Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale

The French Institute for Oriental Archaeology (IFAO) in Cairo is one of the major French research centers abroad and falls under the aegis of the Ministry of Education (National, Higher and Research). The institute’s mission is to study the successive civilizations of Egypt from prehistory until the modern era. The disciplines involved are archaeology, history, and language studies. The excavation sites of the IFAO cover all eras (prehistory, Pharaonic Egypt, antiquity, the Islamic period) and they are situated throughout Egypt (Nile valley, Delta, oases, Eastern and Western Desert, Sinai and the Red Sea). The library includes roughly 90,000 volumes specialized in the fields of Egyptology, papyrology, Classical, Byzantine, Coptic and Arabic studies and a archive holding the photographic and scientific records of all the Institute’s excavations since 1971, as well as certain from before that year, plus a map library of some 3000 items belonging to 80 different series. The photograph collection includes more than 300,000 photographs, consisting of 20,000 glass-plates, 100,000 silver negatives, 50,000 slides, some albums and contact sheets. The library is accessible to the public but the photographic collection is not accessible. Contact Details: Name: Philippe Chevrant (Head librarian) and Nadine Cherpion (Archival conservator) Email:, , Address: 37, rue al-Cheikh Ali Youssef B.P. 11562 Qasr al-Aïny 11441 Le Caire – Égypte Tel: + 20 22 79 71 600

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