Welcome to Saqqara.nl

This website is maintained by the Friends of Saqqara Foundation, a non-profit foundation aimed at providing financial support for Dutch archaeological research at Saqqara, Egypt. In particular the foundation supports the joint excavation team of the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden, the Museo Egizio at Turin and Leiden University. For several decades, this team has been advancing the research, documentation, and preservation of the monuments in the area to the south of the Step Pyramid of Djoser, where a cemetery of important New Kingdom officials is located.

A visitor to the site before 1975 would have viewed a landscape uncluttered by monuments of any kind ... An observant visitor might have noticed rough rectangular depressions in the sand: the outlines of buried tomb courtyards. - Geoffrey Martin

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Site open for tourists!

Since May 23, 2011 tourists are allowed to visit our site. The tombs of Maya, Horemheb, Tia, Meryneith, Ptahemwia and Pay & Raia are officially open to the public. In order to visit the tombs one should request an extra ticket on arrival at the plateau. The guard at the site has keys to open these six tombs as well as the subterranean burial chambers of Maya.

The Leiden Excavations in the New Kingdom necropolis at Saqqara (Egypt) are a joint project of:

RMO - Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities), Leiden, the Netherlands
UL - Leiden University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Egyptology, Leiden, the Netherlands
Museo Egizio - Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino, Turin, Italy


Rijksmuseum van Oudheden Leiden University
Museo Egizio