Letizia Trinco works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Nilgiri Archaeological Project (2021-2026). She has a background in history of art and archaeology of South and Central Asia. She holds a BA and a MA in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies, Sapienza University of Rome, where she also obtained her PhD (2015). Her dissertation focused on a variety of South Asian funerary artefacts commonly referred to as “hero-stones”.
She participated in the Uzbek-Italian Archaeological Mission to the site of Uch Kulakh, in the oasis of Bukhara, Uzbekistan (2009), and conducted several surveys in India between 2013 and 2019, predominantly in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, as part of her research activity at Sapienza University of Rome.
Her research interests encompass funerary rituals and memorialisation in ancient South Asia, religious iconography, Traditional Knowledge and its documentation, digital humanities.
Within the SANGH research group, she also works on the project Excavations at Bodhgaya, the Site of the Buddha's Enlightenment (2021-2024).