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CNRS - Musée de l’Homme, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris
Ecological Anthropology of oases and Castagniccia (Corsica)
Urban Anthropology of public spaces and gardens in Cairo (Egypt)
North Africa, Middle East and Mediterranean area
Oasis: Sahara (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) and Middle-East (Egypt, Yemen)

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Note: this site vbat.org is primarly in French. You can find, in this English section, some articles originally written in English & translations in English of French parts of the web site. If you are confortable with French, go to the French part.

 

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The possibilities of an island: Oasian insularities in the Sahara and Genesis of oases

Just published!
Chap. (in French) for the book G. Tallet & T. Sauzeau (eds.), Mer et désert de l’Antiquité à nos jours, Approches croisées, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2018, p. 105-144.

 

Date palm agrobiodiversity (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Siwa oasis, Egypt: combining ethnography, morphometry, and genetics

Just Published! Art. (in English):
Vincent Battesti, Muriel Gros-Balthazard, Clémence Ogéron, Sarah Ivorra, Jean-Frédéric Terral, Claire Newton, 2018 — « Date palm agrobiodiversity (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Siwa oasis, Egypt : combining ethnography, morphometry, and genetics », Human Ecology, vol. 46 (4), p. 529-546.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-018-0006-y
[Siwa #1]

[Siwa #1]

 

Exploring the Bettina Leopoldo collection on Siwa

Page in progress.
With the complicity of Mrs Floriane Morin, Curator of the MEG Africa Department, in 2018 I explore the collection of Bettina Leopoldo (nearly 280 objects) collected in the 1980s in Siwa, deposited and then ceded to MEG (the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland).
Between twenty and thirty years before my own ethnographic fieldwork in the Siwa oasis, these objects had been collected by Bettina and Leonardo Leopoldo, whose memory is preserved - sometimes (...)

 

The Discovery of Wild Date Palms in Oman Reveals a Complex Domestication History Involving Centers in the Middle East and Africa

Art. (in English),
Gros-Balthazard, Muriel, et al., 2017 — « The Discovery of Wild Date Palms in Oman Reveals a Complex Domestication History Involving Centers in the Middle East and Africa ». Current Biology, vol. 27 (14), p. 2211-2218.e8

I am far from being at the beginning in the list of authors (and my biggest contribution was to have sampled date palms in situ, but the paper is important: it is indeed the first time that the Wild date palm can be identified.
And this plays a crucial role in the understanding of its still mysterious domestication.

I am far from being at the beginning in the list of authors (and my biggest contribution was to have sampled date palms in situ), but the paper is important: it is indeed the first time that the Wild date palm can be identified.
And this plays a crucial role in the understanding of its still mysterious domestication.

 

Sounds from Egypt - with RFI

Montages of field recording sounds from Cairo, with RFI “Écouter le monde”

 

Visio-gallery

Pictures gallery.

 

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Most recent articles

The possibilities of an island: Oasian insularities in the Sahara and Genesis of oases

Thursday 12 July 2018
Chapter/contribution, work in progress.

Date palm agrobiodiversity (Phoenix dactylifera L.) in Siwa oasis, Egypt: combining ethnography, morphometry, and genetics

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Art. (2018) [Siwa #1]

Exploring the Bettina Leopoldo collection on Siwa

Friday 4 May 2018

Domestications of date palms: daily and over millennia, in the oasis of Siwa and across the Middle East and North Africa [Temporary title]

Wednesday 14 February 2018
Art. in progress [Siwa #2]

The Discovery of Wild Date Palms in Oman Reveals a Complex Domestication History Involving Centers in the Middle East and Africa

Thursday 13 July 2017
Art. (2017)

Mics in the ears: How to ask people in Cairo to talk about their sound universes

Friday 19 May 2017
Chap. (2017)

From waterfalls to snowy forests, Egyptian posters show what exotic looks like from the desert

Friday 24 March 2017
Art. (in English) in The Conversation (2017)
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Latest news items

A 4th and final version: art. on the intraspecific agrobiodiversity of the date palm in Siwa Oasis (Egypt)

Tuesday 25 February 2014

A version #2 of the book “Jardins au désert” in open archives

Thursday 1 September 2011

Jardins au désert, Évolution des pratiques et savoirs oasiens, Jérid tunisien, Paris, Éditions IRD, coll. À travers champs, 2005, 440 p.
ISBN-13 9782709915649

In the version #2: reintegration of illustrations in the pdf document with higher resolution graphics (illustrations of the book are finally really visible in this version).

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Forum posts

Al Kindi and Adib Dayikh

Who am I? (answer: Vincent Battesti)
Sunday 15 April 2018

Al Kindi and Adib Dayikh

Who am I? (answer: Vincent Battesti)
Sunday 15 April 2018

Instruction du plagiat

Les relations au désert des religions monothéistes
Saturday 13 January 2018
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