About the conference
Leiden has been home to Egyptology since 1818, when the first large collection of Egyptian antiquities entered the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. The world’s first Professor in Archaeology, museum director Caspar Reuvens thus ensured Leiden grew to be a national and international centre for the study of Ancient Egypt.
From 1910 onwards Egyptology has been taught at Leiden University, and the field has continued to flourish until today. Part of the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, the department teaches all phases of the ancient Egyptian language and culture. Annual field-work projects in Egypt are organised in Saqqara, Luxor and the Dakhla Oasis.
The Leiden Papyrologisch Instituut was founded in 1935, with its emphasis on Demotic legal material, in combination with Greek texts.
The Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten was established as an independent foundation in 1939, aiming to provide essential services for the study of the ancient Near East and Egypt. The institute has been integrated into the Faculty of Humanities in 2018.
This bid for the 13th ICE is made jointly by the Leiden University Department of Egyptology, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO), the Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten (NINO) and the Papyrologisch Instituut, Leiden.
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