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Dr Stefania Ermidoro

Stefania Ermidoro has extensively studied ancient Near Eastern History and Assyriology at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. For the duration of her Visiting Fellowship she is hosted by Newcastle University.

Using primary sources, particularly clay tablets inscribed with cuneiform writing, Dr Ermidoro mainly works on the cultural and material history of first millennium B.C. Mesopotamia. She also investigates the rediscovery of the ancient Near Eastern cultures in modern times, an emerging field of research based on the identification, study and evaluation of unpublished or unexploited archival materials.

Dr Ermidoro's research while in the UK aims are to investigate some hitherto unknown aspects of Austen Henry Layard's life (an archaeologist, collector and politician of the Victorian Age), through an archive that has been recently acquired by Newcastle University and that has not been investigated yet. This collection has considerable historical value because it contains evidence of Layard’s activities as ambassador to Madrid and Constantinople, as well as of his experience as an archaeologist in the Near East.

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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


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