Cartonnage Regionalism in the Ateliers of the Fayum Territory

Acronym: CRAFT


CRAFT aims to investigate Graeco-Roman funerary cartonnage from the Fayum Oasis, Egypt. The project raises and addresses new questions about the manufacturing of Ancient Egyptian cartonnage artefacts (mummy masks, foot-cases, full body covers) with an innovative approach that focuses on the multi-disciplinary study of such objects, never analysed in depth before.

Through an Egyptological approach combined with enhanced, non-invasive archaeometric investigations, as well as with high-resolution 3D reconstructions of artefacts preserved in international museums, CRAFT will generate an unparalleled understanding of Graeco-Roman cartonnage artefacts and the socio-cultural milieu within which they were manufactured.

Expected outcomes include advanced research collaborations, addressing questions of cultural heritage preservation, determining provenance, influences, regional features, and religious significance of a so far uninvestigated category of funerary objects. The project will expand previous studies concerning cartonnage from the Western Desert (Dakhleh Oasis, Kharga Oasis).

Project information

  • Funded by: European Commission
  • Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2020
  • Grant Agreement ID 101033437
  • Start date: 1/07/2022
  • End date: 30/06/2025
  • Principal Investigator: Carlo Rindi Nuzzolo
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Francesco Paolo Romano
  • Project Leader: CNR ISPC
  • Partners: Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  • Project website

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