The Dayr al-Barsha Project (2002-present) is an international and interdisciplinary research endeavor directed by the Egyptology department at Leuven University, Belgium. The site of Dayr al-Barsha in Middle Egypt, from which the project derives its name, is in fact only one of several archaeological sites in the region that are under study by the project. These pages present an overview of the project's approaches and the results that have been attained thus far. Plans, information about past excavation seasons, a selection of photographs, and a list of publications can also be found here. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, remarks, or suggestions.

Marie Curie Research Project

The report of the Marie Curie Research Project on Late Antique settlement patterns by Gertrud Van Loon is now online here.


Marleen De Meyer

Old Kingdom to early Middle Kingdom coffin production: A perspective from Dayr al-Barsha and beyond

Saturday 12 October 2013, 11AM

One Day Conference EES: The World of the Coffin: Between Craft And Art

Archaeology Lecture Theatre, G.06, UCL

31-34 Gordon Square

London, WC1H 0PY

More info at



Harco Willems

De Leuvense opgravingen in Dayr al-Barsha: voorjaar 2013

Dinsdag 1 oktober 2013, 20:00u
MSI 01.28
Erasmusplein 2
3000 Leuven

Gratis inkom


Bart Vanthuyne

Early Old Kingdom Rock Circle Cemeteries in the 15th and 16th Upper Egyptian Nomes

Date: Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:00 PM (6:30-7:00 PM--Light Refreshments)
ARCE: Washington DC Chapter
Location:   1255 - 25th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
RSVP: Carol Boyer at for the Lecture & the Meet-the-Speaker Dinner (at the Fairmont Hotel , 2401 M St. NW)
Lecture is FREE and open to the public

New Publication

Marie Curie Fellow Gertrud Van Loon co-authored in the new publication on Old Cairo:

Gawdat Gabra, Gertrud J.M. Van Loon, Stefan C. Reif, Tarek Swelim, Carolyn Ludwig, Morris Jackson, and Sherif Sonbol (eds.), The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo: Its Fortress, Churches, Synagogue, and Mosque, Cairo: AUC Press, 2013.

Flanders Today

Nefertiti Still Queen in Year 16 of Akhenaton

New Publication

A new publication on the early Old Kingdom rock circle cemeteries in Dayr al-Barsha and Dayr Abu Hinnis has just appeared in print (in Dutch):

Bart Vanthuyne, 'Rotscirkelgraven in Deir el Bersja en Deir Abu Hinnis', Ta-Mery 5 (2012), 76-85.

(Link: Ta-Mery)

New Publication

A new publication on the Middle Kingdom pottery from Dayr al-Barsha has just appeared in print:
Lies op de Beeck, Christoph Peeters, and Harco Willems, ‘Middle Kingdom Pottery from Deir el-Bersha’, in: R. Schiestl and A. Seiler (eds.), Handbook of the Pottery of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom II. The Regional Volume (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Denkschriften der Akademie LXXII. Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, XXXI: Wien, 2012), p.