Founded in 1967 on the initiative of Jean Vercoutter, the SFDAS was officially established in 1969. It was led by Andre Vila (1969-1975), Francis Geus (1975-1984), Jacques Reinold (1984-2000), Francis Geus (2000-2004), Vincent Rondot (2005-2009), Claude Rilly (2009-2014) and, since September 2014, by Vincent Francigny. Responsible for cooperating with the Directorate of Antiquities Sudanese in its field activities (excavations and surveys).

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Research structure

Being located within the Department of Antiquities of Sudan, the SFDAS has a close relationship with the latter as well as with Sudanese and foreign institutions related to archaeological research in Sudan. The SFDAS contributes to training the staff of the Department of Antiquities. The SFDAS intends to develop partnerships with French universities and institutions involved in (...)

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Work in progress

More information on our eight ongoing programs : Excavation of the urban Meroitic site of el-Hassa and on the Meroitic necropolis of Sedeinga, surveys in the western desert around the oasis of Selima, Laqyiat Arbaïn, Laqyiat Umran, on the 40-days track and in the Nile valley near Soleb, publication of two volumes : one on the post-Meroitic necropolis of el-Hobagi, and one on the Neolithic and later necropolis of el-Ghaba, and lastly, the edition of the Acta Meroitica and Kush issues.

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The team

Find out more about the team, with a short biography of every member (director, associates, former members).

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Latest releases

Palaces and large residences of the Meroitic Kingdom

"Palaces and large residences of the Meroitic Kingdom", by Marc Maillot, Sorbonne University Press/SFDAS editions. Two volumes, 64 euros.

Funerary customs in the kingdom of Meroe

Vincent FRANCIGNY Paris, Editions Boccard, 2017 ISSN 2101-3195 - ISBN 978-2-7018-0520-7

History and civilizations of Sudan

The pyramids of Meroe made generations of travelers dream, but Sudan of which they are the emblem remains largely unknown. Hence this encyclopedic work, the first synthesis of (...)