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Saqqara-dag 2020: save the date!

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).

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

Saqqara Newsletter 17 (2019)

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

Programma 17e Saqqara-dag, 15 juni 2019 (in Dutch)

Zaterdag 15 juni 2019
9.00-18.00u
Lipsius-gebouw (Universiteit Leiden)
Cleveringaplaats 1

09:00-09.45u Inschrijving en ontvangst met koffie/thee
09.45-10.00u Opening 17e Saqqara-dag door de voorzitter van Friends of Saqqara Vincent Oeters
10.00-10.45u The tomb of the army general Iwrkhy and related genealogy problems (Engelstalig) Ola el-Aguizy (Cairo University)
10.45-11.15u Pauze met koffie/thee
11.15-12.00u
Detective Hormin: verloren graf en verdwaalde objecten
Fania Kruijf
12.00-14.00u Lunchpauze (op eigen gelegenheid)
14.00-14.20u Saqqara Newsflash: bijzondere ontdekkingen in het nieuws Carolien van Zoest
14.20-14.40u
Fysische antropologie: botten laten spreken
Ali Jelene Scheers
14.40-15.15u Pauze met koffie/thee
15.15-16.15u Verslag van het opgravingsseizoen 2019 in Saqqara door de opgravingsleiders Lara Weiss
16.15-16.30u Loterijtrekking
16.30-18.00u Afsluitende borrel
vanaf 18.00u Diner in restaurant Verboden Toegang (optioneel)

Donateurs gratis, studenten € 5, anderen € 10 entree (incl. koffie en thee, excl. lunch en diner).

Deelname aan het aansluitende diner in restaurant Verboden Toegang kost ca. € 25 à € 30 (à la carte).

Verdiep uw kennis van het oude Egypte, leer meer over de begraafplaats Saqqara, ontmoet de wetenschappers die er werkzaam zijn èn uw mede-geïnteresseerden, sla uw slag op de tweedehands boekenmarkt, doe mee met een spannende loterij en geniet samen met ons van een afsluitend diner. Mis het niet!

2019-07-23T09:38:52+01:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: News|

Saqqara Day 2019 / Saqqara-dag 2019

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.

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

Preliminary Report on the 2018 Season

The 2018 report from the Leiden-Turin Expedition to Saqqara is now available in Open Access here:

Preliminary Report 2018

In the 2018 season, the expedition worked north of the tomb of Maya. A Ramesside tomb-chapel was found with six small figures carved in high relief in the middle of its back wall (see photo). The shaft of another Ramesside chapel was excavated, revealing several plundered subterranean chambers. Read the Preliminary Report for more information!

Ramesside tomb-chapel with carved figures in high relief

Ramesside tomb-chapel with carved figures in high relief, found during the 2018 season.

2019-05-10T11:30:59+01:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: News|

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

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.

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