Archaeologist and Researcher of Hellenistic to Late Roman Egypt
I joined EAMENA project in late 2017 first as Researcher and Training Manager at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford and moved to University of Leicester in 2020. Formerly, I was Head Researcher (2011-16), followed by Acting Director (2016-17), of the Hellenistic Center of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. I taught at the American University in Cairo as adjunct faculty, at Catania University as a visiting professor, beside teaching at Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies. I collaborate on different projects with Padua University, Tübingen University, CUNY, New York, and Siena University.
I documented hundreds of sites in Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, and Tunisia within different survey projects.
My main research interests are:
The archaeology of the Egyptian Delta
Living Heritage in Mena region: interaction between past and present
The economy of the Roman Empire: the Egyptian case
Transformation of sacred spaces
Survey and documentation of archaeological sites
Conservation of heritage buildings
Reuse of Classical building materials
Authored and edited books
Kom al-Ahmer – Kom Wasit I: Excavations in the Metelite Nome, Egypt ca. 700 BC–AD 1000 (Archaeopress, Oxford 2019)
Unearthing Alexandria’s Archaeology: The Italian Contribution (Archaeopress, Oxford 2018), with Giorgia Marchiori.
Alexandria's Hinterland: Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta, Egypt (Archaeopress, Oxford 2014).
I have participated in tens of fieldwork in Egypt, Italy, and Libya. I am leading two different archaeological and research projects. I directed the Beheira survey project and co-directed a conservation project at the Amasili house in Rosetta.
I Participated in various archaeological and survey missions among them those at Kom al-Ahmer/Kom Wasit, Athribis, Dionysias, and Manqbad, and Western Marmarica Coastal Survey.
Landscape Archaeology, Economy of the Roman world, Living Archaeology, Egyptian Delta, Sacred Spaces.
Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester, 6 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH