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Biography

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Egyptian Archaeology, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Ancient History / Egyptology, BA (Hons) - MA, Universita di Pisa (University of Pisa)

External positions

Consultant, Australian Museum (New South Wales)

Apr 2022 → …

Curatorial Project, Archaeological Museum Centre for Ancient Cultures - Monash University

2021 → …

Consultant on provenance research, Australian Institute of Archaeology

2021 → …

Marie Curie (MSCA) Global Fellow, Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC-CNR)

2021 → …

CACHE Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie University

2021 → …

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

2021 → …

Editor / Board Member, AIRIcerca

2019 → …

Lead Curator, British Museum

20192020

Exhibition Consultant, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

20192020

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

2019

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

2018

Egyptologist, burial customs expert, Photographer, Dakhleh Oasis Project

2014 → …

Exhibition Consultant, Slovenski Etnografski Muzej (Slovene Ethnographic Museum)

20142015

Archaeological Consultant, Cultural Association, Il Filo

20132019

Museum Consultant, Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts)

20102018

Visiting Lecturer, The National Italian Library, Florence

20102013

Exhibition Contributor, Universita di Pisa (University of Pisa)

2010

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

200931 Dec 2014

Exhibitions Contributor, PromoCultura Company

20082009

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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