Department of Ancient History

Dr Yann Tristant

ancient-staff yannÉcole du Louvre (Paris); BA & MA Paris IV-Sorbonne; PhD EHESS (Paris)

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8851
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 525
Email: yann.tristant@mq.edu.au
 

Profile

Dr Yann Tristant is Lecturer in the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He studied Egyptology and Prehistory at the École du Louvre and the University of La Sorbonne in France. He received his PhD in 2006 on the basis of a dissertation on the Nile Delta during the Predynastic and Early Dynastic period. Dr Tristant was scientific fellow of the French Institute of Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) from 2006 to 2010. His main fields of expertise are Egyptian archaeology and society as well as Pre-and Early Dynastic Egypt. Dr Yann Tristant is also editor of the international scientific journal Archéo-Nil.

Dr Tristant's research interest lies in the Predynastic and Early Dynastic period with special emphasis on settlement excavation and geoarchaeology. He has worked on a number of sites in various parts of Upper and Lower Egypt as well as at oases. Currently he is in charge of excavations in Egypt at Abu Rawash (Memphite area) and Wadi Araba (Eastern Desert), where he is undertaking an archaeological survey.

Academic Career

  • 2010 Lecturer, Egyptian Archaeology, Macquarie University
  • 2006 Research fellowship, Institut français d'archéologie orientale (IFAO), Cairo, Egypt
  • 2006 PhD Archaeology, EHESS, Paris, France

Teaching Experience and Areas of Interests

  • Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt (4th millenium BC)
  • Egyptian Archaeology
  • Methods and Techniques in Archaeology
  • Geoarchaeology

Fieldwork and Current Projects

Since 2001 to present Tristant has carried out archaeological fieldwork at a number of important sites in Egypt, including Adaïma (Upper Egypt), Kôm el-Khilgan and Tell el-Iswid (Nile Delta) and is currently excavating the 1st Dynasty elite cemetery at Abu Rawash.

An elite 1st dynasty cemetery at Abu Rawash (Egypt, Memphite area)

Situated 8km to the northwest of the Giza Plateau and 15km to the West of Cairo, the archaeological region of Abu Rawash belongs to the northern end of the Memphite Necropolis region. The Abu Rawash area is made up of archaeological sites that include many different periods, ranging from the Predynastic through until the Coptic Period. The earliest occupation corresponds to the Early Dynastic 'M' Cemetery, which is situated upon a small knoll east of the plateau of Abu Rawash. Although investigated by Pierre Montet in 1913 and 1914, the results remain largely unpublished. On behalf of the French Archaeological Institute (IFAO), the intent of the project (originally started in 2007) is to initiate a re-excavation of the 1st Dynasty M Cemetery,  which will enable better understanding of the earliest activity in the area, its relationship to the Early Dynastic Period and the region as a whole.

Archaeological survey of the Wadi Araba (Eastern Desert)

The aim of the project is to record all the extant archaeological sites present in the Wadî 'Araba valley. Work thus far has focused on the middle part of the survey area, between Wadî Birayda, Gebel Galala North and the northern part of the Zafarana-Koreimat asphalt road. The area covered is c. 25 x 20km (500 km²). In 2011, a total of 104 new sites/archaeological features were examined, including pharaonic sites and tracks; ancient and modern Bedouin camps; rock art engravings; visual landmarks; unidentified cairns and stone features; modern abandoned military camps.

Strangers in a strange land: The ancient Egyptian mummies of Macquarie University

This project is an interdisciplinary research partnership between the Department of Ancient History and Macquarie Medical Imaging, Macquarie University Hospital. The project aims to undertake scientific investigation of archaeologically derived human remains from ancient Egypt using non-invasive diagnostic medical technologies, including ultra-high resolution CT scanning. This is the first time an Egyptologist has undertaken biocultural studies of curated human remains in Australia. Findings derived from scientific investigations will be placed within their historical context, enabling original contributions regarding Egyptian palaeo-health, demography, nutrition and socioeconomics, and cultural/religious/technological findings regarding mummification practices. Outcomes include publications in leading Egyptological, bioanthropological, and medical journals.

Awards and Grants

Research

Learning and teaching

  • 2014 Innovation and Scholarship Program:'Onsite/Offsite Insights: Becoming Independent Researchers and Twenty-first Century Professionals throughArchaeological Fieldwork Training' (with Ms Beverley Miles)
  • 2014 Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Research Grants: 'Conceptualising the TERRACE : a pilot project for the definition of a pedagogy behind a simulated archaeological excavation'
  • 2014 Macquarie University Strategic Infrastructure Scheme (MQSIS) Teaching Infrastructure Fund : 'The TERRACE - Terrain for Experimentation, Recording and Research in Archaeology under a controlled Environment'
  • 2013 Macquarie University 2013 Competitive Grant : 'Virtual Egyptology. A pilot program into distance learning and teaching in the field of Egyptian Archaeology'

Selected Publications

Books

  • Tristant, Y., L'habitat prédynastique de la Vallée du Nil : Vivre sur les rives du Nil aux Ve et IVe millénaires, British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1287 (Oxford : Archaeopress, 2004), 182 p. - ISBN978-18-417-1379-3.

Co-Edited Books

  • Midant-Reynes, B., Tristant, Y., Egypt at its Origins 2. Proceedings of the International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", Toulouse, 5-8th September 2005, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 172 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2008), 1236 p. - ISBN 978-90-429-1994-5

Book Chapters

  • Tristant, Y., 'Les vases en pierre', in B. Midant-Reynes and N. Buchez (eds), Tell el-Iswid 2006-2009, Fouilles de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale 73 (Cairo, 2014), p. 266-274.
  • Tristant, Y., 'Prospections géomorphologiques et archéologiques', in B. Midant-Reynes and N. Buchez (eds), Tell el-Iswid 2006-2009, Fouilles de l'Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale 73 (Cairo, 2014), p. 7-11.
  • Tristant, Y., 'Les enterrements d'enfants dans l'Égypte prédynastique et pharaonique', in Nenna, M.-D. (ed.), L'Enfant et la mort dans l'Antiquité II. Types de tombes et traitement du corps des enfants dans l'antiquité gréco-romaine, Études Alexandrines 26 (Alexandria: entre d'Études Alexandrines, 2012), p. 15-59 - ISBN 978-2-11-128615-3
  • Tristant, Y., 'The predynastic cultures of the Nile Delta', in Teeter, E. (ed.), Before the Pyramids. The Origins of Egyptian Civilization, Oriental Institute Museum Publication 33 (Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2011), p. 45-54 - ISBN 978-1-885923-82-0
  • Tristant, Y., 'Les instruments agricoles des premières sociétés rurales égyptiennes', in Collectif, De Méditerranée et d'ailleurs... Mélanges offerts à Jean Guilaine (Toulouse: Archives d'Écologie préhistoriques, 2009), p. 723-735 - ISBN 978-2-35842-001-3.

Refereed journal articles

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings

  • Tristant, Y., Smythe, J., 'New excavations for an old cemetery. Preliminary results of the Abu Rawash project on the M Cemetery (1st Dynasty)', in Friedman, R.F. and Fiske, P.N. (eds), Egypt at its Origins 3. Proceedings of the International Conference "Origin of the State.Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", London, 27th July-1st August 2008, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 205 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2011), p. 313-322.
  • Tristant, De Dapper, M., Aussel, S., 'Cultural and natural environment in the eastern Nile Delta. A geoarchaeological project at Tell el-iswid (South)', in Friedman, R.F. and Fiske, P.N. (eds), Egypt at its Origins 3. Proceedings of the International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", London, 27th July-1st August 2008, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 205 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2011), p. 137-153.
  • Tristant, Y., 'How to Fill in the Gaps? New Perspectives on Exchanges between Egypt and the Near East. During the Early Neolithic Period", in Tallet, P., Mahfouz, E.S. (eds), The Red Sea in Pharaonic Times. Recent Discoveries along the Red Sea Coast. Proceedings of the Colloquium held in Cairo/Ayn Soukhna 11th-12th January 2009 (Cairo: Institut français d'archéologie orientale, 2012), 145-158.
  • Tristant, Y., De Dapper, M., 'Predynastic Man and landscape in the Samara Area (Eastern Nile Delta, Egypt). A geo-archaeological approach', in De Dapper, M. & Vermeulen, F. (eds.), 2008 - "Ol'man River": Geo-Archeological Aspects of Rivers and River Plains, Proceedings of the International Colloquium, Ghent, 22-24 September 2006. - ARGU (Ghent: Academia Press, 2009), p. 601-615.
  • Tristant, Y., De Dapper, M., Midant-Reynes, B., 'Human Occupation of the Nile Delta during Pre- and Early Dynastic Times. A View from Kom el-Khilgan', in Midant-Reynes B., Tristant Y. (eds), Egypt at its Origins 2. Proceedings of the International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", Toulouse, 5-8th September 2005, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 172 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2008), p. 463-482.
  • Tristant, Y., De Dapper, M., Midant-Reynes, B., 'Recherches géo-archéologiques sur le site pré- et protodynastique de Kôm el-Khilgan (delta du Nil). Résultats préliminaires des campagnes de prospection 2002-2004', in Goyon J.-C., Cardin Ch. (eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Congress of Egyptologists - Actes du neuvième congrès international des égyptologues Grenoble, 6-12 septembre 2004, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 150 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2007), p. 1841-1850.
  • Midant-Reynes, B., Briois, F., Buchez, N., De Dapper, M., Duchesne, S., Fabry, B., Hochstrasser-Petit, C., Staniaszek, L., Tristant, Y., 'Kom el-Khilgan. A New Site of the Predynastic Period in Lower Egypt. The 2002 Campaign', in Hendrickx S., Friedman R., Cialowicz K.M., Chlodnicki M. (eds.), Egypt at its Origins. Studies in Memory of Barbara Adams, Proceedings of the International Conference "Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt", Krakow, 28th August - 1st September 2002, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 138 (Leuven: Peeters publishers, 2004), p. 465-486.

Editor : Academic Journal

Archéo-Nil

International journal dedicated to the Prehistory and Protohistory of the Nile Valley and its environs. Its themes concern a very broad chronology, from the first Neolithic communities until the emergence of complex societies within a wide geographical area, from the shores of Eastern Mediterranean Sea, to the sources of the River Nile, as well as their neighbouring desert regions.

Higher Degree Supervision

I have supervised successful dissertations both for PhD and other Higher Research degrees in the field of Egyptian Archaeology. I am currently supervising three PhD candidates.

Completed PhD

  • Angela La Loggia, Engineering and construction in Egypt's early dynastic period: a review of mortuary structures (2012)
  • Ronika Power, From cradle to grave: child and infant burials in the Egyptian archaeological record (2011)

Current PhD candidates

  • Aaron De Souza, C-Group? Or Pan Grave: Establishing relationships in the Ceramic Traditions of the C-Group and Pan Grave
  • Frederick Hardtke, Early Egyptian Culture and Society: Gleanings from rock art in the environs of the upper Egyptian Nile
  • Mary Hartley, Pause in the sand: dog burials in Egyptian archaeological record

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