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Alberto Savioli

Non vivere se non da uomo libero, ti sazierai di vita o morirai.
‘Urwa ibn al–Ward

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Alberto Savioli

Laboratorio di Archeologia orientale


Alberto Savioli

Laboratorio di Archeologia orientale


savioli-ritratto

Non vivere se non da uomo libero, ti sazierai di vita o morirai.
‘Urwa ibn al–Ward

I graduated in Cultural Heritage at the University of Udine, discussing a dissertation on Islamic Archaeology and Art History, with the title "Le tribù beduine della Siria e l'arte del tatuaggio" ("The Bedouin Tribes in Syria and the Art of Tattooing"). I explored the topic of tattoos within the Syrian tribal society through various ethnographic projects.
As an Archaeologist, I took part in numerous missions and specialized in surveying activities, topography and the use of software applications to archaeology, from the GIS (Geographic Information Systems), which allow for territorial surveying through the collection of different data, to the latest use of drones for archaeological and topographical purposes (3D models, orthophotos and footage).

I have worked in the Middle East since 1996, participating in various excavations and archaeological missions. With the University of Udine I was active in the ancient sites of Tell Shiukh Fawqani and Mishrifeh/Qatna (a regional capital dating back to the Middle/Late Bronze Age), while with the Missione Archeologica Italiana (Udine/Milan) I investigated the Palmyrene desert, surveying the surroundings of the ancient oasis of Palmyra.
I also worked at the site of Ar-Rawda, in Syria for the University of Lyon; at Tayma (Saudi Arabia) for the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) of Berlin; in various sites within the region of Niğde, in Turkey, for the University of Pavia; in Georgia, in the context of the Shida Kartli Project, with the University Ca' Foscari of Venice.

I have formed part of the Regional Archaeological Project "Land of Ninive" (LoNAP) since 2012, investigating the Iraqi Kurdistan landscapes in the role of Archaeologist-Topographer and GIS expert. Under this same project, I am also active in the site of Gir-e Gomel/Gaugamela and in the excavation, documentation, restoration and promotion of the Assyrian reliefs of Faida.

Familiarity with the GIS, a tool that allows for the analysis and the representation of the entities located within a certain area, gave me the opportunity to develop other projects, in various research fields: from archaeology to the mapping of the NGO COSV humanitarian activities in Syria (human rights, intercultural dialogue, economic development, health, and education) and to an ethnographic project concerning the mapping of the Bedouin tribes in the area of Palmyra on behalf of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
On this last topic, I also held lectures for the class of Archaeology and History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Udine, "Nomadism and Archaeology. Social Structure, Culture and Material Evidence Left Behind by the Nomads during their Transhumance".

After working as a freelancer and as a research fellow, I am currently a technician and researcher for the Department of Humanities at the University of Udine.

During the outbreak of the Arab Spring in the Middle East, my knowledge of Syria led me to collaborate with various journalists and with the LiMes geopolitical journal.
In 2018 I published Allah, la Siria, Bashar e basta?, a book written as a "narrative essay" concerning the history of Syria, in order to clarify the ongoing events. It was presented at the Salone del libro in Turin and at the Bookcity of Milan.

Publications

Allah, la Siria, Bashar e basta?

Caserta 2020