Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale

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Institut français d'archéologie orientale
The double lion logo of the Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale
Founder(s) Jules Ferry
Director Laurent Bavay

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 School at Athens (Ecole française d'Athènes) and French School of Rome (Ecole française de Rome), under the name of French School of Cairo (École française du Caire).

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



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Head of Scientific and Technical Relations

Recent IFAO archaeological excavations

This section originally from French Wikipedia article: Fouille archéologique en Égypte
25 March - 28 April 2004 (10th expedition)
1 November - 15 December 2003 (15th expedition)
4 October - 28 December 2003
7 October 2005 - 7 January 2006
4 January - 8 February 2004
27 March - 18 May 2004
20 December 2003 - 4 May 2004
11–29 September 2003
12 April - 12 June 2003
7 October - 22 November 2003
26 April - 15 June 2004
27 September - 25 October 2003
12–15 December 2003
November 2003 - February 2004
17 February-6 March 2004
April 2001, carried out by Pr Claude Traunecker (1st expedition)
10 April 2004 - 29 April 2004 (4th expedition)
8 October 2003 - 30 December 2003
1994 (1st expedition)
25 August - 30 October 2003
5–17 April 2004
15 November - 11 December 2003


Cover of Le Bulletin de l'Institut Francais d'Archeologie Orientale (BIFAO), Vol.103 (2003). Cover-BIFAO103.png
Cover of Le Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (BIFAO), Vol.103 (2003).

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:

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