Piero Gilento is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow with the ACTECH project (Project ID: 703829) at University Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne and director of the Jordan Hawrān Archaeological Survey (JHAS) together with Pierre Marie Blanc.

He received his PhD in Archaeology from the University of Siena (Italy) on 2013 with a research project on the study of Roman-Byzantine and Islamic architecture in Northern Jordan. His main research interests are focused on Building Archaeology, Traditional Building Techniques, Archaeoseismology, Architectural Heritage Recording and the Circulation and Transmission of Ancient Building Knowledge in the Mediterranean. He worked on various archaeological field projects in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain and Jordan. Since 2009 he collaborates within the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (MiBACT) in several projects of Preventive Archaeology and Archaeological Assistance.


Pierre-Marie Blanc has been responsible for the APOHR team, part of the UMR7041 ArScAn in Nanterre, since 2010. From 1996 to the end of 1999 he was the General Secretary of the French Archaeological Institute in the Near East, IFAPO.

He worked on major archaeological sites in Syria as Qalat Seman (Holy Symeon) in Northern Syria (with Jean-Pierre Sodini), in the city of Bosra, Southern Syria, and also in Sia in the Jebel ed-Druz (with Jean-Marie Dentzer) and actually he is the director of the Mission de Haute Jordanie (MHJ), the co-director of the Jordanian Hawrān Archaeological Survey (JHAS) together with Piero Gilento, and he is also a member of the French Archaeological Missions in Tadjikistan and in the Farasan Islands (Saudi Arabia). His main research interests are on the material culture of the Near East from the Nabataean time to the Early Islamic period with a special focus on the pottery.



François Villeneuve, supervisor of the ACTECH project, has been the Director of the laboratory ArScAn – UMR 7041 since January 2017. He is professor of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Hellenistic and Roman Period in Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, was an associate professor of Ancient History at the École Normale Supérieure and was Director of the French Archaeological Institute in the Near East (IFAPO). From 2012 to the 2017, he has been one of the senior members of the Institut Universitaire de France.

He started working in Southern Syria in 1977 (till 1993), especially in Sia and Diyatheh, then in  Jordan in 1978 with projects first at Iraq al-Amir (1978-1987) and then at Dharih in the Nabataean southern area (1983-2018). Since the mid-2000’s he started new projects at Hegra and the Farasan islands in Saudi Arabia. His main research interests are on the material cultural contacts (architecture, religion, pottery) in the Southern Middle East in late Hellenistic era and Roman period.




Gourguen Davtian is a research Engineer at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Nice, France (CNRS-UMR 7264). He is specialized in Geomatics studies and he defended his Phd with a thesis titled: “Data analysis and automated cartography: application to principals climatic variables Mediterranean side of the Maghreb”. He has been working in France and many countries around the world, particularly in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), in the Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Armenia) and in Yemen, Kenya, Ethiopia, UAE and Oman since the last ten years.

His main research topics are: Geographical Information System, Remote Sensing, GPS and Database Management System.




Pauline Piraud-Fournet, doctor in archaeology and architect, is an associate researcher at the French Institute for the Near East (Ifpo-French Foreign Ministry and CNRS) in Amman. Her main research interests are in Ancient architecture and dwellings with a focus on the Ancient structures and buildings related to hosting, care, assistance and charity (hospices, hostels, hospitals, diaconia, prisons etc). For many years she has been working on archaeological sites in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, Egypt, Pakistan, with particular focus on sanctuaries, funerary architecture, oil presses and dwellings. From 2006 to 2012, she held the post of architect for the scientific department of Archaeology at the Ifpo, in Damascus, then in Amman.
In her PhD, defended in 2016 at University Paris IV-Sorbonne, the disciplines of building archaeology, study of construction processes and comparative architecture in the basalt region of Hauran were combined with archaeological excavations to analyze a vast urban residence from the Late Antique period of Bosra (Southern Syria). Then, a review of the Bosra landscape in Late Antiquity highlighted the development of the city, the diversity of the monuments and the variety of sources available to study them.





Piero Gilento

Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral research fellow at Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne

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