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), co-operational project leader, 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) and Ludovic Mevel (CNRS UMR7041), with Étiolles team
  • Anne Chaillou (Sous-direction de l'archéologie, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Bruno Desachy (heritage curator, French Ministry of Culture)
  • Nathalie Huet and Lila Reboul (DRASSM, French Ministry of Culture) and the entire DRASSM preventive conservation team
  • Vincent Legros (SRA Hauts-de-France, Ministère de la Culture)
  • Christine Redien-Lairé (SRA Nouvelle-Aquitaine, French Ministry of Culture) and the team of the conservation and study centre of Poitiers
  • Rachel Touzé (SRA Pays-de-la-Loire, French Ministry of Culture) and the teams of the conservation and study centres of Angers et Le Mans
  • Thomas Vigneau (Vendée department)

A great deal of other testers are engaged in the software development as (in 2021) 16 Ishtar instances are in production use and around 30 instances are tested in a broad range of contexts.

Development funding

A history of the project is detailed in the French version 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.