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Louis-Hugues Vincent (31 August 1872 - 30 December 1960) was a French Archeologist, monk of the Dominican Order, who was educated at Jerusalem's École Biblique. He undertook important archaeological research in Palestine (region), primarily during the Mandatory Palestine period.


He was born in 1872 in Isère in the commune of Vernioz, near Lyon. Immediately after his Dominican Novitiate training, in 1891, he was sent to Jerusalem at the Biblical School ("École Biblique") of St. Stephen's Basilica, founded a year before by Joseph-Joseph Lagrange. Vincent remained there all his life, with the exception of long stays in France during the World Wars.

At the École Biblique, Louis Vincent studied and was ordained a Catholic priest. Soon he became one of the most learned scholars in the field of biblical archeology, including ceramics and ancient objects, lecturing on archeology at the school. He came to know all the archaeological sites in the Holy Land.

He carried out excavations with Father Roland de Vaux in Tirzah, now in the West Bank.

He published many articles in the Revue Biblique journal, of which he was the editor-in-chief between 1931 and 1938.

His tomb is in the Old City of Jerusalem in the courtyard of the Dominican convent near the Damascus Gate.

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  • Vincent, L.-H., and F.-M. Abel. Jérusalem: Recherches de topographie, d'archéologie et d'histoire
  • Vincent, L.-H.; Abel, F.-M. (1923). Hébron: Le Haram el-Khalîl, sépulture des patriarches (in French). Ernest Leroux.
  • Vincent, L.-H.; Abel, F.-M. (1932). Emmaüs, Sa Basilique Et Son Histoire (in French). 1. Paris.

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