LIFE Project


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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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).