15 May 2015
Excavation Season 2015
The Digging Diaries of the first, second and third week are online !
For our Friends there is a special report by Lyla Pinch-Brock in the English Friends Digging Diary section!
24 April 2015
Excavation Season 2015
Due to the Morsi revolution, the excavation team has had to cancel its plans for 2014. But now the team is ready to travel out to Egypt in order to resume its fieldwork at Saqqara. A great development is that the Museo Egizio of Turin, where our team
member dr Christian Greco became the new director (see our news bulletin of 24 February 2014) has become an official partner in the excavations, which will therefore become the Leiden/Turin Expedition. This gives our projectthe financial and
organisational support we need for the future.
The excavation season will take place from May 1-28, 2015, with the following programme of activities:
1. To clear the substructure of the anonymous tomb excavated in the season 2013 to the south of the tomb of Meryneith.
2. To clear the area situated between the new anonymous tomb and the chapel of Tatia.
3. To clear the area situated between the new anonymous tomb and the tomb of Meryneith.
4. To consolidate the superstructure of the tomb of Sethnakht.
5. To continue the study of reliefs, pottery and bones found in previous seasons, including some blocks in the Imhotep A storerooms.
The team will consist of the following members:
Dr Maarten J. Raven (joint field director)
Dr Christian Greco (joint field director)
Dr Lara Weiss (archaeologist)
Dr Paolo del Vesco (archaeologist)
Dr Barbara Aston (pottery specialist)
Dr Sarah Inskip (anthropologist)
Ms Lyla Pinch Brock (draftsperson)
Ms Annelies Bleeker (surveyor)
Dr Nicholas Warner (architect)
Ms Alexandra Winkels (temporary guest, conservator)
We hope to send in our weekly digging diaries to report about our fieldwork, as usual. So to all our readers: make sure you consult this website regularly the coming few weeks!
10 April 2015
Saqqara day 2015
Program [In Dutch]
9.15 - 10.00 uur Inschrijvingen en ontvangst met koffie/thee
10.00 - 10.15 uur Opening door voorzitter Arnold Jan Stuart
10.15 - 11.00 uur Lezing Ilona Regulski (British Museum), Archaïsche graven
11.00-11.15 uur Korte pauze
11.15 - 11.30 uur Multimediaal intermezzo uit de archieven van het RMO
11.30 - 12.15 uur Lezing Janny Roos (MA Egyptologie), Arbeidsliederen
12.15 - 14.00 uur Lunchpauze (op eigen gelegenheid)
14.00 - 14.40 uur Lezing Lara Weiss (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) en Paolo del Vesco (Egyptisch Museum Turijn) deels Engelstalige lezing
14.40 - 15.00 uur Theepauze
15.00 - 15.15 uur Loterijtrekking
15.15 - 16.15 uur Maarten Raven (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) en Christian Greco (Egyptisch Museum Turijn) vertellen over het recente onderzoek in Saqqara van seizoen 2015
16.15 - 17.45 uur Afsluitende borrel
18.00 uur Aanvang diner in restaurant Verboden Toegang (optioneel)
13 March 2015
Dutch Anouncement: De enige echte Egypte-pubquiz was weer een succes!
Donderdag 5 maart vond in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden een epische strijd plaats tussen 19 teams in de tweede editie van de Enige echte Egypte-pubquiz. De quiz bestond uit negen rondes met vragen over geschiedenis, archeologie, literatuur, materiële cultuur (waaronder de collectie van het museum) en natuurlijk Egyptomanie. Beroemde farao's en hun bouwwerken, mooie artefacten, bekende Egyptologen, obscure internetgames, opera's, diverse dieren en interessante teksten: het kwam allemaal voorbij deze avond.
Het geheel werd gepresenteerd door het dynamische duo Ben Haring en Vincent Oeters. De deskundige jury bestond uit Olaf Kaper, Rob Demarée, Maarten Raven en René van Walsem - allen egyptologen verbonden aan de universiteit of het museum. Het team dat uiteindelijk de meeste kennis bleek te bezitten over het oude Egypte waren de Egyptoloogjes 2006.* De winnaar van vorig jaar - Per anch - eindigde op de tweede plaats. Derde werd team Netjeroe Aboe. Ook dit jaar was het weer een geslaagde avond voor studenten, alumni en geïnteresseerden. Wie stoot volgend jaar de Egyptoloogjes 2006 van de troon?
Klik voor foto's van de avond hier .
Er volgt nog een uitgebreider stuk in de Newsletter later dit jaar, waarin o.a. wat leuke en interessante vragen/antwoorden voorbij zullen komen om de sfeer van deze gezellige avond weer in herinnering te roepen.
24 February 2014
Curator of Dutch National Museum of Antiquities appointed Director of Egyptian Museum in Turin
The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian Greco, curator of the Egyptian department, as director of the Egyptian Museum in Turin. This museum is one of the world's leading museums for Egyptian archaeology. Greco will start as director in Turin on 1 May this year.
Museum director Wim Weijland: 'We are immensely proud that Christian has been given the opportunity to take such a wonderful new step in his career. His erudition and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. We wish him the very best for his future and we are looking forward to continue our fruitful collaboration with him in his new position.'
Christian Greco (1975) has worked for the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden since 2009 as assistant curator, and since 2011 as curator of the Egyptian collection in conjunction with prof. dr. Maarten Raven. In addition to his work within the museum he was joint field director of the museum's archaeological excavations at Saqqara (Egypt), and he worked in Luxor as epigrapher with the Chicago Oriental Institute. Since 2012, he has taught at Leiden University's Faculty of Archaeology. Greco studied Classics and Archaeology of the Near East at the University of Pavia, and attained a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Pisa in 2008.
For further information please contact the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, director Wim Weijland, 0031 6 15 689 633.
The Friends of Saqqara Foundation congratulates our colleague and team-member Dr Christian Greco with this amazing opportunity and wish him the very best in his new position.
The Tomb of Meryneith at Saqqara
Raven, M.R., Van Walsem, R., Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities (PALMA), 10 (2014)
This funerary monument of a high Memphite official was discovered by a joint expedition of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities and Leiden University in 2001. Meryneith started his
career as steward of the Memphite temple of the sun god Aten during the reign of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten. During midlife, he may have joined the court set up by the Pharaoh at the new capital at Amarna. He ended his career under Tutankhamun as
high-priest of the Aten in the Memphite temple again. Thereby, the importance of the tomb of Meryneith lies in the fact that for the first time it allows us to witness various stages in the rise and fall of the Amarna heresy from a Memphite point of view.
Thus the tomb-owner was apparently forced to change his name from Meryneith - with its reference to the now proscribed goddess Neith - into Meryre. Several other variants of his name and some additional titles came to light, revealing various stages in
his career. These stages mirror the ideological developments of the Amarna Period and its immediate aftermath, which are further illustrated by the different styles of the decoration of the tomb. This proved to be remarkably well preserved and consists of
both wall-reliefs and paintings on mud plaster. Thanks to the evidence of the inscriptions, it can be observed how the tomb was built and decorated in various stages, each characterized by a marked change in style and iconography. The present report
includes a full description of these wall scenes, as well as chapters on the career of the tomb-owner, on the double statue of Meryneith and his wife found in one of the west chapels, and on the objects, pottery, and skeletal material found in the course
of the excavations.
Cover price: € 94.00.
To order a copy, click here.
Images of Saqqara - Thirty-Eight Years of (Anglo-)Dutch Excavations
On the occasion of the tenth annual Saqqara Day in Leiden on 2 June 2012 a booklet was published containing a visual history of the (Anglo)-Dutch excavations at Saqqara since 1975.
The publication presents dozens of carefully selected colour photographs of the excavations of sixteen of the tombs found, most of them never published before. Short texts provide information on the tombs and their owners. The booklet is written by Vincent Oeters and edited by Vincent Verschoor, both board members of the foundation.
Friends of the foundation received a copy on the Saqqara Day or by mail. If you are not a friend but you are interested in ordering a copy, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover Price : € 12.50.
The Tomb of Iniuia in the New Kingdom necropolis of Memphis at Saqqara
Schneider, H.D., Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities (PALMA), 8 (2012)
Iniuia was a high official under King Tutankhamun. He started his career as scribe of the treasury of the Lord of the Two Lands in Memphis. Next he became overseer of the cattle of Amun and high steward of Memphis. His tomb, situated just south of the tomb of general Horemheb, was excavated in 1993 by the joint expedition of the Egypt Exploration Society and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. There are two chapels, one of which is decorated with painted scenes and the other with painted reliefs in a style which is reminiscent of the art of Amarna. The book contains chapters on the architecture of the tomb, the decoration of both chapels and other monuments of Iniuia now in museum collections, as well as on the objects, the pottery, and the skeletal remains found in the tomb.
Cover price: € 71.00.
To order a copy, click here.
The publication of the following Final Report has been made possible by donations from the Friends of Saqqara Foundation and individual Egypt Exploration Society members, and we are very grateful to them all for their generous support.
The Tomb of Maya and Meryt I: The Reliefs, Inscriptions and Commentary
Martin, G.T., EES Excavation Memoir 99
Maya was one of the most important officials of state under Tutankhamun. The holder of many titles in the administration, the chief ofwhich was overseer of the treasury, he was also responsible for the security of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Maya and his wife Meryt erected a magnificent tomb at Saqqara, the necropolis of the capital city, Memphis. Wrecked in antiquity by tomb robbers, much remained nevertheless to be recorded by the EES-Leiden mission, which located the tomb in 1986. The present volume by Geoffrey T Martin provides a full record of the architecture, scenes and texts in the superstructure, as well as the unique painted substructure reliefs of the monument, detailed indexes, and an overview of the life of the tomb-owners.
Cover Price : £ 80.00.
You can order a copy here.