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Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale

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Founder(s)  Jules Ferry
Director  Laurent Bavay
Website  Official website
Established  1880
Location  Egypt
Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale

The Institut français d'archéologie orientale (or IFAO), also known as the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo is a French research institute based in Cairo, Egypt, dedicated to the study of the archaeology, history and languages of the various periods of Egypt's civilisation.


The IFAO is under the authority of the French Ministry for National Education, Advanced Instruction, and Research.

The Institute conducts archaeological excavations and also publishes a number of books and journals.


The IFAO was created on 28 December 1880 by a signed decree of the French Minister of Public Instruction and Fine Arts Jules Ferry, which created a permanent Mission in Cairo, intended as a counterpart in Egypt of the French Schools of Athens (Ecole française d'Athènes) and of Rome (Ecole française de Rome), under the name of the "French School of Cairo" (École française du Caire).

The School adopted its current name of "Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale" in 1898.


  • 1880-1881 Gaston Maspero
  • 1881-1883 Eugène Lefébure
  • 1883-1886 Eugène Grébaut
  • 1886-1898 Urbain Bouriant
  • 1898-1912 Émile Chassinat
  • 1912 Mgr Louis Duchesne
  • 1912-1914 Pierre Lacau
  • 1914-1928 Georges Foucart
  • 1928-1940 Pierre Jouguet
  • 1940-1953 Charles Kuentz
  • 1953-1959 Jean Sainte-Fare Garnot
  • 1959-1969 François Daumas
  • 1969–1976: Serge Sauneron
  • 1977–1981: Jean Vercoutter
  • 1981–1989: Paule Posener-Kriéger
  • 1989–1999: Nicolas Grimal
  • 1999–2005: Bernard Mathieu
  • 2005-2010: Laure Pantalacci
  • 2010-2015: Béatrix Midant-Reynes
  • Since 2015: Laurent Bavay
  • Head of Scientific and Technical Relations

  • Jean-Pierre Corteggiani
  • Recent IFAO archaeological excavations

    This section originally from French Wikipedia article: Fouille archéologique en Égypte
  • Abu Roash, directed by Michel Baud
  • Adaima
  • 'Ayn-Manawir (Kharga Oasis)
  • 'Ayn Soukhna, in collaboration with the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities
  • Bahariya Oasis, directed by Frederic Hake
  • Balat ('Ayn-Asil, Dakhla Oasis)
  • Baouit
  • Cairo, on the Ayyoubide Wall (mediaeval)
  • Deir el-Bahri, with Nathalie Beaux-Grimal
  • Deir el-Medina
  • Dendera, conducted by Sylvie Cauville
  • Ermant (temple of Montu), by Christophe Tiers
  • Karnak-North (Treasury of Thutmose I)
  • Qal' At Al-Guindi
  • the temple of Qasr Al-Aguz
  • Saqqara-South, directed by Vassil Dobrev
  • Tebtunis (in the Fayum), joint mission with the University of Milan
  • in the area of Aïn Soukhna, joint with the University Paris IV-Sorbonne
  • Tanis
  • Tinnîs, in collaboration with the British expedition of the University of Cambridge
  • El Tôd, carried out by Christophe Thiers (6th expedition)
  • Tuna el-Gebel (Tomb of Petosiris), by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani
  • Publications

    The Institute has a library containing more than 80,000 volumes, and also publishes a variety of books and journals. The IFAO's scientific members belong to two sections: the first studies ancient Egyptian and papyrological matters, while the second studies the Coptic and Islamic periods.

    Journals and book series of the IFAO include:

  • Annales islamologiques (AnIsl)
  • Bibliothèque d'études
  • Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques (BCAI)
  • Bulletin de la céramique égyptienne (BCE)
  • Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (BIFAO)
  • Cahiers des Annales islamologiques (CAI)
  • Cahiers de la céramique égyptienne (CCE)
  • Documents de fouilles de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale (DFIFAO)
  • Études alexandrines
  • Études urbaines
  • Fouilles de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale (FIFAO)
  • Mémoires publiés par les membres de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale (MIFAO)
  • Mémoires publiés par les membres de la Mission archéologique française du Caire (MMAF)
  • Paléographie hiéroglyphique
  • Publications du Service des antiquités de l'Égypte et de l'Ifao (PIFAO)
  • Recherches d'archéologie, de philologie et d'histoire (RAPH)
  • Répertoire chronologique d'épigraphie arabe (RCEA)
  • Textes arabes et études islamiques
  • Temples ptolémaïques
  • Textes et traductions d'auteurs orientaux (TTA)
  • Voyageurs occidentaux en Égypte
  • References

    Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale Wikipedia

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