Curator collections Egypt and Nubia

Dr. Daniel Soliman
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Study and career

Daniel Soliman (1985) studied Egyptology at Leiden University. In 2016 he obtained his PhD from the same university with a dissertation on identity marks and literacy in the community of necropolis workers at Deir el-Medina. He then worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Copenhagen within a research project on the economics and administration of monumental tomb building during the New Kingdom. In 2018-2019, Daniel Soliman contributed to a research project at the British Museum on the illicit trade in antiquities. Since 2019, he has been a curator of the Egyptian Collection at the National Museum of Antiquities. There he conducts research and creates exhibitions on ancient Egypt.


As a student, Soliman was involved in excavations at Abydos and Sakkara. At the National Museum of Antiquities, he now works as an Egyptologist and epigrapher on the excavation at Sakkara. He also carried out research on ancient Egyptian sculpture and documentary texts from the Egyptian New Kingdom. At the museum he coordinates a research project on the late Meroitic settlement of Shokan and within the Vatican Coffin Project he studies the decoration and production of ancient Egyptian coffins. In addition, he researches the origins of Egyptian collections and the reception and perception of ancient Egypt and Egyptology in the West and in contemporary Egypt.

Ask me a question about

  • Language, writing, literacy and society in ancient Egypt
  • Life in the settlement of Deir el-Medina
  • Ancient Egyptian sculpture
  • Trade in ancient Egyptian objects
  • Ancient Egypt in contemporary film and music

Important research projects

  • Research into the Nubian village Shokan (2019-present)
  • Research into the cemetery of Sakkara (2019-present, in collaboration with Leiden University and Museo Egizio)
  • Research on the coffins of Amun priests (2019-present, in international collaboration)
  • Research into tomb building in the Egyptian New Kingdom (2015-present, in collaboration with Copenhagen University and Cambridge University)
Daniel Soliman

Daniel Soliman

Important publications

Daniel Soliman

Daniel Soliman

Important expositions

Important lectures

  • 2022, Claiming Alexandria’s past: imaginaries of Cleopatra’s identity and race. Symposium, Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
  • 2021, The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and the Vatican Coffin Project. Summer school, University of Naples L’Orientale en The Vatican Coffin Project, Napels.
  • 2021, Children of the Hapi: Ancient Egypt and Nubia in afrofuturistic music. Symposium, University of Birmingham.
  • 2021, De tempel van Taffeh. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.
  • 2021, ‘The sound of Kemet’: Eurocentric and Afrocentric approaches to an ancient culture. Symposium, Allard Pierson, Amsterdam.
  • 2021, Out of Egypt: the complexities of repatriation claims of Egyptian antiquities. Nabu Na’id, Leiden.
  • 2020, Culturele verweving: Textiel uit Egypte. RoMeO, Leiden.
  • 2020, Dummie de Mummie: an Egyptian body as the undead, exotic Other. Symposium, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden en Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
  • 2020, Vervalsingen in Egyptische kunst. Huis van Horus, Leiden.
  • 2019, Geschiedenis en toekomst van Egyptische verzamelingen. Symposium Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden.
  • 2019, Collecting Egyptian antiquities in the year 2019. Internationaal congres, Leiden.
  • 2019, A re-evaluation of evidence for Deir el-Medina workmen at Amarna. Colloquium, British Museum, Londen.
  • 2019, Mummies as medicine. Odorama, Mediamatic, Amsterdam.
  • 2019, Bouwen met Buqentuef. RoMeO, Leiden

In the media

Ancillary activities

  • Chairman Supervisory Board Stichting Huis van Horus
  • Member of the organising committee of the Thirteenth International Congress of Egyptologists (2023)
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of Friends of Saqqara Foundation
  • Member of the jury for travel grants of Stichting Zenobia
  • Peer reviewer scientific journals