Welcome to the Egyptian and African Copper Metallurgy project !

EACOM is a four-year multidisciplinary research project on early and traditional copper metallurgy processes in Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.

4 research axes:
a. Study of the archaeological and ethnographical collections kept in the federal scientific institutions (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels and Royal Museum for Central Africa).
b. Field research, both archaeological and ethnographical, in Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa.
c. Experimental Archaeology based on the reconstitution of early copper exploitation processes.
d. Archaeometric analyses undertaken by the Centre for Archaeological Sciences of the KU Leuven.

Mission statement:
1. To contribute to the understanding of traditional and ancient copper working in Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa.
2. To asses and study all material linked to copper metallurgy in Ancient Egypt and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Belgian federal collections.
3. To define a conservation protocol for these collections.
4. To improve the accessibility of data for researchers.
5. To enhance the visibility and the societal impact of federal heritage through scientific and general public valorisation activities.
6. To highlight Belgian expertise in the study of ancient metallurgical techniques and reinforce research in this field.

Results will be disseminated through the present website, various online and paper publications and updating of the museum online databases:


This research has been made possible through the financing of the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO) Brain-BE Programme.