Arianna Sacco was born and raised in Naples, in Southern Italy. She is an Egyptologist with a BA (2007) and an MA (2009) in Archaeology, with a specialized curriculum for Egypt, from L’Orientale University in Naples. She has a second MA (2012) in Interdisciplinary Approaches to History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology from the University of Thessaly in Volos (Greece). She’s currently working on her PhD at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she deals with the material culture of the Second Intermediate Period.
An interesting look at archaeological research that focuses on all aspects of the production process, from the procurement of raw materials to the use of finished products.
A fragmentary statue from Tell el-Dab’a features traits that the ancient Egyptians associated with people from the Levant, raising questions of self-representation and context, especially with regards to ethnic identity.
The last king of Egypt’s New Kingdom managed to stave off threats from without before being brought down by a conspiracy from within.
Ancient Egypt had periods of political instability, in which different factions vied for control, not unlike the drama seen in Game of Thrones.
The tomb of the Roman poet Virgil (70–19 BC) is located in Naples. Today, the tomb forms the centre of a park created in Virgil’s honour.
An in-depth look at the tomb of prince Paraherwenemef, a son of Ramesses III, in the Valley of the Queens.
Located not far from Naples are the impressive remains of the villa that once belonged to Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina.
A quick look at a number of ancient, marble statues belonging to a collection once owned by Elisabetta Farnese.