Nicky van de Beek MA has studied both Egyptology and Archaeology 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 of this Old Kingdom elite tomb.

Excavation experience includes the New Kingdom necropoleis of Saqqara and Luxor. Currently she is preparing her PhD research on fifth dynasty tombs at Saqqara. She is also a freelance designer at Maat Webdesign.

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


  • Herta Mohr: Egyptoloog in oorlogstijd, Symposium Herdenkingscultuur en de Leidse universiteit, Leiden, 4 May 2018.
  • Gertrude Bell: ‘I prefer the East to the West’, introductory lecture to documentary Letters from Baghdad, Leiden International Film Festival, RMO Leiden, 1 November 2017.
  • Resurrecting Hetepherakhty, Farewell Symposium for René van Walsem Mastabas and their decoration, Leiden, 16 September 2017.
  • De mastaba van Hetepherachet, Huis van Horus lecture, RMO Leiden, 20 November 2016.
  • Herta Mohr en de mastaba van Hetepherachet, Egyptologists Day, Leuven, 5 November 2016.
  • 3D Mastaba Project, Pleyte Jubilee, Leiden, 6 June 2015.

Guest lectures

  • Digital Epigraphy, Leiden University, 2018.
  • Mastaba Texts, Leiden University, 2017.


  • Vrouwen in het Oude Rijk; Vrouwen in Deir el-Medina, Vrouwen in het Oude Egypte, Huis van Horus, November 2017.
  • Ouderijks elitegraven; Graven uit het Middenrijk, Summer course Private graven door de eeuwen heen, Huis van Horus, July 2017.
  • Hiërogliefen in 10 minuten, Museumnacht Leiden, RMO, May 2017.
  • Hiërogliefen voor dummies, Ex Oriente Lux workshops, 2017.
  • Hiërogliefen voor scholieren, secondary schools, 2017.
  • Egyptische kunstgeschiedenis, secondary schools, 2017.
  • Leesgroep Hiërogliefen, Stichting Mehen, 2016/2017.
  • Ouderijks elitegraven, Egyptische kunst in perspectief, HOVO Tilburg, March 2015.
  • De privégraven van het Oude Rijk, Huis van Horus, October 2014.
  • Grafkapel te koop: De tombe van Hetepherachet; Graven in Sakkara, Summer school Sakkara: recent onderzoek with Huub Pragt, April 2014.