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Le dattier en Égypte

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Le dattier en Égypte, mise à jour égyptologique et archéobotanique

Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
American University in Beirut
Institut des sciences de l’évolution de Montpellier, ISEM
Amarna Project

Université Paris IV-Sorbonne

• Claire Newton (UQAR (Canada))

• Alan Clapham, archéobotaniste (projets archéologiques Amarna Hisn el-Bab et Qasr Ibrîm)
• Claire Malleson, archéobotaniste (American University of Beirut)
• Cédric Larcher, égyptologue responsable du service Archives et collections (Ifao)
• Pierre Tallet, égyptologue (Sorbonne Université)
• Jean-Frédéric Terral, biologiste (ISEM université de Montpellier)
• Sarah Ivorra (ISEM CNRS)

The status of the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in ancient Egypt differs when viewed from the point of view of archaeobotanists or egyptologists. In order to understand the discrepancies between different types of datasets, a more thorough investigation is required. The main aims of the project are, to start a conversation between archaeobotanists and egyptologists in order to clarify the status of dates and of the date palm in Egypt from the Old Kingdom onwards, and to update our knowledge on date occurrences from the New Kingdom, when the date palm was definitely cultivated in Egypt. We will look into cultivation techniques, uses of the date palm, provenance of dates and morphological diversity, based on both texts and archaeological plant remains.