Professor Rodolfo Fattovich (1945–2018)
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our good friend and colleague Rodolfo Fattovich, who passed away in Rome on March 23, 2018. Rodolfo was Professor of Ethiopian Archaeology at the University of Naples, “L’Orientale” (formerly the Istituto Universitario l’Orientale) from 1974 until his retirement in 2014. Rodolfo’s distinguished career included archaeological fieldwork in Egypt, the Sudan, and Ethiopia. Fattovich was a pioneer of the “new era” of Ethiopian archaeology that began in the 1970s, and he produced a number of students who are now doing innovative research in the Horn and other parts of Africa. Rodolfo was a frequent visitor to the Boston University African Studies Center and Department of Archaeology, where he had long-standing research collaborations with Kathryn Bard (Aksum and Egypt) and Michael DiBlasi (Aksum). Rodolfo was a unique and unforgettable character. He will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues.