Nicky van de Beek has studied both Egyptology (BA, Research MA) and Archaeology (BA) at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude in 2014 with a thesis on two scenes in the mastaba chapel of Hetepherakhty. Together with Dr. René van Walsem, she is currently preparing a full scientific publication of this Old Kingdom elite tomb.

Excavation experience includes the New Kingdom necropolis of Saqqara and Luxor. Currently she is involved in the MastaBase project (creating an online database of Old Kingdom elite tomb scenes) and preparing her PhD research. She also runs her own business and maintains a Dutch website at Egyptologie.nu.

Through this blog, she would like to express her interest in digital Egyptology, Old Kingdom art and archaeology, women in ancient Egypt and the history of Egyptology.




Book reviews

  • Review of Ikram, S., Kaiser, J. and R. Walker (eds.), Egyptian Bioarchaeology. Humans, animals, and the environment (2015), in: BiOr 74 (2017), 94-98.
  • Review of Martin, G.T., The Tomb of Maya and Meryt I (2012), in: BiOr 73 (2016), 372-374.

MA thesis

  • Beek, N. van de, Two scenes in the Old Kingdom elite tomb chapel of Hetepherakhet: Catching songbirds and goat herding (Leiden University, 2014). Preview