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Alessandro Ceccarelli

Alessandro Ceccarelli

PhD Student

Magdalene College
Cambridge CB3 0AG


Alessandro studied a BA in Archaeological Sciences at University ‘Sapienza’ of Rome, Italy, and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, followed by a MA in History of Art and Archaeology (South Asia) at SOAS, University of London. After interrupting a PhD in Archaeology and Pottery Analysis at UCL, Alessandro is currently undertaking his PhD at University of Cambridge on the scientific and morpho-stylistic analysis of archaeological ceramic materials from South Asian sites (Indus Valley Civilisation).

Alessandro is also an accredited member of archaeological bodies, i.e. CIfA, and worked for European and English museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum (Assistant Lecturer, Learning Centre), British Museum (volunteer consultant, South Asian Department) and National Museum of Oriental Art “Tucci”, Rome (Department of Education).


Research Interests

  • Archaeology
  • Indus Civilization
  • South Asia
  • Pottery Analysis (morhpo-stylistic and compositional)
  • Ceramic Thin-Sections

My research focuses on Archaeology of South Asia. This research has focussed on ceramic materials, North Western India and the Indus Civilization. I am currently engaged in field projects focussing on collapse and transformation of Urban civilisations in South Asia.

I am presently involved in the following research projects:

  • 09/2016 – 2019: Two Rains Project - Winter Rain, Summer Rain: Adaptation, Climate Change, Resilience and the Indus Civilisation


Research Supervision

Principle Supervisor: Dr Cameron Petrie

Advisor: Dr Patrick Quinn


Other Professional Activities

Member of Magdalene college

Accredited Member of Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA)

Museum Educator, Victoria and Albert Museum, London