National Museum of Antiquities: 200-year partnership with Leiden University
From Caspar Reuvens to the royal grave in Oss, and from ancient images in the Hortus to a table from Naturalis. The National Museum of Antiquities is ...
Vidi for LIAS researcher Lara Weiss
Eleven talented Leiden researchers with several years of research experience have been awarded a Vidi subsidy to set up or expand their own line of re...
Temple culture in Ptolemaic Egypt alive and kicking
Egyptian temple culture was thought to be declining in the Ptolemaic era, after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Nothing could be further f...
Emoticons in Ancient Egypt
The advent of script has never managed to eliminate the use of symbols. This is the finding of research carried out by Kyra van der Moezel on Ancient ...
‘We haven't finished with Tutankhamun's tomb yet'
Sensational, is how Leiden Egyptologist Olaf Kaper described the discovery of two new chambers in the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun. He hopes that a sec...
Should we close our borders? Not according to the Classical World!
Leiden University archaeologists receive multiple awards for research on interaction between the Greek and Roman world and ‘The East’
Earliest known alphabetic word list discovered
A flake of limestone (ostracon) inscribed with an ancient Egyptian word list of the fifteenth century BC turns out to be the world’s oldest known abec...
Leiden Egyptologist unravels ancient mystery
It is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of all times: the disappearance of a Persian army of 50,000 men in the Egyptian desert around 524 B...
How the Arabs gained control of Egypt
How did Fustat develop between 640 and 750 to become the capital of Egypt? At the time Egypt was a province of the Islamic empire - the caliphate - th...
Logos in ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians knew about marks as well as script. The New Empire (ca. 1550-1070 BC) in particular provides a rich harvest. The script has now ...