Dr. B.J.J. (Ben) Haring

  • Lecturer
  • Egyptology

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 4170
E-Mail: b.j.j.haring@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES Egyptologie
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.05a


Social, economic, administrative and legal aspects of Pharaonic Egypt, especially the role of texts and writing in society. This concerns both documentary/pragmatic writing in cursive script (hieratic) and monumental hieroglyphic inscriptions. Much research concentrates on the extensive documentation left by the necropolis workmen of Ramesside Deir el-Medina.

NWO project: Symbolizing Identity: Identity marks and their relation to writing in New Kingdom Egypt

Curriculum Vitae

- Egyptology (undergraduate) in Leiden and Heidelberg; MA thesis Leiden University 1991.
- Research Fellow (OIO), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); PhD Leiden University 1997.
- Lecturer in Egyptology, Leiden University, since 1996.
- Postdoc Research Fellow, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 1997-2004.
- Treasurer, Vooraziatisch-Egyptisch Genootschap "Ex Oriente Lux", 1999-2008.
- Advisory Board, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO, Brill, Leiden), since 1999.
- Board, Institute for Languages and Cultures of the Middle East (TCMO), 2002-2005.
- Chairman of the department teaching committee of Egyptology since 2005.
- Dutch representative, International Association of Egyptologists (IAE), since 2007.


Courses in the Department of Egyptology, Leiden University, on BA, MA and MPhil levels include Late Egyptian, Hieroglyphic Epigraphy, Hieratic palaeography, and various courses on Ancient Egyptian political, social and economic history. Mentor of first year BA students in Egyptology.

Key publications

1997    Divine Households. Administrative and Economic Aspects of the New Kingdom Royal Memorial Temples in Western Thebes (Egyptologische Uitgaven 12), Leiden.

2003    K. Donker van Heel & B.J.J. Haring, Writing in a Workmen’s Village. Scribal Practice in Ramesside Deir el-Medina (Egyptologische Uitgaven 16), Leiden.

2003    From Oral Practice to Written Record in Ramesside Deir el-Medina, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 46/3, 249-272.

2006    The Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1) in Deir el-Medina. Palaeography (Paléographie hiéroglyphique 2), Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, Cairo.

2009    Workmen's Marks on Ostraca from the Theban Necropolis: A Progress Report, in: B.J.J. Haring & O.E. Kaper ed., Pictograms or Pseudo Script? Non-textual identity marks in practical use in Ancient Egypt and elsewhere. Proceedings of a Conference in Leiden, 19-20 December 2006 (Egyptologische Uitgaven 25), Leiden.

2009    Economy, in: W. Wendrich et al. (ed.), UCLA Encyclopaedia of Egyptology

2009    R.J. Demarée, K. Donker van Heel, B. Haring & J. Toivari-Viitala, The Deir el-Medina Database , Leiden 1998-2009

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