Roberta Giunta (Islamic section)

Associate Professor of Islamic Archaeology and Art History, and Islamic Epigraphy at the Dipartimento Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo of the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Since 1993 she carried out archaeological and epigraphic researches in many countries of the Near and Middle East. Since 2004, she is deputy director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan and responsible for the Islamic section. She is the author of several monographic studies and numerous papers published in national and international journals.

Anna Filigenzi (Buddhist section)

Associate Professor in Indian Archaeology and Art History at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She is the director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan since 2004, and a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan since 1984. She is a member of several scientific institutions, in Italy and abroad.



Julian Bogdani

Assistant professor at Sapienzia University of Rome where he teaches Digital Humanities and Archaeology and has collaborated since 2014 with the Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan for the drafting and publishing of the online database of the project and the website. He is the principal developer of Bradypus online relational database managing system and has collaborated with tens of Italian and International archaeological projects designing and publishing GIS platforms and digital information systems.



Carlotta Passaro

Architect and graphic designer. Since 2011, she is member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Ghazni (Afghanistan) and, since 2019, of the Italian Archaeological Mission in al-Balid (Oman). She is an expert in digital reconstruction via 2D and 3D of pre-Islamic archaeological contexts and Islamic structures and architectural decoration.



Valentina Laviola

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and Adjunct Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Bologna. She obtained her PhD in 2016 at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Her studies are devoted to Islamic archaeology and material culture, with a focus on the production of medieval Eastern Iranian lands.

Martina Rugiadi

Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-director of the Towns of the Karakum (ToKa) archaeological project. She recently co-edited The Seljuqs and their Successors. Art, Culture and History (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). Her research is situated at the intersection of archaeology and art history. Current interests include craft practices, spolia, Islamic art historiography.



Giulia Forgione

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where she also graduated in Archaeology and received her PhD. She is a member of the Italian Archaelogical Mission in Afghanistan since 2014. Her research area is the Archaeology and History of Art of Central Asia, with particular focus on the clay and stucco sculpture of pre-Islamic Afghanistan (III/IV sec. – X/XI sec.).



Viola Allegranzi

Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Iranian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). In 2017, she obtained a joint PhD at the Universities Sorbonne Nouvelle and University of Naples “L’Orientale”, with a dissertation focused on the Persian inscriptions from Ghazni. Her main fields of research are monumental epigraphy, Persian literature and historiography, and the material culture of Iran and Central Asia (8th-14th century).

Arturo Annucci

Ph.D. student in Islamic Numismatics (University of Naples “L’Orientale”). Since the MA, he has been focusing on the coinage of the Eastern Iranian territories, studying also at the Münzkabinett and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). He is part as numismatist in international projects and archaeological missions.

Agnese Fusaro

Archaeologist and ceramics specialist. She got a PhD in Islamic archaeology in 2014 at Sapienza University of Rome. She is a member of the ERAAUB team (University of Barcelona). She has participated and currently participates in many archaeological projects in Syria, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Pakistan, Oman, Uzbekistan. Working experience in the museum field and in academic teaching.

Martina Massullo

Teaching and Research Assistant in Arabic Language and Civilization at the University of Lille (France). She defended her joint PhD in 2017 at Aix-Marseille University and University of Naples “L’Orientale”. Her main fields of research are Islamic Archaeology and Epigraphy with a particular focus on funerary architecture from the Eastern Iranian lands. Current interests include sacred shrines and devotional topography in late medieval and early modern Afghanistan.



Dr Fahim Rahimi

Director of the Kabul National Museum

Ghulam Naqshaband Rajabi

Representative of the Italian Mission in Ghazni

Zafar Paiman

Afghan Institute of Archaeology


Other Participants

Over the years, the following persons have participated in this project:

Simona Artusi, Andrea Luigi Corsi, Flavia De Caro, Donatella Ebolese, Annamaria Fedele, Marco Ferrandi, Sabatino Laurenza, Carla Manna, Sara Marsano, Maurizia Onori, Danilo Rosati, Ajmal Yar (Kabul National Museum).