Free software for archaeological data management


The core of the team is composed of 3 members:

  • Yann Le Jeune (DRAC Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture), operational project leader, archaeological expertise, documentation, settings and tests
  • Étienne Loks (developer, Iggdrasil), technical project leader, main developer, documentation
  • Valérie-Emma Leroux (archaeologist and GIS specialist, Iggdrasil), archaeological expertise, development, documentation, settings and tests, website

The extended team is composed of several brave testers, who share their archaeological expertise and their good will to report issues and new needs:

  • Elisa Caron-Laviolette (PhD student UMR7041)
  • Anne Chaillou (Sous-direction de l'archéologie, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Bruno Desachy (heritage curator, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Didier Le Gouestre (DRAC Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Vincent Legros (DRAC Hauts-de-France, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Ludovic Mevel (CNRS UMR7041)
  • Rachel Touzé (DRAC Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Thomas Vigneau (Département de la Vendée)

A great deal of other testers are engaged in the software development as 4 Ishtar instances are in production use and around 20 instances are tested in a broad range of contexts.

Development funding

  • From 2011 to 2015, the first years of Ishtar were funded by the DRAC Pays-de-la-Loire.
  • In 2016 and 2017, Ishtar's development has been funded by Iggdrasil.
  • In 2018, Ishtar profits from a funding by the DRASSM (The French Underwater Archaeological Department).


Ishtar is a database project for managing archaeological data and documentation (including archaeological finds) from archaeological operations, ensuring maximum traceability of the information, published as a free software under AGPL license.