Gianluca Miniaci
  • Gianluca Miniaci
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • g.miniaci@ucl.ac.uk
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK


  • BA, MA, PhD
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Archaeology (2012-2014)


Current Research Project

EPOCHS: Egyptian Periodisation - Object Categories as Historical Signatures

Recurrence or disappearance of object categories across time can reveal social, internal (regionalism) and transnational (ethnicity) changes; material and ritual transformation; different patterns of cultural transmission.

The EPOCHS project aims to provide a basis for new interpretative models of material cultural transmission and social transformation in stratified societies, developing a specific methodology for comparative synthesis at a broad regional level (equivalent to the ‘national’ in modernity). The case-study is Egypt in transition from Middle to Late Bronze Age (1850-1500 BC).

From current collections-database control-lists, the project will pursue two linked tracks, categorisation and periodisation of material cultural products, to identify period ‘signatures’. This framework will be used to analyse

  • synchronic patterns recurrent across different signature object-categories
  • diachronic variations within each

From historical and laboratory analyses of prioritised objects in collections, the interregional relationships of material production and consumption will be charted on the two horizons of (a) endogenous (internal Egyptian regionalism) and (b) exogenous (‘internationalism’, relations between Egyptian and external groups), in order to assess in synthesis the societal impact at local, internal-regional and national levels.

The final phase of the project will address questions of ideology in material cultural products, applying the concept of performativity in order to explore relations between archaeological context/material and ritual/non-ritual practice. The outcomes will create the ground for a new historical synthesis between the evidence-bases for the wide range of relevant archaeological sub-disciplines from archaeometry to philology.


  • Collaboration with the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France-Palais du Louvre (Paris), CNRS - UMR 8220, Paris
  • Collaboration with Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for the project “Excavations in the Lower Assasif: Howard Carter and Ambrose Lansing, 1912–16”
  • Member of the scientific board of the journal EVO, Egitto e Vicino Oriente, Pisa
  • Deputy-director and photographer of the Archaeological Mission of the University of Pisa at Dra Abu el-Naga (Thebes/Luxor)
  • Collaboration with the University of Pisa, Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere

Research Directory Records

Educational Background

  • 2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Egyptology, Pisa University on the project “Rosellini Project. The Franco-Tuscan Expedition to Egypt (1828-29) on the web. The study of the unpublished Hieroglyphic Dictionary of Ippolito Rosellini”.
  • 2008-2010: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Egyptology, Pisa University on the project “The Franco-Tuscan Expedition to Egypt (1828-29): cataloguing the unpublished material, computerising data, processing and studying the relative data of the expedition held in the Biblioteca Universitaria di Pisa”.
  • 2005-2008: PhD in “Oriental Studies: Egypt, the Near and Middle East” at the Department of Scienze Storiche del Mondo Antico, University of Pisa, on “The funerary culture at the end of the Second Intermediate Period: the emergence of the rishi coffin style", supervised by Prof. Dr. Marilina Betrò. Awarded June 2008.
  • 1999-2004: BA/MA Classical Archaeology, University of Pisa, dissertation “The royal necropolis of the 17th dynasty at Dra Abu el-Naga (Thebes west)”, 110/110 with honours. Awarded July 2004.

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