Archéo-Nil supports several archaeological projects of the "Institut français d’archéologie orientale" in Egypt :

TELL EL-ISWID (SUD)

Situated in the Eastern Nile Delta, north-east of Faqus, Tell el-Iswid (South) was discovered in the 1980s during a survey led by a Dutch team. A new multidisciplinary programme was inaugurated on the site in 2006, led by Béatrix Midant-Reynes. Initial trenches revealed an occupation layer situated upon a sandy mound (gezira), dating to the 4th millennium B.C. In the lower levels, evidence for stratified occupation with domestic features and associated objects were uncovered belonging to the Lower Egyptian Culture. The upper levels show the presence of Naqadian cultural remains. Tell el-Iswid is a key site for studying the acculturation phenomena that was present in the northern part of Egypt at the end of the 4th millennium B.C. A geo-archaeological project aims to reconstruct the site within its natural context and to study the relationships between man and environment during the Predynastic Period.

Link to the Institut français d’archéologie orientale website :
http://www.ifao.egnet.net/axes/milieux-peuplement/delta-ive-millenaire/

Link to the INRAP :
http://www.inrap.fr/tell-el-iswid-la-formation-de-l-etat-en-egypte-10501

KOM EL-KHILGAN

Located 40km east of Mansura in the Daqaliah governorate, Kôm el-Khilgan was excavated from 2002 to 2005 by a team of archaeologists led by B. Midant-Reynes. The most ancient occupation level for this site is represented by a Predynastic cemetery dating to the 4th millennium B.C. The most recent phase belongs to a settlement site and cemetery belonging to the Hyksôs Period (middle of the 2nd millennium B.C.). The significance of the Predynastic cemetery, containing graves and associated objects belonging to the Lower Egyptian cultures and well as the Naqadian graves, is of great importance for the understanding of the acculturation process that marked the Nagada III phase in Lower Egypt.

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Link to the Institut français d’archéologie orientale website :
http://www.ifao.egnet.net/axes/milieux-peuplement/delta-ive-millenaire/

ADAÏMA

Situated 8km south of Isna, the predynastic site of Adaïma includes a settlement and two cemetery sites. The settlement developed during the second half of the 4th millennium B.C., namely between Naqada I and the beginning of the 3rd Dynasty. Discovered by H. de Morgan at the beginning of the 20th century and revisited in 1973 by F. Debono, the site was extensively excavated from 1989 until 2005 by an interdisciplinary mission led by B. Midant-Reynes. Studies on the settlement site and the cemeteries have provided the researchers with a clearer understanding of the functioning of a village community in relation of the development of the elite class and the emergence of the State in the Nile Valley.