Salvoldi Dr., Daniele - POINT Alumnus

Dahlem Humanities Center

Friedrich Meinecke Institut

Historische Geographie des antiken Mittelmeerraumes

Koserstrasse 20
Room A/359
14195 Berlin

Daniele Salvoldi (1982) holds a PhD in Egyptology from University of Pisa (2011) with a thesis about traveller and early epigraphist Alessandro Ricci (1794-1834). He got his MA in Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East (Egyptology) from the same University (2007) and his BA in History and Archaeology of the Ancient World (Egyptology) from University of Milan (2004). In 2011 he catalogued the large drawings collection of William J. Bankes in Dorchester, UK, as part of a grant awarded by the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome. His field of specialization is History of Egyptology and Egyptological Archives.

Postdoctoral Research Project

“Locations, Relations and Interactions: Mapping and Interpreting the Ancient Landscape of Nubia through the Unpublished Archive of William John Bankes (1815-1822)”

William J. Bankes (1786-1855) travelled in Egypt in the years 1815-1819 and then hired a number of artists to record almost all then-known archaeological sites in Egypt and Nubia until 1822. Artists in his service produced an impressive amount of diaries, accounts, letters, maps, drawings, plans and landscape watercolours that are still unpublished.

In the last two hundred years many geo-human factors caused radical changes in these areas. In a landscape almost untouched for centuries, the signs of the interactions between the ancient Nubian human communities and the natural environment were much clearer in Bankes’ times than now.

The cross-disciplinary research project aims to draft a reconstruction of ancient Nubia through the study of the Bankes Archive. For this purpose, a historical geographic information system (HGIS) will be used to structure and present on a digital, multi-layered map information extracted from the Bankes’ documents, such as locations, relations, systems and interactions of the ancient human communities. GIS is an excellent instrument to manage through digital maps what are conventionally named “geographical data” (positions, connections, interactions, paths) and “non-geographical data” (dates, frequency, events, goods traded, etc.). Data interpretation will rely comprehensively on ancient written sources and modern archaeological reports. The outcome of the research project will be a commentary and interpretation of the maps themselves and possibly an Internet open HGIS.

(outline by Dr. Daniele Salvoldi)

  • Salvoldi D., Representations of Copts in Early 19th Century Italian Travel Accounts, in Ayad M. (ed.), Coptic Culture: Past, Present, and Future. Adaptation, Assimilation, and Representation, The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre, Stevenage 2014 (in printing).
  • Salvoldi D., book review of Schwarzmeier L., Czerny E., Kramp M, Ägypten, Nubien und die Cyrenaika. Die imaginäre Reise des Norbert Bittner (1786-1851), Verlag Franz Philipp Rutzen, Ruhpolding 2012, in «Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities» 39 (2013) (in printing).
  • Salvoldi D., The Catalogue of William John Bankes’ Egyptian Portfolio (1815-1822), in «Bulletin of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East» 51 (2012), p. 20.
  • Salvoldi D., book review of Schmidt H., Westcar on the Nile. A journey through Egypt in the 1820s, Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden 2011, in «Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities» 38 (2011-2012), pp. 250-258.
  • Salvoldi D., 22 catalogue entries, in Betrò M.C. (ed.), Ippolito Rosellini and the Dawn of Egyptology. Original Drawings and Manuscripts of the Franco-Tuscan Expedition to Egypt (1828-29) from the Biblioteca Universitaria di Pisa, Ambasciata d’Italia in Egitto, Il Cairo 2010, pp. 68-69, 72-73, 80-85, 98-99, 106-107, 128-129, 132-133, 158-159, 164-165, 168-179, 182-183, 186-191, 200-201 [re-published by Golden House Publications, London 2011].
  • Salvoldi D., Ricci, Belzoni, Salt and the Works in the Valley of the Kings. New Light from the Ricci Travel Account, in Picchi D. (ed.), L’Egitto in Età Ramesside. Atti del Convegno, Chianciano Terme, 17-18 Dicembre 2009, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo 2011, pp. 33-41.
  • Salvoldi D., Alessandro Ricci’s Travel Account: Story and Content of his Journal Lost and Found, in «Egitto e Vicino Oriente» 32 (2009), pp.113-119.
  • Salvoldi D., New Documents on the Life and Death of Domenico Enegildo Frediani (1783-1823), Traveller and Poet in Egypt and the Sudan, in «Göttinger Miszellen» 233 (2012), pp. 51-67.