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Archéo-Nil Executive Committee



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 YTristant web

Associate Professor at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), Yann Tristant studied at the École du Louvre and the Sorbonne. After obtaining his PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), focusing on the Nile Delta before the Pharaonic period, he joined the Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO, Cairo) as a scientific member, then the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University. He is professor at KU Leuven (Belgium) since 2021 where he teaches the archaeology of Egypt. His main areas of expertise are protohistory, funerary archaeology and human-environment relations. He has worked on many sites in Egypt. He is currently preparing the publication of the excavations carried out at Abu Rawash (Memphite region), an archaeological survey project in the Wadi Araba (Eastern Desert) and is leading the excavation of the Dendara Necropolis (Upper Egypt).



Dominique Farout


Dominique Farout is an art historian and epigraphist. He has been a member of Archéo-Nil since its foundation. He teaches Egyptian language and civilization at the Ecole du Louvre and the Institut Khéops, and is a member of the PLH-Crata of the Jean-Jaurès University in Toulouse. He participated in the excavations of Abu Rawash from 2002 to 2006, Tell Edfu from 2005 to 2007 and the Hatnub quarries since 2016.







Marie-Noël Bellessort


Graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Marie-Noël Bellessort is a professor of art history at the Penninghen School of Graphic Arts and Architecture, and a tutor in Egyptian archaeology at the Ecole du Louvre. Her research focuses on board games in the context of Egypt and the Near East. 







Laëtitia Maggio

LMaggio web

Graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Master in Roman History from the University of Paris IV-La Sorbonne and former student of the Institut National du Patrimoine, Ms. Laetitia Maggio is currently curator at the Regional Archaeology Service in Lille, within the Hauts-de-France Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs. She also teaches Egyptian archaeology and Roman history at the University of Lille and the University of Valenciennes. Her research focuses on Ramesside stelae and the cult of the royal colossus of the New Empire.


Communication manager

Chloé Girardi


Archaeo-anthropologist at Éveha, Dr Chloé Girardi is a specialist in predynastic Egyptian mortuary practices and the first six dynasties. She holds a doctorate in archaeology from the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and is now an associate researcher at the ASM (Archaeology of Mediterranean Societies) laboratory of the same university. Trained in the principles and methods of archaeothanatology, she participates in the excavation of funerary sites in France and abroad (Saudi Arabia, Crete, Egypt and the Palestinian Territories). She is a member of the Dendara archaeological mission since 2018. 




Project manager

Alice Leplongeon


Former student of the Ecole du Louvre and Doctor of Prehistory from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Dr Alice Leplongeon is currently a post-doctoral student at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Her research focuses on the prehistory (Palaeolithic) of East and North-East Africa, and in particular on the interactions between human populations and their environment over the last 50 millennia


Project manager

Bénédicte Lhoyer


BLhoyer web

Holder of a doctorate in Egyptology from the University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and a postgraduate diploma from the Ecole du Louvre, Dr Bénédicte Lhoyer is a specialist in disability, illegality and marginality in ancient Egypt. Currently in post-doctoral studies at the CNRS (UMR 8560 - Centre Alexandre Koyré), she is also an associate professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and teaches at the École du Louvre. She has excavated in the Levant and in Egypt. 

Honorary Executive Committee members

President: BÉATRIX MIDANT-REYNES, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER (1990-2011) | Honorary president: JEAN LECLANT (1990-2011) | Vice-president: JEAN-CLAUDE L’HERBETTE (1990-2010), EVELYNE FAIVRE-MARTIN (2011-2018) | Secretaries: NATHALIE BUCHEZ (1990), PATRICK GAUTIER (1991-1994), MICHELLE DE SAINTILAN (1995-1996), ALAIN FORTIER (1996-2006), CHRISTIANE HOCHTRASSER-PETIT (2006), EVELYNE FAIVRE-MARTIN (2007-2010), DOMINIQUE FAROUT (2007-2010), CÉCILE LANTRAIN (2011-2014), LAËTITIA MAGGIO (2015-2018) | Treasurers PATRICK GAUTIER (1990-1996), MICHELLE DE SAINTILAN (1997-2000), CHANTAL ALARY (2001-2017) | Communication managers: CAMILLE AUBAUD (1990-1992), CHRISTIANE PETIT (1997-2006)



Seminar "Art rupestre du Sahara égyptien et ontologies préhistoriques"

by Emmanuelle Honoré

The next webinar (in French) will take place on Friday 15th Noveùber 2021 from 1 to 2pm. Emmanuelle Honoré (Institut d'Etudes Avancées, Paris) will present her research on the rock art of the Egyptian Sahara.

The video of this seminar will be available for members after the seminar in their reserved area










Archéo-Nil celebrated its 30th birthday at the Musée d'Archéologie Nationale in Saint-Germain-en-Laye

For the 30th anniversary of the society, Archéo-Nil has organised an exceptional day at the National Archaeology Museum in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The morning was devoted to lectures in the auditorium; it was an opportunity for the new generation of researchers working on Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt to present its work. The afternoon was devoted to workshops in the galleries of the museum with artefacts taken out of the cabinets for the occasion. They were visible in small groups, commented by the researchers. The photos of the day are available for members in their reserved area.

Sans titre




Early Egypt Bibliography (EEB)



For over 25 years, the “Bibliography of the Prehistory and the Early Dynastic period of Egypt and northern Sudan” has been the essential bibliographical research tool regarding the Prehistoric, Predynastic and Early Dynastic periods in Egypt and northern Sudan (up to the latitude of Khartoum). The original bibliography was published in 1995 by Stan Hendrickx, with yearly updates in the journal Archéo-Nil, from 2010 onwards in collaboration with Wouter Claes. With the generous aid and collaboration of the IFAO (Christian Gaubert) and Archéo-Nil (Yann Tristant), the EEB is now available as a freely accessible and online database at




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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