Dr Andrea Zerbini 1984-2019

Dr Andrea Zerbini 1984-2019

It is with very heavy hearts and deep sadness that we share here the news that our dear colleague, Dr Andrea Zerbini, Assistant Director of CBRL’s institute in Amman, passed away this morning at home in Italy. 

Andrea was appointed Assistant Director in June 2018 and had previously beeCBRL Fellow in Amman (2013 - 2014). He was a core member of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) team at Oxford University and continued his association with EAMENA whilst in Amman until recently. He loved CBRL and Jordan and the six months he spent with us are very precious ones for all of CBRL but for the Amman team especially.  

Andrea was a dynamic and ever positive presence at the Institute. He was wise and always ahead in his ideas and thinking. He was extremely passionate in everything he did, from coffee-making to classics, mastering Arabic, deciphering inscriptions, and analysing satellite imagery. Always at the centre of activities with his infectious mega-watt smile, he was a key driver for change, especially where IT was involved which is the key role he played for EAMENA.  

As a young scholar he was exceptional and as a person, he was extremely kind and generous. He loved archaeologytravel, and the Middle East especially. In 2017, along with a childhood friend, he took part in the Mongol Rally from England to Siberia covering almost two entire continents in a restored Fiat Panda 4X4 whilst raising money for charity. Andrea made friends easily and kept them. Irrepressible and irreplaceable, in his all too short life, his light burned so very brilliantly. 

Andrea fell ill in December 2018 and fought the cancer he was diagnosed with so bravely, but it was not to be. 

We send our deepest sympathies to Andrea’s family and wife, Karen.  

Update on Tuesday 16th July: Before his passing, our dear colleague set up a travel fund to provide annual scholarships for European graduates to travel to the Middle East to better know the culture and people of the region that he loved. His family would kindly request that no flowers are sent and instead, if you would like to support Andrea's legacy, donations are very welcome via the link below. There is also space there to share memories and photos of Andrea:

Andrea on a fieldtrip overlooking Jordan's â€‹Wadi Mujb last September


Celebrating his 34th birthday at the Amman institute. 


With friends and colleagues for an institute dinner.


Accompanied by institute colleague and friend Firas Bqa'in.


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