Nicky van de Beek MA has studied Egyptology, Archaeology and Digital Humanities at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She graduated cum laude with a thesis on two scenes in the tomb chapel of Hetepherakhty. Together with dr. René van Walsem she is currently preparing a publication about this Old Kingdom mastaba tomb.
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.
What is a digital Egyptologist?
A digital Egyptologist explores, develops and writes about digital methods innovating the field of Egyptology. For instance, for our publication of the tomb chapel of Hetepherakhty we are using photogrammetry and digital epigraphy. I want to develop an Augmented Reality app that lets you use your smart device on objects in a museum. We are creating an online version of the MastaBase. I am currently learning 3D modeling and programming, and I am exploring the use of Network Analysis in my PhD research to study networks of elite tomb owners in the Old Kingdom. In the field, I am experimenting with photogrammetry to capture Theban tombs in 3D.
It’s an exciting time to live in and many things are happening in this field. Let’s bring Egyptology into the 21th century!