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Dr Carlo Rindi Nuzzolo is an Egyptologist and archaeologist specialising in the study of burial customs, the interpretation of craftsmanship techniques, the investigation of regional styles and religious and socio-cultural interconnections. His primary interests include curatorship, cultural heritage preservation, provenance research and the study of the art market, and digital humanities.

He is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the CACHE (Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment), Macquarie University, with a multidisciplinary project encompassing Egyptology, Museology, Cultural Heritage Science, and Provenance research. He is also a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley, and the Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC - National Research Council of Italy), and Adjunct Research Associate in the Centre for Ancient Cultures, Monash University.

He currently directs a wide-scale, multidisciplinary investigation into Graeco-Roman period Egyptian artefacts held in international collections across the world. Through iconographical study, photogrammetry, laser scanning, archaeometric analysis, and provenance research, Carlo aims to provide new perspectives on the artefacts' lives, retracing their histories, from manufacture to museum collections.

Carlo completed his PhD at Monash University, where is currently in charge of a curatorial project to organise, describe, and make digitally accessible the Archaeological Museum of the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash. 

Previously, he was Lead Curator for the Circulating Artefacts Project (Department of Egypt & Sudan) at the British Museum, where he specialised in provenance research, monitoring the art market as well as key heritage archaeological sites, tracking and identifying potentially illicit objects. The project, a ground-breaking initiative funded by the British Council, aimed to assist in the fight against the illicit antiquities market by working with heritage professionals, scholars, museums, and law enforcement agencies.

In 2019, he was invited as Keynote Speaker at the ICOM General Conference in Kyoto, and has an ongoing collaboration with international museums and archaeological institutions, and he curated and contributed to exhibitions and exhibition catalogues in, among else: Hungary (Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest), Israel (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem), Italy (Palazzo Blu, Pisa; Museo Archeologico Dicomano, Florence; Villa di Poggio Reale, Florence; Villa Pecori Giraldi, Borgo S. Lorenzo, Florence), and Slovenia (The Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Ljubljana). He is a trained archaeologist and has participated to fieldwork in Egypt, Italy, and the Levant.

He is also interested in archival research and manuscript studies, and he directs the Nizzoli Project, an international survey dedicated to the retrieval and study of 19th Century documentation (manuscripts, letters, photographs, and other official documents) concerning travellers and collectors, particularly focussing on material relative to the History of Archaeology/Egyptology during the so-called ‘Age of the Consuls’. The project, active since 2008, retrieved and identified hundreds of hitherto unknown manuscripts across Europe, Australasia, and Africa.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Carlo won four internationally competitive awards, fellowships and grants, including the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Global Fellowship, the flagship program for leading European researchers.

He has been lecturing, tutoring, and coordinating subjects and projects related to ancient civilizations, digital humanities, collecting and provenance research, cultural heritage preservation and protection for more than 10 years. He also works with the Monash Alumni to Alumni Mentoring Program.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Egyptian Archaeology, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Ancient History / Egyptology, BA (Hons) - MA, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris statuettes in the collections of the Egyptian Museum of Florence: Chronology, Typology, History of the collections, Universita di Pisa (University of Pisa)

External positions

Consultant, Australian Museum (New South Wales)

Apr 2022 → …

Consultant on provenance research, Australian Institute of Archaeology

2021 → …

Marie Curie (MSCA) Global Fellow, Istituto di Scienza del Patrimonio Culturale (Institute of Heritage Science)

2021 → …

CACHE Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie University

2021 → …

Curatorial Project, Monash Medical Centre

2021 → …

Marie Curie (MSCA) Global Fellow, University of California Berkeley

2021 → …

Editor / Board Member, AIRIcerca

2019 → …

Lead Curator, British Museum


Exhibition Consultant, Israel Museum, Jerusalem


Exhibition Catalogue Collaborator, Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts)


Curator, Museo Archeologico Comprensoriale di Dicomano (Dicomano District Archaeological Museum)


Egyptologist, burial customs expert, Photographer, Monash Medical Centre

2014 → …

Exhibition Consultant, Slovenski Etnografski Muzej (Slovene Ethnographic Museum)


Archaeological Consultant, Associazione culturale IL FILO (Cultural Association Il Filo)


Visiting Lecturer, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (Florence National Central Library)


Museum Consultant, Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts)


Exhibition Contributor, Universita di Pisa (University of Pisa)


Curator / Digital Collections Coordinator, Biblioteca Lazzerini Istituto Culturale e di Documentazione (Lazzerini Library Cultural and Documentation Institute)

200931 Dec 2014

Exhibitions Contributor, PromoCultura Company


Research area keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Digital Humanities
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient history
  • Museums, Exhibitions & Curating
  • 3D Modelling
  • Graeco-Roman Period
  • Western Desert, Egypt
  • Dakhleh Oasis
  • Archaeology of death and burial
  • Archaeology of religion
  • Roman history
  • photogrammetry
  • Provenance Research
  • History of Egyptology
  • History of Collections
  • Art Market
  • Ptah-Sokar-Osiris
  • cartonnage
  • mummy mask
  • Burial customs
  • Cultural Heritage Protection
  • Cultural Heritage Management
  • Field Work Egypt
  • Late Period
  • Third Intermediate Period
  • Law enforcement
  • Museum Collections
  • Museum Display
  • Private Collections
  • Databases
  • funerary beliefs
  • burial practices
  • manuscript studies
  • Ancient Near East
  • Archaeometry
  • Material Culture
  • Mediterranean archaeology

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