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Gatto, Maria Carmela

Visiting Fellows in Humanities

Research field

The interregional interaction and cultural contact, human-environment interaction, and socio-economic and political dynamics in the Nile Valley and the Sahara; the chrono-cultural sequence in Morocco for the still unknown prehistory of the Wadi Draa region of the pre-desert.

Profile

Maria Carmela Gatto completed her education in Archaeology at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome and in 2001 received a PhD in African Archaeology from the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. After her PhD, Dr Gatto worked at the British Museum as a research curator and in Italy and abroad as a museum educator, lecturer, field archaeologist and ceramic specialist. From 2008 to 2013, she was at Yale University holding positions as researcher and lecturer, and joined the University of Leicester in 2014, where she works as teaching fellow and research associate. Since 2005 she is the codirector in Egypt of the ‘Aswan-Kom Ombo Archaeological Project’, a joint venture between Yale University and University of Bologna.

Dr Gatto’s research explores processes of interregional interaction and cultural contact, human-environment interaction, and socio-economic and political dynamics in the Nile Valley and the Sahara. She uses material culture and anthropological theory to address those questions. Her research has been influential in moving current scholarship on the prehistory of the Nile Valley away from traditional Egyptocentric narratives, highlighting the important role of the Nubian culture in building socio-economic and political complexity in the Nilotic region. Likewise, her work on the protohistoric Garamantian culture of the Central Sahara has been influential for the understanding of the Garamantes and their place in the wider Saharan context.

Dr Gatto most recent research in Morocco focuses in building a chrono-cultural sequence for the still unknown prehistory of the Wadi Draa region of the pre-desert. Dr Gatto has published widely in the field of Nubian, Egyptian and Saharan prehistory and archaeology, and in addition to extensive fieldwork experience in North Africa, including Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and Eritrea, she has international teaching experience and a long and continuously evolving record of conference participations. In recognition of this, Dr Gatto was awarded the Italian National qualification of Associate Professor in 2014.

Structure Department of School of Archaeology and Ancient History (Research Associate)

University of Leicester

Leicester,  UK

Unibo reference

Prof. Antonio Curci

Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà