Roland Tefnin Archive Collection
Roland Tefnin, Umm el-Marra 1982
Tefnin, Roland (b. Spa, 29 April 1946 ; d. Auroville, India, 13 July 2006) is a Belgian Egyptologist. Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies (1966), Art History & Archaeology (1968) and Oriental Philology & History (1969) from the Free University of Brussels, he obtained his PhD in 1973.
R. Tefnin started his field activity in 1970 as member of the Belgian excavations of Tell Kannas (Syria) directed by André Finet. In 1974, this site was swallowed up by the waters of the Tabqa dam and the « Comité belge de recherches historiques, épigraphiques et archéologiques en Mésopotamie » decided to entrust R. Tefnin with the direction of a new excavation in Syria. One year later, he started to dig at Tell Abou Danne, a site located in the Jabbul plain at more or less 25 kilometers east of Alep where his team was working until 1981.
Between 1978 and 1985, he was also excavating at Tell Umm el-Marra a neighbour site which is nowadays excavated by a team of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Amsterdam.
Between 1978 and 1985, he was also excavating at Tell Umm el-Marra a neighbour site which is nowadays excavated by a team of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Amsterdam. After the Umm el-Marra excavation, R. Tefnin decided to return to his original preoccupations and, from that moment on, he concentrated almost all his research on Egypt.
Full-time assistant at the ULB since 1966, R. Tefnin was appointed as “chargé de cours” in 1974. In the 1980’, in parallel to the creation of the Chair for Egyptian and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, he was nominated Professor (1982) and obtained the highest grade as “Ordinarius” (1985).
Roland Tefnin archive collection (Fonds)
Dates of creation of material
1975 - 1986
Tell Abu Danné and Umm el-Marra excavation team
Umm el-Marra: 6 boxes, 6 tubes, 4 file boxes, 2 folders
The collection is mostly comprised of field notes, pottery records, excavation reports, architectural drawings, plans, object and pottery drawings, photographic documents
Royal Museums for Art and History (RMAH), Brussels
For research purpose only
Copyright restrictions may apply
Source of acquisition
Received as a donation from M. Lebeau on 4th February 2014
Fonds, sub-fonds, series and file level descriptions created by V. Van der Stede and Thibaut Geeraerts (April 2015)
Tell Umm el-Marra
Umm el-Marra, a quadrangular tell of nearly 25 ha, lies east of Alep in the Jabbul plain of northern Syria.
This city, enclosed in an earthen fortification wall with three gates, is located on the crossroads of major trade routes going from the Euphrates to Alep and Tell Mardik-Ebla.
Excavated during six campaigns (1978-1986), the site revealed an occupation sequence lasting from the late Early Bronze Age to the Late Bronze Age. Since 1995, the Belgian team was replaced at Umm el-Marra by a joint archaeological team from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Amsterdam.
R. Tefnin (Fonds) record
Tell Abu Danné (Sub-fonds) record
Tell Umm el-Marra (Sub-fonds) record