAEC Cortona (Italy), September 12th 2015.
- Congress: International Congress of Egyptologists XI. Title of lecture: “MIN PROJECT: a recent mission in Luxor, first season of work and new discoveries in the unpublished tombs of Min (TT109) and Kampp -327-“. Florence, Italy. August 23rd – 30th 2015.
- Lecture: “La Regina della Valle del Deserto” (The Queen of the Desert Valley”) and presentation of the work of the Min Project in Montevarchi (AR), Italy. May 27th, 2015.
- Congress: V Congreso Iberico de Egiptologia. Title of lecture: “Una misiòn reciennte en Luxor: primeras campanas de trabajo y nuevos descubrimientos en las tumbas no publicadas de Min (TT 109) y Kampp -327-“. Cuenca, Spain. March 9th – 12th 2015.
- Lecture: Presentation of the work of the Min Project with Dr. Zahi Hawass in Florence, Italy. January 25th, 2015.
- Library Lecture: “La Regina della Valle del Deserto” (The Queen of the Desert Valley). Presentation of the Graphic Novel at I Venerdì Letterari di Artemisia, Lucca. February 23rd, 2015.
- Congress: “Italy-Egypt - 2014 Bilateral Conference - Italian Research in Egyptology: from Ippolito Rosellini to Current Archaeological Projects”. Title of lecture: Min Project: first season of work and Discovery of the new Tomb of May. Kobet el Ghouri, Cairo, 23rd October 2014.
- Lecture: “La Reina del Valle del Desierto” (The Queen of the Desert Valley”). Presentation of the Graphic Novel at the Spanish Cervantes Institute of Alexandria, Egypt. October 12th, 2014.
- Lecture: “The tomb of Min and other new discoveries in the tombs of Luxor” at The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) in Leiden, 4 April 2014.
- Lecture: “La Regina della Valle del Deserto” (The Queen of the Desert Valley”). Presentation of the Graphic Novel at the Italian Cultural Institute of Cairo, Egypt. February 4th, 2013.
- Lecture: “La Reina del Valle del Desierto y la vida en Luxor” (The Queen of the Desert Valley and the life in Luxor). Presentation of the Graphic Novel in Havana, Cuba. September 1st 2012.
- Lecture: “The tomb of Harwa”. Leiden University, 7th May 2009.
- Presentations: teacher of epigraphy in the Summer School of Egyptology in Montepulciano (Siena) - Italy, August 2008.
- Graphic Novel: The Queen of the Desert Valley. Graphic Novel about Ancient Egypt (in Italian, English, Spanish and Arabic). 2012
- La técnica de eternizar en Egipto y Canarias. 2014. (In Spanish)
- De Canarish-Toscaanse Archeologische Missie in Luxor.
In: MEHEN: essays over het oude Egypte. 2015. (In Dutch).
- Book/Catalogue: The Egyptian Collection in the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, December 2015. (in Spanish and English).
- An Egyptian Collection held in the National Museum in Accra (Ghana), GM 249, 125-129, (2016).
- Acta of the Iberic congress of Egyptology in Cuenca, Spain, March 2015 (in press)
- Acta of the international congress of Egyptology in Florence, Italy, August 2015 (in press).