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Society for the study of pre-pharaonic cultures of the Nile Valley

Launched in 1990 out of the need to provide a platform for the growing interest and activity in the fields of Prehistory, Egyptology, Archaeology and Ethnology, Archéo-Nil aims to promote the study of  pre-pharaonic civilisation in the region of North East Africa.

At the crossroads of several disciplines, Archéo-Nil has developed its activities in two main directions: firstly, to provide support for professionals, within the framework of academic institutions (CNRS, Universities and Institutes); and secondly, to provide a platform for the dispersal of this knowledge to the wider community.

A/Prof. Yann Tristant has been president of Archéo-Nil since 2011. The former President and founder of Archéo-Nil is Prof. Béatrix Midant-Reynes, emeritus CNRS research director and former director of the French Institute in Cairo (2010-2015).

An annual thematic journal is a significant aspect of the society's scientific activity.

Scholars are regularly invited to present the results of their research to the public.

To date Archéo-Nil boasts over a hundred members that include, students, full subscribers, benefactors and donors. Our members include many people within the International academic community.



By the 5th millennium B.C., the inhabitants of the Nile Valley had already started to organise themselves into village communities. They had begun the practice of agriculture and animal husbandry. Funerary goods that accompanied some of the dead reveal a complex society whose people did not enjoy equal rights and in which the elite asserted their status through the possession of luxurious objects (flint knives, palettes, copper objects, etc). Writing appears towards 3200 BCE with the first kings of Egypt, regrouped into the so-called Dynasty "0". During an accelerated process of social acculturation, these communities witnessed the advent of a new epoch, namely the emergence of the State that would eventually lead to the Pharaonic Period.

Archéo-Nil encompasses all themes that are devoted to this period, from the development of the first agricultural communities during the Neolithic through until the Early Dynastic Periods. Studies published in the Archéo-Nil Journal cover a wide and diverse geographical area including the Nile Valley and neighbouring deserts, extending into Central Africa, the Sahara and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The themes that concern the Archéo-Nil focus upon methodological, theoretical and practical implications.



Seminar "Le site prédynastique de Maadi : Reconstruire la vie d’une communauté"

by Jade Bajeot

Free online seminar. To register please send an email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

Maadi, en Basse-Égypte, est l'un des sites prédynastiques les plus connus en raison des nombreuses fouilles extensives qui y ont été menées et l'un des plus représentatifs de la Culture de Basse-Égypte. La récente reprise des données des fouilles italiennes a permis de mieux comprendre l'histoire de son occupation et de ses relations avec les autres sites du Delta et du Levant. Nous retracerons les développements du village et les modes de vie de ses occupants à travers les vestiges archéologiques et les matériaux retrouvés.









Seminar "L'origine de la brasserie en Égypte : Ingrédients, outils et processus"

by Adeline Bats

La vidéo de ce séminaire est disponible sur l'espace adhérent

Avec le pain, la bière est l'aliment emblématique de la civilisation pharaonique. Pourtant, bien que souvent dépeint dans les chapelles funéraires des tombes de l'Ancien Empire, le processus de fabrication est encore largement méconnu. Avec la découverte de plusieurs sites de brasserie datés des hautes époques et la multiplication des analyses en laboratoire, il est néanmoins possible de mieux appréhender les techniques employées par les Anciens Égyptiens et leurs évolutions.




Annual Addition of the Analytical Bibliography


Download the annual additions of the Analytical Bibliography of the Prehistory and the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt and Northern Sudan prepared by Stan Hendrickx and Wouter Claes. Annual additions  are now available on the website. You can download them here



New Website

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On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, Archéo-Nil is getting a new look with a new website that is clearer, more interactive with new content!

We have completely overhauled the site's aesthetics and visuals, as well as the navigation experience and content. We now present in detail our different activities and members have a reserved Member Access. All Archéo-Nil articles published before 2017 are now available for free downloading.





Archéo-Nil is a non-profit society created in 1990 to promote the study of the pre-pharaonic cultures of the Nile valley (newsletters, conferences, exhibitions, conferences, etc.) and to assist associated research and archaeological expeditions.”Archéo-Nil is a non-profit society created in 1990 to promote the study of the pre-pharaonic cultures of the Nile valley (newsletters, conferences, exhibitions, conferences, etc.) and to assist associated research and archaeological expeditions.



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