Gianluca Miniaci is an Italian Egyptologist, currently Senior Researcher at the University of Pisa.
He studied from 1999 to 2004 Classical Archaeology and wrote his dissertation in Egyptology on the "The royal necropolis of the 17th dynasty at Dra Abu el-Naga (Thebes west)". This work received an honor. In 2008 he finished his PhD in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Pisa, titled "The funerary culture at the end of the Second Intermediate Period: the emergence of the rishi coffin style". He continued his academic formation in London, Institute of Archaeology, UCL and in Paris, École Pratique des Hautes Études, EPHE, thanks to two Individual Marie Curie Fellowships. He worked in the most renowned museums, as the British Museum and the Musée du Louvre.
Miniaci is directing an archaeological mission in the site of Zawyet el-Maiyitin (Menya, Egypt) and he is deputy-director of the University of Pisa excavation at Thebes, in the cemetery of Dra Abu el-Naga. He is editor-in-chief of the international series “Middle Kingdom Studies”, GHP-London.
Miniaci is the author of several books and more than 60 articles, including: Rishi Coffins and the funerary culture of Second Intermediate Period Egypt (a study of the Egyptian rishi coffins of the Second Intermediate Period) and Lettere ai morti nell'Egitto antico e altre storie di fantasmi.(with Marilina Betrò and Stephen Qurike), Company of Images: Modelling the Imaginary World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1500 BC). Proceedings of the International Conference of the EPOCHS Project held 18th-20th September 2014 at UCL, London, OLA 262, Leuven-Paris-New York: Peeters, 2017, ISBN 978-90-429-3495-5
G. Miniaci, W. Grajetzki: The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1550 BC), Vol. II, MKS 2, London: GHP, 2016, ISBN 9781906137489
G. Miniaci, W. Grajetzki: The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1550 BC), Vol. I, MKS 1, London: GHP, 2015, ISBN 978-1906137434
Lettere ai morti nell'Egitto antico e altre storie di fantasmi, Brescia: Paideia Editrice, 2014, ISBN 978-8839408600
(with Marilina Betrò), Talking along the Nile. Ippolito Rosellini, travellers and scholars of the 19th century in Egypt. Proceedings of the International Conference held on the occasion of the presentation of Progetto Rosellini. Pisa, June 14–16, 2012, Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2013, ISBN 886-74-1128-4
Rishi Coffins and the Funerary Culture of Second Intermediate Period Egypt (GHP Egyptology 17), London: GHP, 2011, ISBN 978-1906137243
(with Paolo Del Vesco, Marilina Betrò), Seven Seasons at Dra Abu El-Naga. The tomb of Huy (tt14): preliminary results, Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-8884926036
La guerra e i suoi riflessi nelle società antiche. Atti del convegno del dottorato di orientalistica università di Pisa 26-27 giugno 2007, Pisa: ETS, 2009, ISBN 978-8846720337