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Lara Weiss


Dr. L.V. Weiss
+31 71 527 2715

Lara Weiss is a researcher at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Contact Lara Weiss at RMO: +31 (0)71 5163114 or l.weiss@rmo.nl.

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My main interests concern to develop a theoretical approach towards individual/group religious practices in ancient Egypt and providing new perspectives on archival and archaeological sources.

NWO project: The Walking Dead: The Making of a Cultural Geography in Saqqara


I welcome (Research and PhD) students who wish to focus on Egyptian religion or any aspect that relates to either Saqqara, Deir el-Medina or the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO).

Curriculum Vitae

  • Egyptology (undergraduate) in Berlin and Leiden; BA Leiden University 2005, MPhil Leiden (2007).
  • PhD in Göttingen 2012
  • Postdoctoral research in ERC Advanced Grant Lived Ancient Religion, Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt, 2012-2015 
  • Curator at the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden since 2014

Associations, boards, committees

  • Advisory Board, ‘Huis van Horus’ Foundation, since 2015.
  • Advisory Board, ‘Friends of Saqqara’ Foundation, since 2014.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Gate of the Priests Project, at the Center of Classical and Humanistic Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal since 2014
  • Member of the Vatican Coffin Project, since 2014

Key publications

  • Raja, R. and Weiss, L. (eds), The Role of Objects: Creating Meaning in Situations, Religion in the Roman Empire 1/2 (2015).
  • Weiss, L., Religious Practice at Deir el-Medina, Egyptologische Uitgaven 29, Leiden/ The Netherlands Institute for the Near East/Peeters, Leiden 2015.
  • Weiss, L., “The Consumption of Religion in Roman Karanis”, Religion in the Roman Empire 1/1 (2015), 71–94.
  • Weiss, L., ‘The Power of the Voice’, in: B. Haring, O. Kaper, and R. van Walsem, (eds.) Studies in Hieratic and the Documents of Deir el-Medina. Egyptologische Uitgaven 28, Leiden 2014, 291-303.
  • Weiss, L., Individuum und Gemeinschaft Methodologische Überlegungen zur Persönlichen Frömmigkeit’,, in: G. Neunert , K. Gabler and A. Verbovsek (eds.), Sozialisationen: Individuum - Gruppe - Gesellschaft. Beiträge des ersten Münchner Arbeitskreises Junge Aegyptologie (MAJA 1), 3. bis 5.12.2010, GOF IV/51, Wiesbaden 2012, 187-205.
  • Weiss, L., ‘Personal religious practice: house altars at Deir el-Medina’, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 95 (2009), 193-208.


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES Egyptologie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.11



  • Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Conservator

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