Université Laval, Quebec city
Fortin, Michel (1950, Canadian) is full professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Université Laval (Quebec city, Canada) where he has been teaching the archaeology of Mesopotamia and the Levant since 1981. He has been digging in Syria on three sites, two in the middle Khabur valley: Tell ‘Atij (1986-1992), Tell Gudeda (1987-1992), and one in the Orontes valley: Tell ‘Acharneh (1998-2010); he published several reports on his excavations . He has organized a major exhibition on Syria: Land of Civilizations (Québec, 1999) which has been touring several cities in the world between 1999 and 2003; he wrote the well-illustrated catalogue that accompanied this exhibition.
He has recently be elected Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada for his research career in Syria.
Presently, he is the head of the département des sciences historiques in his University.