EgittoVeneto: ten years of research
Data is surprising: there are more than 2,000 items of Egyptian origin distributed in private and public collections located in Venice, Padua, Rovigo and Verona.
Ten years ago, Ca' Foscari University and University of Padua decided to try retrace the history of explorers from Veneto who discovered them, by promoting the Egyptian findings stored at local museums and institutions.
In 2008, the EgittoVeneto Project was launched, which is coordinated by Prof. Emanuele M. Ciampini, professor of Egyptology in Ca' Foscari, and Prof. Paola Zanovello, Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Padua, with support by Regione Veneto along with Archaeological Superintendence of Veneto, Centro Musei di Ateneo, the Directors and Heads of the Museums involved and of CaRiPaRo Foundation.
The research team includes Claudia Gambino, Giulia Deotto and Martino Gottardo, supported by academics, technicians and specialists affiliated to the research partner institutions.
Even if the initial intent was only to organize research made by the former students of the two universities who had worked on the findings located in Veneto, the large scope of the project immediately seemed evident.
“Thanks to the availability of the collections of Regione, which also provided their data and the crucial financial support” said Ciampini “we mapped, made an inventory and catalogued local collections, highlighting the capillary spreading of the materials all over Veneto: the result was a database coordinated with the regional Superintendence. In this preliminary stage we have already made a number of interesting discoveries, for example the remains of a mummy in the Archaeological Museum of Venice and the objects of the Archaeological Museum of Este”.