The National Museum of Antiquities has been working on an excavation project in the Egyptian village of Saqqara since 1975, carrying out research and excavations for a few weeks each year. The main objective of the archaeological research at the Tell Damiyah site in Jordan is to reconstruct the occupational history of the site from 1400 to 500 BC.

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Onderzoek Opgraving Tell Damiyah Jordanië

A Roman idyll: villas in Limburg

In Limburg there were many villas in Roman times, the largest concentration in the Netherlands at the time. The Roman term ‘villa’ was roughly equivalent to ‘country estate’. These country estates functioned as arable farms, and played a key role in the food supply to the Roman cities and the army. The Limburg Museum, the Thermenmuseum and the National Museum of Antiquities manage a wealth of excavated material about this important part of our history, but yet to be developed or published.

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Romeinse villa's in Limburg | grafinventaris sarcofaag van Simpelveld

The Year 1000

In 2023-2024, the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) presented a retrospective on the Netherlands in the 10th and 11th century in a European context. The aim of the project was to realise a new and comprehensible image of the period around the year 1000 in the Netherlands, by means of an inventory of archaeological finds, remains of buildings, and objects from the 10th and 11th century, plus a synthesis of research into those, and to communicate this image with a large and varied audience through an exhibition, book, and film.

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Het jaar 1000 Viking drinkhoorn onderzoek onderzoeksprojecten

Scientific staff

The museum has one or more curators for each collection area. They take care of the collection, conduct research and bear responsibility for the content of the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the museum. On the following pages you can read about their work and research. Also our conservators and the head of the Department of Collections and Research present their work and research, as well as the director of the museum.

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Are you a student, a researcher, or someone who takes an interest in antiquity? Come and pay a visit to the academic library of the National Museum of Antiquities. You will find a rich collection of more than 30,000 books, journals, offprints, early printed books, and auction catalogues. There are publications on all the museum’s various collecting areas: Ancient Egypt, the classical world (Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans), the ancient Near East, and the early history of the Netherlands (until 1500).

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Wetenschappelijke bibliotheek Faciliteiten

Reasearch by external parties

The National Museum of Antiquities has in its care a sizeable collection of archaeological objects. The Museum itself conducts research on its collection, but it also facilitates a great many requests submitted by external researchers. To ensure that the growing number of research projects on objects are conducted with all due safety and care, we attach a number of conditions. These are designed to ensure that decisions are weighed carefully, with the aim of protecting the collection’s future and securing its integrity.

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Bruiklenen voor onderzoek Onderzoek Hanneke Kik depot

Conferences and congresses

Read about upcoming conferences and past congresses, organized by the National Museum of Antiquities, like the international Dorestad congresses, which were held in 2009 and 2014. In 2019, the third Dorestad congress will take place. Details will be announced soon. International experts discussed engraved gems on a conference that took place on 3 and 4 November 2016.

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Lezing met publiek

Photo service

The museum photographers maintain a large photo archive, consisting mainly of photographs of objects from the collection and the museums excavation projects. If you wish to request high-resolution images for professional use, please contact the photo service. All the National Museum of Antiquities collection data and images on this website are freely available for reuse under a Creative Commons licence (CC0).

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