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"Bar des Sciences" on African Archaeology in Archéa (Louvres)


The Archéa museum has just opened in September 2010 in the city of Louvre near Paris. The museum proposes in collaboration with the Departmental Service of Archaeology of Val-d'Oise a series of three "bars des sciences", opened to all, for discussing with archaeologists and researchers on themes connected with the archaeology in Africa..

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 Tribute to Serge Cleuziou (1945-2009)


Serge Cleuziou, professor of oriental archaeology at “Université Paris I” and researcher at the CNRS passed away this Wednesday, October 7 2009, causing an immense loss to relatives, friends, and to science. In more than 30 years, he greatly enriched the knowledge of "formation periods" in Arabia and Oman in particular. A tribute to archaeology and to a great thinker [read more].


Archaeological travels 2009-2010


GREPAL proposes its new season for cultural and archaelogical travels 2009-2010.

Discover Fayoum sites during your adventure travel: marine beds and petrified forests, temples and cities from the Middle empire to the roman period, and other exceptional sites, far from touristic bottlenecks.

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Conference lecture cycle at "Université de Compiègne"


Following the success of the 2008 cycle dedicated to recent  excavations and discoveries in Egypt, specifically in prehistory, the NGO « Université dans la ville », proposes for the 2009-2010 season a new cycle of conferences along with screenings and dedicated to research and discoveries in the Nile valley.  [read more]

The Sesostris III of Pinault's collection : a Pyrrhus style victory ?


Mr. François Pinault and those who defended him just won a decisive battle in the Sesostris III statue affair after 10 years of legal procedures. In the sales catalogue, the statue was represented as an effigy of king Sesostris III. It is, in fact, a statue made of stone, of medium size, 57cm in height, with the sovereign’s name engraved on the belt. This pale copy of the great Egyptian king who directed Egypt with a hand of bronze – with all due respect to Mrs. Desroches-Noblecourt, iron was not used in the Middle empire – at the start of the XIXth century B.C, was auctioned for about 5 million francs. It was apparently a very good deal, since according to very specialized sources, if it had been an original, a royal statue of its kind in such a perfect state of conservation, it would likely be sold around 50 million francs; in other words about 10 times as much. [read more]

 Wild oxen at the Qurta cliff


Cliffs in Upper-Egypt, located at some 10km from Djebel Silsileh, in 2005 revealed prehistoric rock decorations: Qurta I, Qurta II and Qurta III. The team of Dirk Huyge, The Royal Art and Brussles History museums (Belgium), reidentified in 2007 numerous representations of animals, both engraved and hammered [read more]

 Opening of the unpublished objects section


Discover two unpublished predynastic objects, published by the GREPAL and revealed for the first time. You can discover the earliest known representation of a lion, a miniature palette, as well as a red ceramic with black rim etched with the figure of a wild ox, the ealiest animal representation found on a neolithic Egyptian vase. .

Also, a new travel program to the Oasis is proposed.

 Online publication of the Bamiyan Buddha file


You can now read a new file about the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas, in 2001. In that year, Taliban forces used explosives to destroy two colossal and unique statues representing Buddha, to the west of Kabul, in the name of a Fatwa issued by the mollah Mohammed Omar.

We also draw your attention to the online publication of articles by our members, which you will find in the publications

 The site back online!


Dear visitors, the updated version of the GREPAL internet welcomes you. Those familiar with our site will notice that it has been overhauled. It has been enriched with new categories and offers of new services. We hope that you will take the time to discover it and that our online communications will respond to your expectations.

Thank you.

 Egypt building its first prehistory museum.


The Egyptian Supreme Counsel of Antiquities (SCA) has decided to construct a museum dedicated to the prehistory of the Egyptian Nile area. The governor of Quena, in Upper Egypt, has offered to host the building, not far from the Qena bridge. This museum is slated to expose more than a thousand objects that are currently conserved by the SCA. The opening date remains to be announced.

 From the Sahara to the Nile


Illustrated by several photographs, this work by Jean-Loïc Le Quellec, Pauline and Philippe de Flers explores the early art of the Egyptian Sahara. The authors, through new mythologies, heighten understanding of the relations between the Nile Valley and the luxurious savannah which in Neolithic times stretched from the Atlantic to Egypt. The Sahara was fertile. [read more

 Tell el-Farkha


In February 2006, the Polish archaeology establishment made two major discoveries in the predynastic layers of Tell el-Farkha in the eastern Delta. Two statues with lost wooden cores and covered with gold foil were unearthed in a habitation layer dated to Naqada IIIb. One is 65cm long and the other is 35cm, and they have lapis-lazuli eyes. They are the only such examples for predynastic archaeology in Egypt. [read more ]

 Congrès ICOM, janvier 2007


The 2007 international Egyptological event took place in Upper-Egypt at Naqada. The ICOM organized a convention on the history of the regions of Naqada and of Qus. 25km North of Luxor, Naqada was the seat of a powerful chiefdom of the 4th millennium. Most of the communications deal with Egyptian prehistory. The Italian school, in particular, presented the results of its excavations at Naqada. The academic sessions took place the 24, 25 and 26 January. [read more



In brief…

The GREPAL is an association under French law of 1901 and was created in 1997. It is made up of archaeologists, trained in Europe and in the East, as well as professionals from other scientific disciplines and communications specialists. The GREPAL addresses an informed public seeking greater knowledge of the origins, the relationships, and the civilizations of the Near-East and Egypt.



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