I am completing a book on large estates in Byzantine Egypt under contract with Cambridge University Press, and publishing papyri from the John Rylands collection.

I am also involved in cultural heritage studies, in particular I am interested in the circulation of Egyptian papyri on the antiquities market, and in the issues connected with the destruction of cartonnage to retrieve written texts. I have just joined an international multidisciplinary team funded by Arcadia Foundation working on ground breaking imaging technologies for reading papyri encapsulated in mummy masks and other ancient artefacts without dismounting them, as unfortunately is still happening in some collections. The project is called “Making the Mummies Talk” and is lead by Melissa Terras (University College London) and Mike Toth (R.B. Toth Associates).


Mummy portrait from Hawara 5377, courtesy of the Manchester Museum.
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