Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée

The Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (or MOM) is a research body in Lyon, France that specialises in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and the first steps of humanity. It is dedicated to its founder, historian Jean Pouilloux.[1]


Anne Schmitt, CNRS, took over directorship from Rémy Boucharlat on 1 January 2011 and conducts research programs within the Archéométrie et archéologie laboratory - UMR 5138 of the MOM. Nathalie Donjon serves as secretary general since 2007 after being recruited in 1988 and attached to the CNRS research administration.[2]


Founded in 1975, MOMs activity has been characterized by a multidisciplinary working approach. It employs 350 people: archaeologists, epigraphists, historians, with the help of physicists, chemists and geologists. Geographers, political scientists and architects are also employed. It is classed as a research federation involving five joint research units (UMR) of CNRS and two other university teams. This federation is linked to the Lumière University Lyon 2 and is especially concerned with historico-morphological studies.[3] The MOM has also created an online application, an atlas of near east archaeological sites 14000 to 5700 BP, presenting work by a large number of archaeologists.[4][5]

Research Units

  • HiSoMA, History and Sources of the ancient world: UMR 5189 CNRS.
  • Archéorient, Environments and societies of the ancient East: UMR 5133 CNRS.
  • GREMMO, Group Research and Studies on the Mediterranean and the Middle East: UMR 5195 CNRS.
  • Archaeometry and Archaeology, originally dating and Materials Technology: HiSoMA-UMR 5138 CNRS.
  • APRI, Institute of Research onancient architecture: UMR 6222 CNRS, Lyon office.
  • Romanitas: Young team 2409.
  • Centre Jean Palerne: host team 3067, Saint Etienne.


  1. ^ Boehm, I., Le médecin initié par l'animal: animaux et médecine dans l' antiquité grecque et latine ; actes du colloque international tenu à la Maison lÒrient et de la Méditerranée-Jean Pouilloux les 26 et 27 octobre 2006. Lyon, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, (2008).
  2. ^ Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Website - La direction de la MOM
  3. ^ Salma Khadra Jayyusi; Renata Holod; Attilio Petruccioli; André Raymond (2008). The city in the Islamic world. BRILL. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-90-04-17168-8. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  4. ^ Jean Noël Jeanneney (2007). Google and the myth of universal knowledge: a view from Europe. University of Chicago Press. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-226-39577-7. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  5. ^ Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Website - ASPRO

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