CEAlex Présentation

CEAlex, USR CNRS 3134, Isabelle HAIRY
The Centre d’Études Alexandrines (CEAlex) is a “Unité de Service et de Recherche” (USR 3134) of the CNRS, founded in 1990 by Jean‐Yves Empereur. The CEAlex has several missions, all in close collaboration with the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA), aimed at the saving and developing of Alexandria’s exceptional heritage. The CEAlex is committed to studying Alexandria’s history in its entirety. For some ten years now, the CEAlex has been interested in the protection and development of the built heritage. One of the projects concerns the reassembly of the Pharos doorway and the eastern esplanade of the Seventh Wonder of the World as well as underground water cisterns of medieval ages. Another research topic is the development of a rapid and practical method of mapping by photogrammetry that can be applied to archaeology. The creation of a digital phototheodolite (a good quality digital camera coupled to an electronic tacheometer and connected to a portable computer) allows the topographer to take the data collected (photos and measurements) and draw directly onto the computer. The CEAlex publishes its results in The Études alexandrines collection that was begun in 1998 and now comprises 18 volumes in as many languages: French, German and English. Since the creation of the team, the members of the CEAlex have written well over 100 articles. Along with these academic publications, the CEAlex is also concerned with spreading knowledge more widely through works destined for the general public in a variety of formats: DVD‐Roms, short documentary films directed by the centre; and more traditionally, exhibitions. In terms of equipment, the CEAlex owns a Trimble GX time‐of‐flight scanner with target kit and an outdoor alternative power supply for on‐site acquisition campaigns.