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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 (professor at KU Leuven, Belgium) 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.



Online seminar "Recherches sur les conditions d’émergence du premier royaume de Nubie (Kerma, Soudan, 2500-1500 avant notre ère)"

by Matthieu Honegger

The next Archéo-Nil seminar (in French) will take place on Friday 17 February 2023 from 1 to 2pm. It will be given by Matthieu Honegger, Professor of Prehistoric Archaeology at The University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Depuis 1994, je mène des campagnes de fouille annuelles dans la région de Kerma, en amont de la troisième cataracte dans le nord du Soudan. Kerma est une bourgade qui a donné son nom au premier royaume qui
s’est développé au sud de l’Egypte. C’est par les fouilles menées sur sa capitale et sur une partie de sa nécropole, que cet état sans écriture a pu être appréhendé.
Mes recherches ont combiné prospections et fouilles de plusieurs sites permettant de retracer l’évolution de la société depuis le début de l’Holocène jusqu’à la fin du 3e millénaire. Cette approche sur la longue durée a permis de mieux comprendre les spécificités de la région, son attractivité et les changements causés par l’introduction d’innovations et par l’aridité croissante.
Mais l’essentiel de ce séminaire portera sur le 3e millénaire av. n.-è. pour comprendre les conditions d’émergence du royaume de Kerma. C’est notamment grâce à la fouille de près de 400 tombes localisées dans les plus anciens secteurs de la nécropole, qu’il a été possible de suivre sur 500 ans, l’évolution des rites funéraires qui nous révèlent les principaux facteurs qui ont conduit à l’émergence d’une royauté centrée sur
une élite dominante.

To register for this online seminar and receive the connection link, please fill out the online form : http://bit.ly/3JpbrhY

Please note that following your registration, the connection link will only be sent to you the day before the seminar.






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Origins7 Conference in Paris!

19-23 September 2022

Paris hosted the 7th edition of the Origins international conference dedicated to the study of Predynastic and Early Dynastic cultures of the Nile Valley. For five days, specialists in the field will present their work and discuss the most recent results. Archéo-Nil is a partner of the event.

For more information: www.origins7paris.com





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





Archéo-Nil is now available open access on Persée!

Our journal is now available open access on the website Persée nd includes the volumes from 1990 until 2016. Each article has a doi and keyword search is now possible. You can find them from the Journal tab or directlty on Persée website.

More articles will be available soon. Happy reading!










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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