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.

Study day: Djehutihotep. 100 years of excavating in Egypt

In 1915, the American archaeologist George Reisner began excavations in the Egyptian village of Dayr al-Barsha. A hundred years later, a KU Leuven team carries on the excavations. This centennial is the occasion for an exhibition about how archaeology was pursued in Egypt a hundred years ago, and how this work continues to impact on modern research.

Exhibit: Djehutihotep. 100 Years of Excavating in Egypt

On 5 November 2015 an exhibit about the research history at the site of Dayr al-Barsha will open in the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels, titled 'Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte'. This exhibit is organised by the Egyptology department of the KU Leuven and its students. More info can be found at (in Dutch).

Looting of the tomb of Djehutihotep

Two weeks ago, the Egyptological world was shocked by tweets by Monica Hanna about the looting and extensive destruction of the tomb of Djehutihotep at Dayr al-Barsha. According to some reports, entire walls with relief decoration would have been removed, and one report even suggested the dig house had been looted.

Benefietavond Djehoetihotep

De studenten archeologie en egyptologie van de KU Leuven nodigen u van harte uit op hun Egyptische benefietavond ten voordele van de tentoonstelling ‘Djehoetihotep. 100 jaar opgravingen in Egypte’ (zie de flyer onderaan voor meer info). De tentoonstelling wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met de afdeling Egyptologie van de KU Leuven en het Jubelparkmuseum te Brussel. Om dit unieke project op poten te kunnen zetten kunnen wij nog een duwtje in de rug gebruiken!

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New Publication

Véronique De Laet, Gertrud van Loon, Athena Van der Perre, Iris Deliever, Harco Willems, 'Integrated remote sensing investigations of ancient quarries and road systems in the Greater Dayr al-Barsha Region, Middle Egypt: a study of logistics', Journal of Archaeological Science 55 (2015), 286-300.



Excellence Cluster Topoi

Gertrud van Loon was awarded a  fellowship to Berlin by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut and in the framework of Topoi-Cluster B3 and B4. For the project Dayr Anba Hadra, a medieval monastery on the West Bank of Aswan, she will document and study the paintings in the church, the cave and the monastic complex. An important aspect is the relationship iconographical programme – function of space.


Marleen De Meyer: Les tombeaux des nomarques d’el-Bercheh : iconographie et matériel funéraire

"Journée d’étude: l’Égypte de Sésostris III" at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France (18 October 2014)

All information available here.

Old Kingdom funerary mask featured in KU Leuven Campuskrant (September 2014)

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Marleen De Meyer: "Het late Oude Rijk in Dayr al-Barsha: Recente resultaten van opgravingen op de zuidheuvel"

30 september (Leuven) &  2 oktober (Gent). Voor details, zie onderaan.