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May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

After 6 years of break, in May 2022 the permission arrived to resume fieldwork in the Western Desert. The Italian Mission to Umm al-Dabadib 2022 took place from May 19 until June 6.

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April 26-27, 2021

April 26-27, 2021

Team members Francesca Lori, Simone Galli and Andrea Pasqui presented the results of their research on the occasion of the international conference GeoRes/Arquaeológica 2021.

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November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020

The preliminary report of the 2019 field season of the joint mission to Saqqara of Museo Egizio, Torino and Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden is now available. It includes a report of the construction of the workflow to survey an ongoing excavation by Alessandro...

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November 1, 2020

November 1, 2020

Welcome to a new team member! Andrea Pasqui joined the team as PhD candidate. He will be working on the virtual valorisation of archaeological remains. Further information on the activities of Andrea can be found here.

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October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020

We are delighted to announce that team member Fabrizio Rechichi released the open source system CHIMERA, a BIM+GIS system for Cultural Heritage. CHIMERA is a ready-to-work web information system that allows the use of different integrated data (3D models, point...

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October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

Our new metrological study of the architecture of Umm al-Dabadib has just appeared! Our thanks go to Kim Williams and Nexus Network Journal. Corinna Rossi and Fausta Fiorillo, 'The Vaults of Umm al-Dabadib: Geometric Study', Nexus Network Journal, 2020 is available...

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October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Simone Galli presented our research on the interpretation of archaeological data based on direct and remote retrieval of information to the Florence HeriTech conference.

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September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

Welcome to a new team member! Clementina Caputo joined the team as ceramicist. She started her project on the collection of terracotta figurines of Museo Egizio, Torino thanks to a research fellowship offered by Politecnico di...

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November 25, 2019

November 25, 2019

Dr Antonello Migliozzi, Co-Director of the Italian Mission to Umm al-Dabadib, has been nominated Time Machine Ambassador for Southern Italy. LIFE is joining the Time Machine platform to disseminate the results of the project, as well as to create new connections with colleagues working on similar sites and subjects.

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November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

Corinna Rossi, Director of the Italian Mission to Umm al-Dabadib and Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, General Manager of the Kharga Antiquities published a joint paper on the current situation of a series of archaeological sites that have never been properly investigated, and that are in danger of being damaged or even destroyed by neglect and modern activities.

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November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Welcome to two new team members! Nicoletta De Troia joined the team as historian and officially marked the opening of Work Package nos. 2 and 3, the study of the strategy and control of Egypt’s Western Desert in the Late Roman Period. Simone Galli started his PhD on the relationship between digital and material culture, with a special focus on the application of new technologies on the study of ancient artefacts. Further information on the activities of Nicoletta and Simone can be found here.

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April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019

Not only Notre Dame burned today. The largest, and oldest tree at Umm al-Dabadib, the millenarian acacia that grew along the western side of the Northern Settlement, was reduced to ashes by a fire that must have lasted several days.

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April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019

Always waiting to receive our own permission and go back to Kharga, also this year we are experimenting the three-dimensional survey at Saqqara thanks to the Dutch-Italian Mission of Museo Egizio, Torino and Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.

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March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019

The 3D surveys carried out by the Politecnico di Milano for the Dutch-Italian Mission to Saqqara in 2019 are highlighted in the exhibition Archeologia Invisibile (Invisible Archaeology) at the Museo Egizio, Torino, that opened today. Watch full video.

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November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018

Corinna Rossi presented the work at Umm al-Dabadib and the project LIFE in a public lecture at the Museo Egizio, introduced by the Director Dr Christian Greco. Watch full video.

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July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

Our brand new article, Corinna Rossi and Fausta Fiorillo, ‘A Metrological Study of the Late Roman Fort of Umm al-Dabadib, Kharga Oasis (Egypt)’, Nexus Network Journal

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April 2018

April 2018

Waiting for our permissions to work in Kharga, we experimented our innovative 3D survey techniques for dark and narrow spaces in Saqqara!

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March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

Welcome to a new team member! Francesca Lori joined us and reinforced the female component of the research group!

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October 24, 2017

October 24, 2017

Dr Fausta Fiorillo, researcher of the LIFE project, presented the paper F. Fiorillo, C. Rossi, ‘Metric analysis and interpretation of the unit of measurement in the Late Roman fort of Umm al-Dabadib (Egypt)’

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October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

HE General Mohamed Salman al-Zamaloot, Governor of the Wadi al-Gedid, welcomed in the Kharga Oasis Dr Corinna Rossi, Director of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Umm al-Dabadib, and presented her with an award for her work in the Oasis. The meeting …

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April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

LIFE and the Ministry of the Antiquities started the surveillance of the archaeological site of Umm al-Dabadib, in collaboration with Pan Arab Tours…

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April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

We are extremely sad to report that our friend and colleague Prof. Samir Ghabbour passed away….

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March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

The project LIFE was presented to Ferruccio Resta, Rector of the Politecnico di Milano, on the occasion of his visit to the premises of the 3D Survey Group….

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February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

The Musei delle Scienze Agrarie (MUSA) signed a 3-year partnership with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli (MANN) and the Department of Agricultural Science of the University of Napoli Federico II…

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November 27-28, 2016

November 27-28, 2016

Corinna Rossi and Ashraf Salem presented the results of the latest studies on the area of Umm al-Dabadib to the Ministry of the Antiquities and to the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency in Cairo…

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September 1, 2016

September 1, 2016

The Project LIFE starts today! Corinna Rossi and the entire team wish to express their gratitude to the Members of the 2015 ERC CoGrant Peer Review Panel…

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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizion 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n°  681673).