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.

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.

Press Report: The discovery of a new nomarch burial in Dayr al-Barsha

Please find the full press report attached as a pdf.
During its 2012 spring campaign, the archaeological mission of Leuven University in Dayr al-Barsha, directed by Harco Willems, has discovered an important burial dating back to the beginning of the Middle Kingdom (approx. 2040 B.C.). Although the burial has been robbed at least twice, and has suffered extensive damage, a large amount of objects were still found in their original position, providing unique information on the scenario of the funerary ritual. The tomb must have belonged to a nomarch (i.e.

New website

The Dayr al-Barsha Project has recently launched this new website, and content is being built for it. Regular updates with new information are scheduled in the coming months, so check back regularly.