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.


Season 2014

With great regret the Leiden Expedition has decided to cancel its field season 2014 which was planned for February-March. The unsettled political situation in Egypt has made it impossible for us to proceed with the fieldwork. Several of our team members had already told us they would not come under these circumstances, and several of our projects for this season could not be executed for a variety of reasons. Moreover, we cannot ignore the negative travel advice of our Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We hope to be able to continue some restoration of the tomb of Sethnakht later this year, and otherwise we trust that we can resume the work in 2015.


Dutch Announcement:


Enige echte Egypte-pubquiz

Op donderdagavond 17 april 2014 vindt de eerste pubquiz over het oude Egypte plaats in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. De 'Enige echte Egypte-pubquiz' neemt Egyptologen, studenten en andere geïnteresseerden mee terug in de tijd naar het Egypte van Cleopatra en Toetanchamon. De Egypte-pubquiz is een initiatief van Stichting Friends of Saqqara en wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden en de Universiteit Leiden.

Tijdens de 'Enige echte Egypte-pubquiz' wordt gestreden om de titel 'grootste Egypte-kenner van het land'. De quiz test de kennis van de deelnemers op het gebied van de oud-Egyptische taal, kunst, religie, geschiedenis en archeologie. Ook zijn er rondes over beroemde museumstukken, Egyptomania, en het grafveld van Saqqara. Het team met de meeste kennis wint een mooi prijzenpakket. Voor de grootste verliezer is er een leerzame troostprijs.


De presentatie van de quiz is in handen van Ben Haring, docent Egyptologie aan de Universiteit Leiden, en Vincent Oeters, Egyptoloog en bestuurslid van Friends of Saqqara.


De strenge doch rechtvaardige jury wordt gevormd door Olaf Kaper, hoogleraar Egyptologie aan de Universiteit Leiden, Maarten Raven, conservator afdeling Egypte van het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, bijzonder hoogleraar Egyptologie Universiteit Leiden, én lid van de Raad van Toezicht van Friends of Saqqara, en René van Walsem, docent Egyptologie aan de Universiteit Leiden en lid van de Raad van Toezicht van Friends of Saqqara)

Aanmelden als deelnemend team

Deelname kan in een team van minimaal twee tot maximaal vier personen (16 jaar of ouder). Deelnemers betalen 8 euro per persoon (inclusief drankje).

Vul het aanmeldformulier in (RMO Website)

Aanmelden als toeschouwer

Toeschouwers zijn meer dan welkom. Ook dan is aanmelden noodzakelijk. Toeschouwers betalen 8 euro per persoon (inclusief drankje).

Vul het aanmeldformulier voor toeschouwers in (RMO Website)

Waar en wanneer

• Datum: donderdag 17 april 2014
• Tijd: 19.00 - 22.30 uur
• Zaal open: vanaf 17.30 uur, deelnemers kunnen op eigen kosten iets te eten bestellen
• Locatie: Tempelzaal, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
• Kosten: €8 p.p. (incl. een drankje), te betalen aan de kassa op de avond zelf
• Deelnemers teams: minimaal 2, maximaal 4 personen (16 jaar of ouder)

Alle opbrengsten komen ten goede aan de Nederlandse opgraving in Saqqara.

De 'Enige echte Egypte-pubquiz' wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met het Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden en de Universiteit Leiden, en wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door het Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten en Ex Oriente Lux.

Download hier het persbericht.



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:


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.

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:

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.


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