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Nico Staring


Dr. N.T.B. Staring
+31 71 527 7902

I am an archaeologist specialising in pharaonic Egyptian art, material culture and social history. My present affiliation is with the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). As a visiting scholar (2016–2017) I publish research results, write applications for project funding and contribute to teaching. My fields of expertise are in Old Kingdom and New Kingdom cemetery sites (tomb architecture, art, texts, and material culture), visitors’ graffiti, prosopography, and the history of Egyptology. In my studies, I have demonstrated a deep interest in comparative and multidisciplinary approaches and in (the materiality of) texts.

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Curriculum vitae


  • PhD in Ancient History (Egyptology), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2016)
  • MA in Archaeology of the Near East, Leiden University (2008)
  • BA in Archaeology, Leiden University (2005)

Employment & principal positions

  • Council member of the International Association of Egyptologists, elected representative of The Netherlands (since 2015)
  • Programme coordinator & lecturer "Cairo programme", Leiden University & KULeuven (2014)
  • Board member (chairman) of Stichting Huis van Horus, non-profit (since 2011)
  • Managing editor of Ta-Mery magazine, popular scientific (since 2011)
  • Member (chairman) of organising committee Current Research in Egyptology XI conference
  • University lecturer in Egyptian archaeology, Leiden University (2009-2010)

(Ethno-)archaeological fieldwork projects

  • Leiden-Turin archaeological mission to the New Kingdom Necropolis at Saqqara, Egypt; Leiden University, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden & Museo Egizion, Turin (since 2007)
  • Potters of Fustat ethnoarchaeological project, Cairo, Egypt; Leiden University & Netherlands Flemish Institute in Cairo (2008)
  • Tell Edfu Project, Egypt; Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (2006-2007)
  • Humboldt University Nubian Expedition, Sudan; Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (2006)
  • Deir Moussa Aswad archaeological project, Egypt; Leiden University (2005-2007)
  • Lundu Archaeology Project, Malawi; Leiden University (2004)

Grants and awards

2017: Prof. dr. A.W. Byvanck Fonds (Leids Universiteits Fonds) €3530
2013: Department HDR research grant (Macquarie University) $AUD 1382
2012: Department HDR research grant (Macquarie University) $AUD 2618
2012: Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship $AUD 84.000
2012: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Australia) $AUD 98.000
2011: Lutfia Rabbani Foundation travel scholarship €742
2005-2010: various (6) small research grants <€1.000


  • 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



  • International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) Council Member

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