In memoriam Harold M. Hays (1965-2013)
It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our former team-member, our colleague and friend, Dr Harold M Hays. Harold passed away on Wednesday 20 November, in his sleep, as a result of heart failure.
A more detailed notification can be found on the website of LIAS: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/highlights/in-memoriam-harold-hays.html
1 July 2013
A nice Italian video about the newly placed replicas of reliefs originally from the tombs of Horemheb and Ptahemwia and now in the Bologna Museum featuring our team member Daniela Picchi:
Also this year the Saqqara Day (held on 1st of June) was a great success. Abstracts of some of the lectures are placed in the Friend Section.
Some photographs of the day are placed here .
26 March 2013
Short Report on our 2013 Field Season
Now that our 2013 field season is over, a short report is available here.
1 March 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 6
The last Digging Diary of the 2013 excavation season is available.
22 February 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 5
Read the fifth Digging Diary of the current season.
18 February 2013
Friends Only Digging Diaries
For our Friends there are two new special diaries added in the Dutch Friends part of Saqqara.nl.
Not a Friend yet? Look here for more Membership information
15 February 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 4
Read the fourth Digging Diary of the current season with more information about the new tomb!
For our Friends there is a new special diary and we added exclusive photographs in the photo archive section of the Dutch Friends part.
8 February 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 3
1 February 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 2
A new Digging Diary is available. Read here the second digging diary of the current excavations!
25 January 2013
Season 2013 Digging Diary # 1
The Leiden mission is currently working in the New Kingdom necropolis! Read here the first digging diary of the season!
For our Friends we added exclusive photographs of the first week in the photo archive section of the Dutch Friends part.
9 January 2013
The excavation season 2013 is planned to take place from January 20 to March 1. The following projects are on our list:
|-||To clear the substructure of the anonymous tomb excavated in the season 2010 to the south of the tomb of Ptahemwia.|
|-||To excavate the original entrance to the Archaic Period galleries situated under the tomb of Meryneith.|
|-||To clear the area situated between the chapel of Tatia and the tomb of Pay, and to the south of the tomb of Meryneith|
|-||To install two further replicas of reliefs originally from the tombs of Horemheb and Ptahemwia and now in the Bologna Museum.|
|-||To continue the study of reliefs, pottery and bones found in previous seasons.|
|-||To perform X-ray analysis (on site) and histological analysis (at Cairo University pathology department) of some bone material from the present and former seasons.|
The list of staff is as follows:
- Maarten J. Raven (joint field director)
- Christian Greco (joint field director)
- Vincent Oeters (archaeologist)
- Nico Staring (archaeologist)
- Daniela Picchi (archaeologist)
- Ilona Regulski (archaeologist)
- Rob J. Demarée (epigraphist)
- Barbara Aston (pottery specialist)
- Ladislava Horáčková (anthropologist)
- Frank Rühli (anthropologist)
- Iwona Kozieradska-Ogunmakin (anthropologist)
- Lyla Pinch Brock (draftsperson)
- Dorothea Verheij-Schulz (draftsperson)
- Annelies Bleeker (surveyor)
- Wa'il Fathi Morsy (surveyor)
- Nicholas Warner (architect)
- Peter Jan Bomhof (photographer)
- Anneke de Kemp (photographer)
As usual, we shall publish weekly digging diaries on this website, so that our friends and supporters will be able to follow our progress.
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: email@example.com.
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.