Free software for archaeological data management


The core team is composed of 3 members:

  • Yann Le Jeune (geoarchaeologist, data scientist), 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 (Regional Conservation of Archaeology of Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Vincent Legros (Regional Conservation of Archaeology of Hauts-de-France, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Ludovic Mevel (CNRS UMR7041)
  • Rachel Touzé (Regional Conservation of Archaeology of Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Thomas Vigneau (Department of Vendée)

A great deal of other testers are engaged in the software development as (mid-2019) 9 Ishtar instances are in production use and around 35 instances are tested in a broad range of contexts.

Development funding

A history of the project is detailed in the French translation of this page.


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.