This year it remained uncertain until the last moment whether the Leiden-Turin excavations in Saqqara would continue. At the very last moment, the team got permission from the Egyptian authorities. The excavations can now start on 25 March 2018. This year the team will be working on the New Kingdom cemetery, north of the tomb of Maya and Merit, where two small Ramesside chapels were found in 2017. Field directors of the Dutch-Italian research project are Dr Lara Weiss (curator at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden) and Dr Christian Greco (director of the Museo Egizio, Turin).