The University of Naples, “l’Orientale”, announces the Summer School “The Pottery of the Nile Valley. Classification, documentation and new methods of analysis”, to be held in Naples from July 1st to 12th, 2019.

Call for submission

The Summer School “The Pottery of the Nile Valley” has the aim to give participants a solid knowledge and technical skills to classify and study the most important class of material culture in Near Eastern Archaeology: pottery. A training opportunity for students of Egyptology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Cultural Heritage to learn new methods of analysis and documentation of typologies, production process and classification related to Egyptian and Nubian pottery, form the Predynastic to the Byzantine Period.

Teaching Activity

Seven main classes, seminars, labs and lectio magistralis will be focused on a detailed excursus of Egyptian and Nubian pottery through the centuries; its morphological and decorative development and classification systems. All the courses will be taught in English.

Experienced international scholars will share their knowledge about new technologies and analysis methods related to fabric, pottery ateliers, function and trade of ceramics, and archaeological case studies deriving from their field researches.

The Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN) and the Scerrato Museum (University of Naples “L’Orientale”) will be partners of the Summer School, making their collections available to participants, for the documentation and drawing classes.

The Summer School will cover a total period of 70 hours (Mon-Fri; h. 10-13/14-17), for a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25 participants. A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the course. The Summer School is worth 4 CFU for UNIOR students upon passing a final text covering the main topics.

Main classes

– Classification, methods of analysis, drawing (A. Wodzinska– Warsaw)

– Predynastic Pottery (S.Hendrickx – Bruxelles; M.C. Gatto – Leicester)

– Old Kingdom Pottery (K.Arias – Prague)

– Middle Kingdom – II IP Pottery (B.Bader– Wien)

– Late and Byzantine Pottery (J.Faiers–London)

– Nubian Pottery (A. Manzo – Naples)

Lectio magistralis: M.C. Guidotti (Museo Egizio Firenze)


The Summer School will be held at Palace Du Mesnil, located in Via Chiatamone 6 – Naples, headquarters of the Rectorship of the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Since 2012, the palace supervises the collections of the Oriental Museum “Umberto Scerrato” and La Società Africana d’Italia.

Prerequisites and submission

The Summer School is open to EU and non-EU applicants, with a BA/MA/PhD degree in Egyptology, Nubian Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology or equivalents. The inscription fee is 500€ and covers the participation to all the classes and a welcome kit. The fee does not include travel, stay and meals expenses.

Candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae and the application form to the email address [email protected] before 5th November 2018. A selection will be carried on only if the submissions will exceed the maximum number of expected participants (25). Acceptance will be notified by 16th November 2018. The participants will be then invited to proceed with the payment of the fee from 10th December 2018 to 1st February 2019. Details of the payment and the courses program will be provided to the selected applicants.

Dates to remember

– 5 th November: submission of CV and application via email

– 16th November: notification of acceptance

– 10th December 2018 to 1st February 2019: payment of the inscription fee and enrolment in the course

Organizing Committee

Rosanna Pirelli (Professor of Egyptology – University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

Ilaria Incordino (Research Fellow in Egyptology – University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

Stefania Mainieri (PhD in Egyptology – University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

Contacts: [email protected]