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Michele Minardi

  • Michele Minardi has been at HSE University since 2019.


07/2019 - present Principal Investigator "Old Kandahar: an archaeological reappraisal". (Project supported by the Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum).

2017 - present Co-Principal Investigator, "Shifting the foundation of Zoroastrian History: a fresh focus on Chorasmia" (Project supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant 170101770).

2010 - present Field Director and Survey Manager, Karakalpak-Australian Expedition to Ancient Chorasmia, University of Sydney & Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Karakalpak branch, Nukus. 

2017 - 2018 Research Associate, Ausonius UMR 5607 CNRS, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France.

2016 Director of the Uzbek-French Archaeological Expedition to Karakalpakstan. Excavations at Angka-kala, Uzbek Academy of Sciences, Karakalpak branch, Nukus & University of Bordeaux.

2014 - 2016 Excellence Initiative Bordeaux Postdoctoral Fellow (ANR-10-IDEX-03-02), University of Bordeaux/Bordeaux Montaigne, Ausonius Institute UMR 5607 CNRS.

Education and Degrees

  • 2013

    University of Sydney

  • 2007

    MA in Classical Archaeology
    Sapienza University of Rome, Archaeology

  • 03/2018 Italian National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) for Associate Professor roles (10/N3: Cultures of Central and Eastern Asia)


05/2019 - ongoing Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications at the Harvard Semitic Museum.

"Old Kandahar: an Archaeological Reapprisal"

11/2016 - ongoing Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant DP170101770

"Shifting the foundations of Zoroastrian history: a fresh focus on Chorasmia".
Co-Principal Investigators: A. Betts (Sydney), M. Minardi (Moscow), F. Grenet (Paris) & M. Karlybaev (Nukus). 


Article Minardi M., Carandini A. La casa privata di Servio Tullio e la sua Fortuna" [The private house of king Servius Tullius and his Fortuna] // Workshop di Archeologia Classica . 2007. Vol. 4. P.  17-52.

Shedding Light on Mysteries of the Past

Michele Minardi, from Italy, holds a PhD in Archaeology from Sydney University and has spent a number of years in investigating Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan. He has recently joined the team of Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology of the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies as a Research Fellow. We spoke with Michele about his projects, teaching methods and expedition plans.