Collections

Photolibrary Collections

The EFEO's collection of photographs and glass plates constitutes an exceptional documentary resource (archaeology, statuary, architecture, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.) covering many different countries (Cambodia, Vietnam, India, China, Thailand, Laos, etc.). Based on photographs taken during archaeological excavations and expeditions carried out by the School since 1910, the collection gradually expanded thanks to a number of gifts (the Dalet, Bacot, Boulbet, and Bénisti holdings, among others). The photographs, most of them as yet unpublished, will all eventually be digitised.

The photographic collection is of major historic interest. Some of the images feature archaeological sites and monuments before they suffered the irreparable effects of war and pillage; used in conjunction with diaries from archaeological excavations, they make it possible to recreate the way in which restoration work and research was conducted on a day-to-day basis.

Some figures:

  • CAMBODIA: 30,000 indexed digital photos (archaeology, architecture, statuary, iconography, epigraphy, ethnography, etc.);
  • VIETNAM: approximately 7,000 photos (archaeology, iconography, museum collections, etc.) as well as 1,500 indexed digital photos of the Champa region;
  • CHINA: approximately 3,000 photos (archaeology, ethnology, art, museography, graphic documents, etc.);
  • INDIA: several thousand photos;
  • LAOS: 3,000 photos, of which approximately 1,200 dealing with ethnology;
  • SIAM: approximately 2,000 photos (archaeology, various sites, museum collections, etc.)
  • 7,000 glass plates - mostly of Cambodia and Vietnam - have been digitised (the H. Marchal, H. Parmentier, J. Bacot, L. Finot, Ch. Carpeaux collections).
EFEO News
Call for applications
22 July 2020
The ModFer project (Modélisations couplées pour la restitution des réseaux d’échange des métaux ferreux dans les sociétés anciennes [Coupled Modelling for the restitution of ferrous metal exchange networks in ancient societies]) is the winner of funding from the Domaine d'intérêt majeur (DIM) "Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux" [Ancient and Heritage Materials].

The project is carried out by the "Archéomatériaux et Prévision de l'Alttération" (LAPA) and "Astroparticule et Cosmologie" (APC) laboratories, in partnership with the Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux de Paris-Est (ICMPE) of the CNRS and the EFEO.

A call for applications is open for an 18-month post-doctoral contract starting November 1, 2020.
History of Religions Prize of the Foundation ''Les amis de Pierre-Antoine Bernheim''

On June 19, "Les amis de Pierre-Antoine Bernheim" [Friends of Pierre-Antoine Bernheim] Foundation of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres awarded the History of Religions Prize to Martin Nogueira Ramos, EFEO lecturer and head of the EFEO Center in Kyoto, for his work La foi des ancêtres: Chrétiens cachés et catholiques dans la société villageoise japonaise XVIIe-XIXe siècles [Ancestors' faith: Hidden Christians and Catholics in Japanese village society in the 17thto 19th centuries] (Paris, CNRS Éditions, 2019). His work traces the history of Japanese Christian communities from the time of proscription (1614) to the return of missionaries to the archipelago in the second half of the 19th century.
New publication

La réforme politique en Birmanie

pendant le premier moment colonial (1819-1878)

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New publication

Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient 105 (2019)

Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie, vol. 28 (2019) : Pokchang, Image Consecration in Korean Buddhism

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Second volume of the 2018/2019 activity report

The second volume of the 2018/2019 activities report was presented to the School's Academic Council on 23 June. It is now available HERE.