LIFE Project


Corinna Rossi, ‘Searching for the right words: what happened in Kharga in the IV century AD?’, in M.-F. Boussac, S. Dhennin, B. Redon, C. Somaglino, G. Tallet (eds.), Frontières et marges occidentales de l’Égypte de l’Antiquité au Moyen Âge, Actes du colloque international, Le Caire, 2-3 décembre 2017, Bibliothèque d’Étude 181, pp. 133-44. Available here.

Fiorillo Fausta, Rossi Corinna, ‘Pitched-Brick Barrel Vaults and Biaxial Cross-Vaults in Egypt’s Western Desert’. In Cannella
M., Garozzo A., Morena S. (Eds.). Transizioni. Atti del 44° Convegno Internazionale dei Docenti delle Discipline della Rappresentazione/Transitions.
Proceedings of the 44th International Conference of Representation Disciplines Teachers (2023). Milano: FrancoAngeli, pp. 1301-1309. ISBN 9788835155119. Available here.


Corinna Rossi, Nicoletta De Troia, Andrea Pasqui and Antonello Migliozzi, ‘Living in a fringe environment: Three Late Roman settlements in the Kharga Oasis (Egypt’s Western Desert).’ Journal of Roman Archaeology 35.2 (2022), pp. 743-78 (doi:10.1017/S1047759421000829). Available here.


Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi. ‘3D Parametric Modelling based on Point Cloud for the Interpretation of the Archaeological Remains’, DISEGNARECON, vol 14, No 26 (2021). Available here.

Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi, Michela Morandi. ‘Two methodologies for the virtual reconstruction of the architectural remains of a Late Roman archaeological site based on the 3D point cloud’, DISEGNARECON, vol 14, No 27 (2021). Available here.

Mea Chiara, Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi. ‘3D reality-based modeling in HBIM environment applied to archaelogical sites; reconstructive hypothesis of the late-roman fort of Umm Al-Dabadib (Egypt)’, Poster for the ‘XV Congreso Internacional de Expresion Grafica aplicada a la Edificacion’ – APEGA 2021. Available here.


Francesca Lori and Corinna Rossi. ‘3D contour detection: a non-photorealistic rendering method for the analysis of Egyptian reliefs’, Antiquity 2020. Published online by Cambridge University Press. Available here.

Corinna Rossi and Fausta Fiorillo. ‘The Vaults of Umm al-Dabadib: Geometric Study’, Nexus Network Journal, 2020. Available here.

Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi and Simone Galli. ‘Interpretation of archaeological data based on direct and remote retrieval of information’, International Conference Florence Heri-tech: the Future of Heritage Science and Technology, 14-16 October 2020.IOP Conference Series: Material Science and Engineering949, online edition. Available here.

Paolo Del Vesco, Christian Greco, Corinna Rossi, Daniel Soliman, Lara Weiss. ‘Saqqara away from Saqqara. Research in troubled times’, Saqqara Newsletter 18, 2020

Paolo Del Vesco, Christian Greco, Daniel Soliman, Lara Weiss. ‘The Leiden-Turin Archaeological Expedition to Saqqara: Preliminary Results of the 2019 Fieldwork Season’, con contributi di: Valentina Gasperini, Alessandro Mandelli, Luca Perfetti, Corinna Rossi, Alice Salvador, Ali Jelene Scheers, Nico Staring. Rivista del Museo Egizio4, 2020. Available here.

Corinna Rossi, Cristiana Achille, Francesco Fassi, Francesca Lori, Fabrizio Rechichi, Fausta Fiorillo. ‘Digital Workflow to Support Archaeological Excavation: From the 3D Survey to the Websharing of Data’, in N. Aste, S. Della Torre, C. Talamo, R. Adhikari, C. Rossi (eds.), Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries. Research for Development. Springer, Cham, 2020. Available here.

Luca Perfetti, Francesco Fassi, Corinna Rossi. ‘Low-Cost Digital Tools for Archaeology’, in: N. Aste, S. Della Torre, C. Talamo, R. Adhikari, C. Rossi (eds.), Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries. Research for Development. Springer, Cham, 2020. Available here.


Corinna Rossi and Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed. ‘Filling the gaps: towards a comprehensive list of archaeological sites in the Kharga Oasis, Egypt’s Western Desert’. In Savino Di Lernia and Marina Gallinaro (eds.), Archaeology in Africa Potentials and perspectives on laboratory & fieldwork research, Arid Zone Archaeology 8, Sesto Fiorentino (FI): All’Insegna del Giglio s.a.s.: 89-100. Available here.

Luca Perfetti, Francesco Fassi, Corinna Rossi. ‘Fisheye Photogrammetry to Generate Low Cost DTMs’, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W17, 2019: 257–263. Available here.

Corinna Rossi. ‘Egyptian cubits and Late Roman architecture: the design of the forts of the Kharga Oasis (Egypt)’, ISAW Papers (ISSN 2164-1471) is a publication of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Available here.

Alessandro Mandelli, Luca Perfetti, Fausta Fiorillo, Francesco Fassi, Corinna Rossi, Christian Greco. ‘The Digitalization of ancient Egyptian coffins: a discussion over different techniques for recording fine details’, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W15, 2019: 743–750. Available here.

Corinna Rossi. ‘Aristotle’s Mirror: Combining Digital and Material Culture’, Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W11, 2019: 1025-1029. Available here.

Paolo Del Vesco, Christian Greco, Miriam Müller, Nico Staring, Lara Weiss, with contributions by Valentina Gasperini, Corinna Rossi, Alice Salvador, Ali Jelene Scheers, Sarah Schrader and Nicholas Warner. ‘Current Research of the Leiden-Turin Archaeological Mission in Saqqara. A Preliminary Report on the 2018 Season’, Rivista del Museo Egizio 3, 2019: 1-25. Available here.


Corinna Rossi, Fausta Fiorillo. ‘A metrological study of the Late Roman Fort of Umm al-Dabadib, Kharga Oasis (Egypt)’, Nexus Network Journal, Vol. 20, n. 2, 2018: 373-91. Available here.

Corinna Rossi. ‘Italian Mission to Umm al-Dabadib (Kharga Oasis): Season 2015’ – Preliminary Report, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo 74, 2018: 149-61.

Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi. ‘3D survey and metric analysis of the Late Roman Fort of Umm al-Dabadib (Egypt)’, ACTA IMEKO 7.3, 2018: 57-63.


Corinna Rossi. ‘Survey, conservation and restoration in Egypt’s Western Desert: combining expectations and context’, Restauro Archeologico 2, 2017: 4-19. Available here

Fausta Fiorillo, Corinna Rossi. ‘Metric analysis and interpretation of the unit of measurement in the Late Roman Fort of Umm al-Dabadib (Egypt), in Proceedings of IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, 978-92-990084-0-9, 2017: 139-44.

Corinna Rossi, Giulio Magli, ‘Wind, Sand and Water: the Orientation of the Late Roman Forts in the Kharga Oasis (Egyptian Western Desert)’, in G. Magli, E. Antonello, J. A. Belmonte and A. César González-García (eds.), Archaeoastronomy in the Roman World, Berlin: Springer, 2017. Available here.


Corinna Rossi, Francesco Fassi, Cristiana Achille, ‘LIFE Project: evolution of survey techniques along the border of the Roman Empire’, Proceedings of the IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, 2016: 95-9.

Previous publications on Umm al-Dabadib

Corinna Rossi and Salima Ikram, North Kharga Oasis Survey. Explorations in Egypt’s Western Desert, British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 5, 2018. Leuven: Peeters.

Rossi C. 2016. ‘Italian Mission to Umm al-Dabadib, Season 2014 – Preliminary Report’, in MDAIK 72: 153-72.

Rossi C., Chirico G. B., Migliozzi A., Mazzoleni S. (forthcoming).’ Greening the desert at the southern edge of the Empire: the irrigation system of the Late Roman site of Umm al-Dabadib (Kharga Oasis, Egypt)’, Proceedings of the Mediterranean Forum on Water Sources, Matera, October 18-22, 2015.

Fassi F., Rossi C., Mandelli A. 2015. ‘Emergency survey of endangered or logistically complex archaeological sites’, in International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences XL-5 and W4, 2015, pp. 85-91, doi: 10.5194 and isprsarchives-XL-5-W4-85-2015.

Rossi C., Migliozzi A., Fassi F., Mandelli A., Chirico G. B., Achille C., Mazzoleni S. 2015. ‘Archeologia, scienza e tecnologia: lo studio del sito tardo-Romano di Umm al-Dabadib (Oasi di Kharga, Egitto)’, in Proceedings of the seminar L.O.S.A.I. (Laboratori Open su Scienza, Arte e Innovazione), 28-31 May 2015, ISBN 9788899130206, 221-8.

Ikram S. 2005. ‘Endangered archaeology of the Kharga Oasis, Egypt’, Culture Without Context 5: 22-3.

Rossi C. and Ikram S. 2006. ‘North Kharga Oasis Survey 2003. Preliminary Report: Umm el-Dabadib’, in MDAIK 62: 279–306.

Rossi C. 2000. ‘Umm el-Dabadib, Roman Settlement in the Kharga Oasis: Description of the Visible Remains. With a Note on ‘Ayn Amur’, in MDAIK 56: 235–52.

Caton-Thompson G. 1952. Kharga Oasis in Prehistory. London: Athlone Press.

Beadnell H. Ll. 1909. An Egyptian Oasis; an Account of the Oasis of Kharga in the Libyan Desert, with special reference to its history, physical geography, and water-supply, London: J. Murray.

Ball J. 1900. Kharga Oasis: its Topography and Geology, Cairo: National Printing Department.

Other Late Roman fortified sites in northern Kharga

Rossi C. 2013. ‘Controlling the borders of the empire: the distribution of Late-Roman ‘forts’ in the Kharga oasis’, in Bagnall R., Davoli P, and Hope C. (eds.) The Oasis Papers 6, Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the Dakhla Oasis Project, Dakhla Oasis Project Monograph 15, Oxford, Oxbow: 331-6.

Rossi C. and Ikram S. 2010. ‘North Kharga Oasis Survey 2007 – Preliminary Report: Ain Lebekha and Ain Amur’, in MDAIK 66: 235–42.

Ikram S. and Rossi C. 2004. ‘North Kharga Oasis Survey 2001–2002. Preliminary Report: Ain Gib and Qasr el-Sumayra’, in MDAIK 60: 69–92.

Ikram S. and Rossi C. 2002-2003. ‘Surveying the North Kharga Oasis’, KMT 13.4: 72-79.

For a full bibliography on the site and Late Roman fortress of al-Deir, please click here.

Caravan routes of northern Kharga

Rossi C. and Ikram S. 2015. ‘New Kingdom Activities in the Kharga Oasis: The Scribe Userhat Travels Westwards’, JEA 100: 476-80.

Rossi C. and Ikram S. 2013. ‘Evidence of desert routes across northern Kharga (Egypt’s Western Desert)’, in: H. Riemer and F. Förster (eds.) Desert Road Archaeology in Western Sahara, Köln 2013: 265–82.

Ikram S. 2006. ‘Paths, Petroglyphs, and Piety: the North Kharga Oasis Survey 2006 Season’, Bulletin of the American Research Center in Egypt 190: 18-23.

Ikram S. and Rossi C. 2004. ‘A New Early Dynastic Serekh from the Kharga Oasis’, in JEA 90: 211–5.

Rossi C. and Ikram S. 2002. ‘Petroglyphs and Inscriptions along the Darb Ain Amur, Kharga Oasis’, in ZÄS 129: 142–51.


Rossi C. 2017, The Last Light, Sillabe di Sale (available as hard copy in Italy and as e-book abroad on Amazon).

Rossi C. 2016, L’Ultima Luce, Sillabe di Sale (available as a hard copy in Italy on Amazon).


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