Grazia Antonella Di Pietro
2016 Grant Recipient
Naqada Publication Project
Grazia Di Pietro obtained her PhD in African Studies / Archaeology and Prehistory of Africa at the University of Naples 'L'Orientale' in Italy (2011), with a research project aimed at re-evaluating the role of Naqada in the sequence of social, economic, political and cultural development of the late Egyptian prehistory and in the formation process of the ancient Egyptian state. As a team member of the Hierakonpolis Expedition, since 2012 she has re-examined a series of Pre-/ Proto-dynastic ceramic assemblages from several settlement localities within the Hierakonpolis region. In 2013–2015 she was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK, and conducted the EU-funded project ‘Comparative Archaeological Study of Egyptian Predynastic Settlements’ (CASEPS).
The Naqada Publication Project aims to produce a comprehensive publication of the results of archaeological investigations conducted by the Italian Archaeological Mission of the ‘Istituto Universitario Orientale’, Naples, at the site of Naqada, Egypt, under the direction of C. Barocas, deceased in 1989, with co-principal investigators R. Fattovich and M. Tosi. Naqada, or ancient Nubt, is best known for its extensive cemeteries dated to the Predynastic period (c. IV millennium BC). In 1977–1986, archaeological investigations of the Italian expedition focused on the corresponding settlement remains, centered mainly on a gravel terrace (named Zawaydah) at the edge of the low desert, and surrounding areas. Evidence from the settlement at Zawaydah offers a unique glimpse into lifestyle and craft activities, administrative practices and symbolic behaviour, subsistence strategies and the network of connections of its living community in the crucial period of state formation in Egypt.