Enrico Ascalone, University of Goettingen, is the Director of the Multidisciplinary Archaeological International Project at Shahr-i Sokhta (= MAIPS, Sistan-va-Bauchistan, Iran) since 2016. Achieved Master (University of Rome “Sapienza”, 1999), Ph.D. (University of Naples “L’Orientale”, 2002), post-graduate specialization (University of Rome “Sapienza”, 2003), Post-Doc. (Istituto di Scienze Umane of Florence, 2008) and the position of Expert (University of Salento, 2012-2016) in “Archaeology of Ancient Near East”, he has taken position at the “Sapienza” University of Rome (2010-2013), ASET Institute of Berlin (2014-2015), University of Copenhagen (Saxo Institute, 2016-2017) and University of Goettingen (2017-2020); moreover, he has been Professor at the University of Milan (2002-2006), Messina (2005-2006) and Palermo (2008-2010). Author of books on the Mesopotamia Civilization (2005, translated in 7 languages), the Archaeology of Ancient Iran (2006 and 2015), the Eblaite Weighing System (2006), the Elamite Glyptic Art (2011), the Archaeology in the World Heritage (2001 and 2004) and the Weighing Systems in Eastern Iran, Central Asia and Indus Valley (in press), he has edited volumes regarding the World Archaeology (1999), the Weights and Measures in the Ancient Near East during the Bronze Age period (2006 and 2011) and two Preliminary Reports on 2017-2019 Shahr-i Sokhta Excavations (2019 and in prep.); he has published scientific articles (more than hundred) principally focused to the Elamite cylinder seals, the Bronze Age Iranian history, the Ancient Near Eastern weighting systems and the commercial/cultural role of the Iranian and Syrian sites during Early and Middle Bronze Age periods. He has been Co-director of the Italian-Iranian Joint Archaeological Mission at Qaleh Kuchek, Kerman province, South-Eastern Iran, in 2009, he has been member of the Italian Archaeological Mission at Tell Mardikh/Ebla and Tell Tuqan, Syria, from 1993 to 2010; he has also participated at the Italian-Palestinian Archaeological Mission at Tell es-Sultan/Jericho in 1998 and 1999. Organizer of two international congress (2004 and 2010) held at Rome (Weights in Context. Bronze Age Weighing Systems of Eastern Mediterranean: Chronology, Typology, Material) and Palermo (The City Before and After its Foundation), he is the scientific responsible for publication of seals from National Museum of Iran (from third to the first millennium BC) and weights found in the Ebla, Tell Tuqan (Syria), Tell es-Sultan (Palestine), Batrawi (Jordan), Rakhigarhi, Farmana, Kuntasi, Nagwada, Bagasra, Nageshwar, Shikarpur, Harappa, Mohenjo-daro, Chanhu-daro, Lothal, Rojdi, Rangpur, Surkotada, Dholavira, Kalibangan, Banawali, Bhirrana (India), Larsa, Kish, Lagash, Telloh (Iraq), Susa, Choga Zanbil, Tepe Yahya, Gorgan and Shahr-i Sokhta (Iran) excavations; he signed agreements with the main research Institutions of Western Asia (Iranian Center for Archaeological Research, Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Iran, National Museum of Iran, Susa Museum, Jiroft Museum, Kerman Museum, Zahedan Museum, Gorgan Museum), South Asia (Archaeological Survey of India, Lothal Museum, Kalibangan Museum, University of Baroda, Deccan College University of Pune), Eastern Asia (Miho Museum), USA (Peabody Museum, Harvard University) and Europe (several, among them the Louvre Museum) for studies and researches.