The Dutch excavations

Dutch archaeologists have been active at Saqqara since 1975 - first in cooperation with English archaeologists, later as a solely Dutch expedition. An important reason for choosing Saqqara as a dig site was the presence of several masterpieces in the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, the Netherlands. It was hoped that their original findspot could be rediscovered and thereby the context of these reliefs and statues.

As this goal was reached by the rediscovery of the tombs of Horemheb and of Maya and Meryt, new questions have arisen concerning the New Kingdom cemetery for high officials. A number of tombs, likewise known from museum objects, remain hidden to this day and will hopefully be rediscovered in dig seasons to come.