Sarah Vilain

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Short Biography

Studied Greek and Oriental Archaeology at the University Rennes 2 before starting a PhD at the University of Strasbourg (France). Benefited from a scholarship at the French Institute for the Near East of Damascus (Syria) and Beirut (Lebanon) in 2010–2012 and participated in archaeological excavations in Syria and Lebanon. In November 2015, graduated after the completion of her dissertation entitled “Pour une archéologie des échanges en Méditerranée orientale, la céramique chypriote au Levant nord aux âges du Bronze moyen et du Bronze recent”. Since 2017 post-doctoral researcher for the ERC Advanced Grant Project ‘The Enigma of the Hyksos’ at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), investigating trade & crisis analyses (RT6).

Area of Specialisation

  • Pottery production and circulation
  • Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Second Millennium B.C.
  • Cultural and artistic influences in ancient Eastern Mediterranean societies




  • The Foreign Trade of Tell el-Dab’a during the Second Intermediate Period: another glance at imported ceramics under Hyksos rule, in J. Mynářová, M. Kilani and S. Alivernini (eds.), A Stranger in the House – the Crossroads III. Proceedings of an International Conference on Foreigners in Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Societies of the Bronze Age held in Prague, September 10-13, 2018, 387–404.
  • Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? New light on local productions inspired by Cypriot wares at Tell el-Dab’a, in M. Bietak & S. Prell (eds.), The Enigma of the Hyksos, Volume I, ASOR Conference Boston 2017 – ICAANE Conference Munich 2018 – Collected Papers, CAENL 9, 305–314.
  • in collaboration with Vansteenhuyse K. ‘The Bronze Age Cypriot Pottery from Tell Tweini Field A, in J. Bretschneider and G. Jans (eds), About Tell Tweini (Syria): Artefacts, Ecofacts and Landscape. Research Results of the Belgian Mission, OLA 281, 309–389.


  • ‘Imitations et productions locales influencées par la céramique chypriote White Painted Pendent Line Style à Tell el-Dab’a,’ Egypt and the Levant XXVIII,  487–505.


  • La céramique White Shaved Ware au Levant nord, Syria-Revue d’art oriental et d’archéologie, 181–204.


  • S. Vilain, The rediscovery of some forgotten Late Cypriot pottery from the Necropolis of Dakerman preserved in the National Museum of Beirut: Preliminary remarks, 2015, PoCA (Postgraduate Cypriot Archaeology), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 266–280.


  • S. Vilain, La céramique chypriote d’Ougarit: une collection charnière pour la compréhension des liens entre l’île de Chypre et le Levant nord à l’âge du Bronze Récent, La Recherche au Louvre 2012 (2013), 95.