Curator collection Egypt

Lara Weiss (photos: Rob Overmeer)Lara Weiss (photos: Rob Overmeer)

Dr. Lara Weiss

Curator collection Egypt

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Lara Weiss (b. 1980) studied Egyptology in Berlin and Leiden and received her doctoral degree in Göttingen in 2012. She is especially interested in the daily life of the ancient Egyptians and their mode of religious experience. Both her master’s dissertation and her doctoral thesis related to religion in Deir el-Medina, where the labourers lived who worked in the Valley of the Kings. Since 2012 she has been involved as a teacher and a researcher in the ERC Advanced Grant project 'Lived Ancient Religion: Questioning "cults" and "polis religion", hosted by the University of Erfurt (Germany). Her research for that project is focused on religion in Roman Karanis (in the Fayoum Oasis).

Weiss will play a central role in the reorganization of the Egyptian department at the National Museum of Antiquities in 2016 and will be involved in developing international travelling exhibitions. She will also support her fellow curator, Prof. Maarten Raven, in his work on the excavation run by the museum in the Egyptian town of Saqqara.

Areas of expertise

  • Interdisciplinary methods and ancient Egypt (especially religious studies and sociology/anthropology)
  • Deir el-Medina
  • museology

Major research projects

  • Personal religion in Deir el-Medina (2010-2012)
  • Lived Ancient Religion in Karanis (2012-2014)

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