• Cultural and creative industries
  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management

History, Archaeology and Literature of the Ancient Worlds (HALMA)

Research unit - UMR 8164


As a multidisciplinary team, our research group closely associates archaeologists, historians, philologists and specialists of ancient cultures. Our field of research extends over a vast chronological period, from prehistory to the latest Antiquity. The geographical area covered by our studies encompasses the Mediterranean basin and Northern Europe, with a strong focus on the Hauts-de-France region, and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Middle East.
HALMA currently brings together researchers, lecturers and specialists in archaeology, heritage and culture of the Hauts-de-France region. Its international influence is based on numerous collaborations with French scientific institutions abroad, on an extensive network of European and North American partner universities, as well as on an excellent integration into the regional archaeology, heritage, and culture community. HALMA thus benefits from a privileged regional, national, and international positioning.


  • Anne-Sophie Furry
  • Sandrine Huber


Bâtiment E, Rue du Barreau
Campus Pont-de-Bois, Université de Lille


History, Archaeology and Literature of the Ancient Worlds


Effectif total : 220

Personnel de recherche : 178

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 7



• Ancient cultures
• Material and intangible cultures of past societies and their territories
• Criteria of recognition of a group or a person in relation to another group or another person
• Economic history
• Transmission of works and knowledge
• Presentation and handling of living and dead bodies
• Theories and practices of care in ancient worlds
• Vulnerabilities

Example(s) of projects

• I-SITE ULNE EX PATRIA: Dissidence and Emigration in Late Antique Rome, Persia, and Neighbouring Lands 🡭
• HAEMUS: International Research Network (Archaeology and History of the Balkans in Late Antiquity, 3rd-8th century AD) 🡭
• EUGESTA network: European network on Gender Studies in Antiquity 🡭

Example(s) of publications

See the full list of our publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Centre archéologique de Dainville, Institut de Papyrologie et d'Egyptologie de Lille (IPEL

Canterbury Archaeological Trust (UK), Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), Gent University (Belgium), Institut archéologique de Belgrade (Serbia)

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Services provided

Animal Bioarchaeology Laboratory/Platform: https://halma.univ-lille.fr/laboratoire/pole-scientifique-et-technique/laboratoire-bioarcheologie-animale/

Training offers

• Master in Ancient Worlds:
- Ancient Egypt & Middle East
- History, literature and anthropology of ancient worlds
- Archaeology professions
• Lille-Polis training in ancient Greek

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.


Our unit has a scientific and technical hub comprising:
• the Animal Bioarchaeology laboratory
• the Gallo-Roman Ceramology laboratory
• the laboratory for the study of the metallurgy of copper alloys
• the Institute of Papyrology and Egyptology of Lille
• the Photographic Imaging Department of Halma

See the detailed list of our equipment here: https://halma.univ-lille.fr/laboratoire/pole-scientifique-et-technique/


Affiliated institutions / organisations

Partner institution(s)


Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Cultural and creative industries
    • Applications, outreach and cognitive sciences
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  • Societal and economic transition & Risk management
    • Societal issues, employment, inclusion, social innovation
    • Territories, heritage and culture