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Saqqara Newsletter 18 (2020)

2021-02-23T10:47:32+01:00February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Uncategorised|

The newest volume of our Saqqara Newsletter 2020 (18) has been sent to all Friends of Saqqara.

Contents:

  • Vincent Oeters – From the Chairperson
  • Paolo Del Vesco, Christian Greco, Corinna Rossi, Daniel Soliman, Lara Weiss – Saqqara Away from Saqqara: Research in Troubled Times;
  • Daniel Soliman – Late Antique and Medieval Remains at Saqqara: A Retrospective;
  • Editorial board – Interview with Daniel Soliman;
  • Ola el Aguizy – The Tomb of the Army General Iwrkhy: Genealogy Problems;
  • Nozomu Kawai – Exploring the New Kingdom Tombs at North Saqqara;
  • Huw Twiston Davies – Signs of life in the City of the Dead;
  • Karel Innemee – The Monastery of Apa Jeremiah at Saqqara.

In case you want to receive the annual Saqqara Newsletter: become a Friend!

 

To become a Friend send an email to friends@saqqara.nl with your name + postal address and pay the membership fee!

There are two membership categories:

  • Regular € 35
  • Student € 17,50

(For members abroad an additional
€ 5 will be charged for postage)

Our banks details are as follows:

IBAN: NL18 INGB 0009 5621 50
BIC: INGBNL2A

Boekenmarkt in het RMO

2020-01-15T10:26:52+01:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

Op zondag 2 februari neemt Friends of Saqqara deel aan de grote (tweedehands) boekenmarkt in het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Van 10.00-16.30u kunt u in de Tempelzaal van het museum snuffelen in het aanbod van:

  • de RMO-museumwinkel (extra korting voor RoMeO-leden en BankGiro Loterij VIP-kaarthouders!)
  • de RMO-bibliotheek (doublures van wetenschappelijke publicaties)
  • het NINO-onderzoekscentrum (oudere publicaties) en de NINO-bibliotheek (doublures van wetenschappelijke publicaties)
  • Ex Oriente Lux (wetenschappelijke en publieksboeken over het Oude Nabije Oosten)
  • Friends of Saqqara (tweedehands boeken over het oude Egypte, het Oude Nabije Oosten en de klassieke oudheid)

Graag tot ziens!

Saqqara-dag 2020: save the date!

2020-01-15T10:23:24+01:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

De 18e Saqqara-dag vindt plaats op zaterdag 6 juni 2020. Noteer de datum alvast in uw agenda! Het programma wordt later bekend gemaakt. Vaste onderdelen zullen ook dit jaar zijn: een verslag van de Leids-Turijnse opgravingen in 2020, een bijzondere buitenlandse spreker en onze tweedehands boekenmarkt.

Donateurs van de stichting Friends of Saqqara betalen geen entreegeld voor de Saqqara-dag. Nog geen donateur? Meld u aan via friends@saqqara.nl en maak uw donatie over naar ons bankrekeningnummer. Meer informatie staat onderaan deze webpagina (in de voettekst van elke pagina op onze website).


The 18th Saqqara Day will take place in Leiden on Saturday 6 June 2020; save the date! The full program will be revealed later. As in previous years, you may certainly expect a report on the Leiden-Turin excavations at Saqqara in 2020, an international speaker, and our second-hand book market.

Friends of Saqqara members receive free entrance to the Saqqara Day. If you wish to become a Friend, please email us at friends@saqqara.nl and transfer your donation into our bank account. More information is found at the bottom of this webpage (and in the footer of all pages on our website).

Saqqara Newsletter 17 (2019)

2021-02-23T10:48:36+01:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: News|

Saqqara Newsletter, vol. 17 (2019) cover

Saqqara Newsletter, vol. 17 (2019)

Happy New Year to all our Friends and followers!

We will send the newest issue of our Saqqara Newsletter to all Friends of Saqqara shortly after 6 January.

Contents:

  • From the Chairperson – Vincent Oeters
  • Brief report of the Leiden-Turin Expedition to Saqqara (season 2019) – Paolo Del Vesco, Daniel Soliman, Lara Weiss;
  • Tiny tombs at Saqqara: The subsidiary tombs of the First Dynasty – Geirr Lunden;
  • Early Ramesside royalty at Rosetau – Tamás A. Bács;
    From Maïa to Meritaten – Alain Zivie;
  • Immaterial data and material culture: Surveying and modelling the New Kingdom tombs of Saqqara – Corinna Rossi.

Saqqara Day 2019 / Saqqara-dag 2019

2019-05-22T13:19:02+01:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|

Join us for the 17th Saqqara-day on Saturday 15 June in Leiden!

One lecture in English (by an international speaker), ca. four lectures in Dutch: a report on the last excavation season by one of the excavators, and several other topics related to the Leiden-Turin expedition and the Saqqara necropolis.

Second-hand book market, lottery, and plenty of opportunity to catch up with the people working at Saqqara and fellow Friends!

Date: Saturday 15 June 2019, ca. 9.30-18.00 hrs
Location: Lipsius building (Leiden University), Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden, the Netherlands
Entrance free for Friends of Saqqara members, € 10 for non-members.

Full program will soon be posted on our website. You can fill in the registration form here.


Kom ook naar de 17e Saqqara-dag op zaterdag 15 juni!

Op het programma: één lezing in het Engels (door een internationale spreker) en ca. vier lezingen in het Nederlands: een verslag van het laatste opgravingsseizoen in Saqqara door één van de opgravers, en verschillende andere onderwerpen gerelateerd aan de Leids-Turijnse opgraving en de begraafplaats Saqqara.

Tweedehands boekenmarkt, loterij, en veel gelegenheid om elkaar te ontmoeten!

Datum: zaterdag 15 juni 2019, ca. 9.30-18.00u
Plaats: Lipsius-gebouw (Universiteit Leiden), Cleveringaplaats 1
Entree: donateurs gratis, studenten € 5, niet-donateurs € 10

Binnenkort vindt u de details van het programma op onze website, en kunt u zich hier aanmelden.

Digging Diary 6, 20-24 April 2019: See you next year, insha’allah, Saqqara!

2019-04-26T13:31:52+01:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: Digging Diaries 2019|

Time flies when you’re having fun! We find ourselves at the end of the season and have closed the site and securely placed all finds in the storerooms. These include many fragments of “slipper coffins” and linen textile. Some interesting finds were made this week in the new tomb north of Maya, which is now better understood, and which we will continue to excavate next year. We are thankful to all team members and workmen for a very successful season, and to you for reading our Digging Diaries!

A box full of slipper coffin fragments excavated this season. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

A box full of slipper coffin fragments excavated this season. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and here we find ourselves at the end of the excavation season! Our last day of work was on Tuesday, while we spent Wednesday closing the site and ensuring that all objects are securely placed in the storerooms. All in all it was a shorter, but still rather hectic week. As usual, at the end of the season we wrap up everything, clean all of the excavation area for the final general photos and survey, process the last pottery and bone fragments, and document the last finds. In addition, and very importantly, we had to remove the huge dump of excavated sand we produced during these six weeks of work, to clear the area for future excavations. We also backfilled all the structures we unearthed in order to preserve everything in the best possible way for seasons to come.

The workmen are backfilling the newly excavated tomb to the north of Maya to preserve it for next season. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

The workmen are backfilling the newly excavated tomb to the north of Maya to preserve it for next season. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

Before doing that, however, we had three more days to continue with the excavation, and we didn’t want to waste a single minute. Therefore, Paolo decided to split our team of workmen in two groups. This allowed us to work simultaneously on the still rather high mound of debris overlooking the structures discovered in the past two years, as well as inside the large tomb found last year and further explored in the present season. We now know the total extension of the tomb and can tell that unfortunately it was heavily plundered, most likely in the 19thcentury. We found the remains of three columns of the central courtyard, and we could determine that the floor of the main entrance is neatly paved with nice limestone slabs. We managed to better understand the relationship of this tomb with the surrounding area, but the excavation of its main funerary shaft and the exploration of its underground chambers must wait till next year. See you in a year, then, very interesting tomb!

A basket full of skeletal remains discovered during the excavations. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

A basket full of skeletal remains discovered during the excavations. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

We now know the total extension of the tomb and can tell that unfortunately it was heavily plundered, most likely in the 19thcentury. We found the remains of three columns of the central courtyard, and we could determine that the floor of the main entrance is neatly paved with nice limestone slabs. The excavation of its main funerary shaft and the exploration of its underground chambers must wait till next year.

You might not expect it from the excavation of a dump, but the work brought to light various objects that demanded all of our attention. We found copious amounts of fragments from wood coffins, some with their original paint preserved. But the sands also revealed other material that was used for burials. There were many fragments of linen textile that may have accompanied buried individuals from the Late Antique period. Egyptian linen is famous for its extraordinary quality, and we experienced this first hand as many fragments from shawls, hats and tunics were large and well preserved. This experience serves us very well, because the curators of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden are preparing an exhibition on Egyptian textiles that will be opened in 2020.

Reorganised skeletal remains now stored in the subterranean rooms in the tomb of Horemheb. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

Reorganised skeletal remains now stored in the subterranean rooms in the tomb of Horemheb. Photo: Daniel Soliman.

One category of objects that has occupied us this season fragments of a type of coffin that Egyptologists funnily enough call “slipper coffins”. These are anthropoid ceramic coffins, usually of Nile silt, that completely enveloped the mummified body. The fragments that we discovered date to the Late Period and are often rather crudely modelled. On occasion, however, we documented fragments with nice decoration and traces of paint.

Meanwhile, on the site, we are regaled by the stories of our Egyptian team members. The older ones among them have been working at Saqqara excavations for many years, and they remember the many discoveries made. During an idle moment while reorganising our storerooms in the subterranean chambers of the tomb of Meryneith, Assam Azmi told us about the famous moment when he discovered the statue of Meryneith together with Maarten Raven and René van Walsem. The statue has since found a new home in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Daniel and Nicola leave the site. Photo: Ali Jelene Scheers.

Daniel and Nicola leave the site. Photo: Ali Jelene Scheers.

The team has now packed up and said their goodbyes to our wonderful staff who took good care of us at the dig house. After a long day’s work in the sun, we used to come home to Atef, Mahmoud and Fahim who welcomed us with a cold glass of home-made lemonade. Together with them we have celebrated the birthdays of some of the team members, and we were happy to return the favour by cooking gnocchi for Atef’s birthday. The team members, tired but content with the work, are now on their way home, where the results of this season will be processed further. We look forward to telling you more soon, first at this year’s Saqqara Day on 15 June 2019!

Paolo Del Vesco, Daniel Soliman, and Lara Weiss

The Saqqara Team says thank you! Photo: Nicola Dell’Aquila.

The Saqqara Team says thank you! Photo: Nicola Dell’Aquila.

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