Fabrizio Galeazzi

Research Fellow

StoryLab Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Research Supervision:Yes

Fabrizio is a cultural heritage specialist. His research explores the combination of 3D interactive visualisation and multimodal storytelling to develop cutting-edge solutions for heritage preservation, urban planning and sustainable development.

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Email: fabrizio.galeazzi@aru.ac.uk


Fabrizio is an interdisciplinary expert in digital heritage with 15 years of experience in the application of digital methods and immersive media to cultural heritage documentation, interpretation and communication. He is currently exploring to what extent the use and integration of multimodal narratives and digital technologies can support peoples’ understanding of and engagement with tangible and intangible aspects of their heritage.

His research looks at how digital technologies can affect our understanding of the past, and at how participatory methods and collaborative platforms can increase access and knowledge production in the humanities. He is particularly interested in evaluating the impact that the use of 3D data visualisation might have on reshaping heritage practice and theory.

Fabrizio is currently involved in several digital training programmes, including the UNESCO Network for Mediterranean Youth programme, aimed at equipping partner youth organisations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with new IT skills, with a view to support their engagement for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage.

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English

Research interests

Fabrizio’s interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection between digital technologies, heritage, and archaeology. He has facilitated a number of cross-disciplinary collaborations and projects including a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Fellowship. For this project he developed a web-based interactive environment for the management and analysis of archived 3D data. A 3D viewer was developed for the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York, and within the framework of the European ARIADNE infrastructure project. The tool has since been adopted by the ADS and the open access journal Internet Archaeology.

Fabrizio has significant experience in interdisciplinary research involving data visualisation, audience engagement, and the development of virtual museums and digital collaborative infrastructures in the humanities, as well as user experience and education. His most recent project, Digital documentation of Ksar es-Said was developed in collaboration with the Virtual Experience Company, the University of Essex and the University of Cambridge, and funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund. This project focused on the tangible and intangible heritage associated with the Palace of es-Said (Bey’s family) in Tunis. A detailed and interactive 3D model of the Palace of es-Said is available online and is accompanied by educational activities designed to foster critical engagement by school children in Tunisia with both the tangible and intangible aspects of their heritage.

Fabrizio's current research explores the potential of integrating 3D interactive visualisation of urban heritage and landscape with multimodal narratives to foster community participation and heritage-led strategies for urban planning, development and sustainability in different interdisciplinary research streams:

  • Heritage in conflict areas: How urban landscape and sense of place, together with cultural heritage values and community identity change in the aftermath of a conflict/revolution.
  • Heritage and climate change: How innovative visualisation technologies can be used as a narrative tool for community engagement in resilience and climate adaptation, increasing people’s understanding and perception of the risk.
  • Heritage monitoring and preservation: To what extent 3D technologies can allow the development of an accurate risk management plan for the preservation of heritage sites.

Areas of research supervision

  • Digital heritage and creativity
  • Heritage and climate change
  • Heritage of conflict
  • 3D documentation
  • 3D visualisation
  • Heritage monitoring and preservation

Current PhD projects

  • Storytelling, workflow and language in the fourth industrial revolution (Virtual Reality, Film)
  • Audience of the future and immersive storytelling of tangible and intangible cultural heritage (Cultural Heritage, Data Visualisation)


  • PhD in World Culture/Digital Heritage, University of California Merced
  • Post-graduate Specialization in Medieval Archaeology, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
  • BA+MA in Archaeology, University of Rome 'La Sapienza'

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, Board of Expert Reviewers for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission (H2020)
  • Member, Board of Reviewers for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK
  • Member, Board of Reviewers for the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO)
  • Member, Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Review College
  • Member, University of California Humanities Network
  • Member, European Association of Archaeologists

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2017: Successful British Council Grant proposal with Virtual Experience Company, the University of Cambridge and he University of Essext for the project Digital documentation of Ksar es-Said
  • 2014–16: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, Department of Archaeology, University of York. 7th Framework Programme for the Research of the European Union
  • 2013–14: University of California President’s Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities
  • 2010-12: Graduate Research Council (GRC) Summer Research Fellowship, University of California Merced
  • 2008–14: PhD Scholarship for international students, University of California Merced

Selected recent publications

Edited books and special issues

Galeazzi, F., and Richards-Rissetto, H. (Eds), 2018. Web-based infrastructures as a collaborative framework across archaeological fieldwork, lab work and analysis. Special Issue Journal of Field Archaeology 43 (S1).

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Galeazzi, F., and Vassallo, V. (Eds), 2018. Authenticity and Cultural Heritage in the Age of 3D Digital Reproductions. McDonald Institute Conversations Series (University of Cambridge). DOI: 10.17863/CAM.27029.

Peer-reviewed articles

Galeazzi, F., and Richards-Rissetto, H., 2018. Web-based Archaeology and Collaborative Research. Journal of Field Archaeology 43 (S1): S1-S8. DOI: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1512701.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Galeazzi, F., and Vassallo, V., 2018. Why authenticity still matters today. In: Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Galeazzi, F., and Vassallo, V. (Eds), Authenticity and Cultural Heritage in the Age of 3D Digital Reproductions. McDonald Institute Conversations Series (University of Cambridge). 1–9. DOI: 10.17863/CAM.27029.

Galeazzi, F., 2018. 3D Virtual Replicas and Simulations of the Past: "Real" or "Fake" Representations? Current Anthropology 59(3): 268–286. DOI: 10.1086/697489.

Galeazzi, F., and Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., 2017. Theorising 3D visualization systems in archaeology: Towards more effective design, evaluations and life cycles. Internet Archaeology 44. DOI:10.11141/ia.44.5.

Galeazzi, F., Callieri, M., Dellepiane, M., Charno, M., Scopigno, R., and Richards, J., 2016. Web-based Visualization for 3D Data in Archaeology: The ADS 3D Viewer. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 1–11. DOI:10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.045.

Galeazzi, F., 2016. Towards the definition of best 3D practices in archaeology: Assessing 3D documentation techniques for intra-site data recording. Journal of Cultural Heritage 17: 159–69. DOI:10.1016/j.culher.2015.07.005.

Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., Camporesi, C., Galeazzi, F., and Kallmann, M., 2015. 3D Printing and Immersive Visualization for Improved Perception of Ancient Artifacts. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. Special Issue on Living Virtual Heritage (MIT Press) 24(3): 243–64. DOI: 10.1162/PRES_a_00229.

Galeazzi, F., Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, P., and Matthews, J. L., 2015. Comparing 2D pictures with 3D replicas for the digital preservation and analysis of tangible heritage. Museum Management and Curatorship 30(5): 462–83. DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2015.1042515.

Galeazzi, F., Moyes, H., and Aldenderfer, M., 2014. Defining Best 3D Practices in Archaeology: Comparing Laser Scanning and Dense Stereo Matching Techniques for 3D Intrasite Data Recording. Advances in Archaeological Practice 2(4). DOI: 10.7183/2326-3768.2.4.353.

Recent presentations and conferences

Invited lectures, seminars and workshops

12th Annual Institute for European Archaeology (IEMA) Conference, Critical Archaeology in the Digital Age, University of Buffalo, 6-7 April 2019. '3D Thinking in Archaeology: From Critical Interaction to Effective Evaluation'.

UNESCO Network for Mediterranean Youth programme, 2018. Invited Instructor for a digital workshop on creative digital technologies and cultural heritage, aimed at equipping partner youth organizations with new IT skills, with a view to support their engagement for the protection and promotion of cultural heritage.

Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (Italy), 2018. Invited Teachers Instructor for 'FUTURA: National Plan for the Digital School’ (three days of training and activities, Bologna, January 2018). 2018: The Year of Cultural Heritage. Archaeology in 3D: educational applications.

Publishing Archaeological Data Online Workshop, ANAMED (Research Center for Anatolian Studies), Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1 December 2017. ‘Web-Based 3D Visualization and Archaeological Publishing: The ADS 3D Viewer’.

Royal Archaeological Institute Lectures, 2016. ‘Web-based visualisation of archaeological excavation data: combining traditional and innovative methods through collaborative platforms'.

University of Cambridge, 2016 McDonald Seminar Series, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. '3D Web-based Visualisation and Archiving in Archaeology'.

University of York, 2014. Department of Archaeology Research Forum. 'An Integrated Approach for 3D Data Recording, Analysis and Visualisation in Archaeological Field Methods'.

University of York, 2013. Centre for Digital Heritage. ‘Envisioning Digital Heritage'.

Selected conference presentation

Galeazzi, F., and Jensen, P. Online collaborative platforms and 3D visualisation for increased interoperability, integration and interpretation in archaeology. European Association of Archaeologists, 24th Annual Meeting, Barcelona (Spain), 5–8 September 2018.

Galeazzi, F. Evaluation of 3D documentation technologies in archaeology: new strategies and approaches in digital field methods. 3D Digital Technologies and Archaeology Workshop, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, 17–18 May 2016.

Galeazzi, F., and Jensen, P. Digital frameworks in archaeological fieldwork: practices for archiving, management and visualisation of structure-from-motion data. CAA-UK (43rd Computer Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology), Critical Geomatics or just droning on?, Leicester, UK, 5–6 March 2016.

Galeazzi, F., Callieri, M., Dellepiane, M., Charno, M., Scopigno, R., and Richards, J. From research archives to web-based visualization: the ADS 3D viewer. Digital Heritage Conference: 3D in Knowledge Production, Aarhus, Denmark, 20–22 May 2015.

Galeazzi, F. ADS 3D Viewer: an example of open 3D real-time visualization system in archaeology. SAA (Society for American Archaeologists) 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA, 15–19 April 2015.

Galeazzi, F. Finding a place for the new: integrating 3D recording techniques with traditional practices of archaeological documentation. CAA (43rd Computer Application and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology), Keep the Revolution Going, Siena, Italy, 30 March – 3April 2015.

Galeazzi, F., and Lindgren, S. Digital archaeology at Las Cuevas: comparison of laser scanning and dense stereo matching techniques for 3D intra-site documentation. SAA (Society for American Archaeologists) 79th Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, USA, April 2014.