M. Lebeau archive collection

Marc Lebeau Archive Collection

Tell Melebiya, 1985, excavation team. In front, left: Marc Lebeau

Marc Lebeau is a Belgian archaeologist, born in Brussels in 1954. Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Archaeology and in Oriental Philology & History from the Free University of Brussels, he started his field activity in 1975 in the Belgian excavations at Tell Abou Danne (Syria). He obtained his PhD and later his 'Authorization to steer researches' at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and took part to many French excavation seasons in Syria (Mari), Iraq (Tell el-'Oueili) and in the United Arab Emirates (Hili).


He conducted a Belgian archaeological mission at Tell Melebiya (Syria, 1984-1988) and, since 1991, he created and directed a Syrian-European archaeological mission at Tell Beydar (Syria), where the earliest written documents of Syria were discovered.


Author of one hundred scientifical papers, archaeological monographs and editor of many volumes, he founded in 1994 the archaeological series Subartu, dedicated to the multi-disciplinary research in Upper Mesopotamia (Syria, Turkey, Iraq). Since 1992 he is the President of the European Centre for Upper Mesopotamian Studies, Brussels. In 1999 he initiated in Istanbul the ARCANE Programme ('Associated Regional Chronologies for the Ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean'), that, from 2004 onwards, was funded by the European Science Foundation.



Marc Lebeau archive collection (Fonds)

Dates of creation of material

1985 - 1988




Tell Melebiya excavation team


4 boxes, 9 A3 folders, 6 slide boxes


French, Dutch, Arabic


The collection is mostly comprised of administrative documents, field notes, object records, excavation reports, graphic journals, architectural drawings, plans, object and pottery drawings, photographic documents

Storage place

Royal Museums for Art and History (RMAH), Brussels

Access Restrictions

For research purpose only

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply

Source of acquisition

Received as a donation from M. Lebeau on 4th February 2014

Archivist's note

Fonds, sub-fonds, series and file levels descriptions created by V. Van der Stede (February 2014)

Tell Melebiya


From 1984 through 1988, a mainly Belgian team of archaeologists under the direction of Dr. Marc Lebeau excavated Tell Melebiya. This site is located on the Khabur river, a little south of Hassake, in northeast Syria. The excavated remains of this provincial town date back to the Early Dynastic II and III.


Marc Lebeau, Tell Melebiya. Cinq campagnes de recherches sur le Moyen Khabour (1984-1988), Akkadica, Supplementum IX, Peeters, Leuven, 1993.

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