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Miriam Müller

University Lecturer

Dr. M. Müller
+31 71 527 2171

Miriam Müller is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Miriam Müller is an Egyptian archaeologist and especially interested in the spatial organization of domestic architecture in the pharaonic period and its social implications. She is currently working on aspects of the formation of identity at the household level, in particular through ancestor cults.

She received her MA from the University of Heidelberg and finished her PhD at the University of Vienna where she worked on the material from the Austrian Archaeological Institute’s excavations in Tell el-Dab'a in the eastern Nile delta. On the basis of the documentation and finds of a residential area she explored the field of household archaeology and its benefits for Egyptian archaeology. Within her MA and PhD studies Miriam has worked on settlements from different time periods, from core and periphery of the Egyptian empire. She has participated in excavations in Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Austria and Germany.

Prior to her appointment at LIAS, Miriam has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Her interest in the field formed the idea for suggesting an interdisciplinary symposium on recent developments in household studies with the aim of bringing the archaeological, textual and scientific record together that was held at the Oriental Institute in March 2013. She is the editor of the conference proceedings “Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches” and is currently working on the publication of her dissertation.


Monographs and edited volumes


  • Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, Oriental Institute Series 10, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
  • Tell el-Dabca XIV: Das Stadtviertel F/I in Tell el-Dabca/Auaris – Multikulturelles Leben in einer Stadt des Späten Mittleren Reichs und der Zweiten Zwischenzeit, Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, Austrian Academy of Science Press, Vienna (In preparation)

Articles in peer-reviewed journals


  • Modelling Household Identity in a Multi-ethnic Society, in: Archaeological Review from Cambridge 30 (1), 102-112.

Articles in edited volumes


  • New Approaches to the Study of Households in Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period Egypt, in: W. Grajetzki and G. Miniaci (eds) The World of Middle Kingdom Egypt (2000-1500 BC). Contributions on Archaeology, Art, Religion, and Written Sources Golden House Publications, London, 237-255.
  • Introduction, in: M. Müller (ed) Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, Oriental Institute Series 10, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, xiii-xlii.
  • Late Middle Kingdom Society in a Neighborhood of Tell elDabca/Avaris, in: M. Müller (ed) Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches, Oriental Institute Series 10, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 339-370.


  • Deir el-Medina in the Dark – the Amarna Period in the History of the Village: Workmen Moving to Akhetaten?, in: J. Toivari-Viitala et al. (eds) Proceedings of the Deir el-Medina Studies Conference, Helsinki/Finland, June 24th to 26th 2009, The Finnish Egyptological Society - Occasional Papers 2, 156-168.
  • Feasts for the Dead and Ancestor Veneration in Egyptian Tradition, in: V. Rimmer Herrmann (ed) In Remembrance of Me. Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, Exhibition of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, 75-84.


  • Das altägyptische Wohnhaus: Interaktion als Vergleichsmoment?, in: Rödel-Braune, C.-Waschke, C. (eds) Orte des Geschehens. Interaktionsräume als konstitutive Elemente der antiken Stadt. Altertumswissenschaftliches Studierendenkolloquium 01, Heidelberg/Germany, February 26th to March 1st2009, LIT Verlag, Berlin, 244-263.


  • An Elite Quarter of Avaris/Tell el-Dabca, in: Horn, M. et al. (eds) Current Research in Egyptology XI. Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Symposium Held at the University of Leiden/Netherlands, January 2010, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 105-115.



  • “Thompson, J. Wonderful Things. A History of Egyptology. 1. From Antiquity to 1881, AUC Press, Cairo 2015”, in: Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 8, 128-130


  • “Albertz, R. et al. (eds) Family and Household Religion: Toward a Synthesis of Old Testament Studies, Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Cultural Studies, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, IN 2014”, in: American Journal of Archaeology 120 (1): online.


  • “Yasur-Landau, A. et al. (eds) Household Archaeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond, Brill, Leiden 2011”, in: American Journal of Archaeology 118 (2): online.
  • “Foster, C. P.- Parker, B. J. (eds) New Perspectives on Household Archaeology, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, IN 2012”, in: Journal of Near Eastern Studies 73 (1): 155-158.


  • “Stevens, A. Akhenaten’s Workers: The Amarna Stone Village Survey, 2005-9. Volume I: The Survey, Excavations and Architecture and Volume II: The Faunal and Botanical Remains, and Objects (EES Excavation Memoir 100-101), Egypt Exploration Society, London”, in: American Journal of Archaeology 117 (4): online.

Articles in newsletters and popular scientific journals


  • Household Studies in Complex Societies. (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches. 9th Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar, in: News & Notes Summer 2014. Newsletter of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.


  • Household Archaeology in Egypt, in: Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Winter 2013-2014.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.04b



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