Dr. K. (Koen) Donker Van Heel

  • Lecturer
  • Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1909
E-Mail: k.donker.van.heel@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES Papyrologisch Instituut
Office Address: Universiteitsbibliotheek
Witte Singel 26-27
2311 BG Leiden
Room number papyro

Fields of interest

My fields of interest include Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic, two rather difficult stages of the language of ancient Egypt, between c. 800 BC and 300 AD. Since most legal contracts from ancient Egypt were written in Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic, this also explains my penchant for ancient Egyptian law, society and economy. At present I am employed by Leiden University to teach and to help restore the tradition of Demotic papyrology in Leiden established by P.W. Pestman and S.P. Vleeming. Apart from this I work as a copywriter and communications consultant, mainly for government agencies and ministries, trade & industry and research organisations.


- PhD Legal History, Leiden University (1996)
- MA Egyptology, Leiden University (1978-1989)

- Lecturer in Demotic and Abnormal Hieratic, Leiden University (2012-)
- Author American University in Cairo Press (2011)
- Partner at Van Oort & Van Oort Public Affairs (2011-)
- Editor at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (2009-2011)
- Copywriter at Economische Voorlichtings Dienst (2002-2006)
- Editor, copywriter and translator at Rijkswaterstaat, Ministerie van Defensie, Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, Technische Universiteit Delft, Brill Academic Publishers, Ecorys, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and SMEs in IT, real estate, dredging & offshore, &cet.
- Post-doc Egyptology, Leiden University (2001-2004)
- Editor, copywriter and translator at TNO (2003-)
- Post-doc Egyptology, Leiden University (1997-2000)
- Lecturer in Demotic, Leiden University (1996-1997)

Key publications

[book] Djekhy & Son. Doing business in ancient Egypt, American University in Cairo Press (2012)

[book] C.J. Martin, with the assistance of K. Donker van Heel and F.A.J. Hoogendijk et al., Demotic Papyri from the Memphite Necropolis (P. Dem. Memphis) in the Collections of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the British Museum and the Hermitage Museum, PALMA Eg. 5 (2009)

[web database] The Deir el-Medina Database (2004), with B.J.J. Haring, R.J. Demarée and J. Toivari

[article] ‘A day in the life of the ancient Egyptian goatherd Ityaa: abnormal hieratic P. Michaelides 1 and 2 (P. BM EA 10907 and 10906)’, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 90 (2004), pp. 153-166 & figs. 1-8

[article] ‘King Who? P. Louvre E 7853: the first half of an abnormal hieratic puzzle’, in F. Hoffmann and H.J. Thissen (eds.), Res severa gaudium.Festschrift für Karl-Theodor Zauzich zum 65. Geburtstag am 8. Juni 2004, 2004, pp. 129-137 & pl. 11

[review] M. Depauw, The Archive of Teos and Thabis from Early Ptolemaic Thebes (P. Brux. dem. inv. E. 8252-8256), Monographies Reine Élisabeth 8 (2000), in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 90 (2004), Reviews Supplement, pp. 59-61

[book] Writing in a workmen’s village.Scribal practice in Ramesside Deir el-Medina, Egyptologische Uitgaven XVI (2003), with B.J.J. Haring

[article] ‘De petitie van Petiëse’, in R.J. Demaree and K.R. Veenhof (eds.), Zij Schreven Geschiedenis. Historische Documenten Uit Het Oude Nabije Oosten (2500-100 v. Chr.), Mededelingen en Verhandelingen Ex Oriente Lux 33 (2003), pp. 398-409

[article] ‘The Scribbling-Pad of Djemontefankh Son of Aafenmut, Priest of Amonrasonter and Overseer of the King’s Treasury (P. Berlin 3048 Verso)’, in K. Ryholt (ed.), Acts of the Seventh International Conference of Demotic Studies. Copenhagen, 23-27 August 1999 (2002), pp. 139-147

[article] ‘An ancient Egyptian CD-ROM: Ashmolean Museum HO 1256’, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 87 (2001), 94-101, fig. 1-2 & pl. XII, with Guillaume Bouvier and Rob Demarée

[article] ‘A Scribe’s Cache from the Valley of Queens? The Palaeography of Documents from Deir el-Medina: Some Remarks’, in R.J. Demarée and A. Egberts (eds.), Deir el-Medina in the Third Millennium AD. A Tribute to Jac. J. Janssen, Egyptologische Uitgaven XIV (2000), pp. 9-49

[review] J.G. Manning, The Hauswaldt Papyri. A Third Century B.C. Family Dossier from Edfu, Demotische Studien 12 (1997), in Bibliotheca Orientalis 57 (2000), cols. 289-295

[article] ‘Papyrus Louvre E 7851 recto and verso: two more land leases from the reign of Taharka’, in Revue d’Égyptologie 50 (1999), pp. 135-144 & pl. XIII-XIV

[article] ‘Abnormal hieratic in Oxford: two new papyri’, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 84 (1998), pp. 234-236, with John Baines and Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert

[article] ‘Papyrus Louvre E 7856 verso and recto: leasing land in the reign of Taharka’, in Revue d’Égyptologie 49 (1998), pp. 91-102 & pl. XII-XIII

[article] ‘Papyrus Leiden I 379: the inheritance of the Memphite choachyte Imouthes’, in Oudheidkundige Mededelingen van het Rijksmuseum van Oudheden 78 (1998), pp. 33-50 & pl. 1-7

[article] ‘Use of Land in the Kushite and Saite Periods (Egypt, 747-656 and 664-525 BC)’, in B. Haring en R. de Maaijer (eds.), Landless and Hungry? Access to Land in Early and Traditional Societies. Proceedings of a Seminar held in Leiden, 20 and 21 June, 1996 (1998), pp. 90-102

[article] ‘Kushite abnormal hieratic land leases’, in C.J. Eyre, Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Egyptologists, Cambridge, 3-9 September 1995 (1998), pp. 339-343

[book] The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World History, M.E. Sharpe, Armonk NY (1997)

[article] ‘Papyrus Louvre E 7852: a land lease from the reign of Taharka’, in Revue d’Égyptologie 48 (1997), pp. 81-93 & pl. VIII

[review] S.P. Vleeming, Papyrus Reinhardt. An Egyptian Land List from the Tenth Century B.C., Hieratische Papyri aus den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Lieferung II (1993), in Bibliotheca Orientalis 54 (1997), cols. 72-76

[dissertation] Abnormal hieratic and early demotic texts collected by the Theban choachytes in the reign of Amasis. Papyri from the Louvre Eisenlohr lot, dissertation Leiden (1995)

[article] ‘The lost battle of Peteamonip son of Petehorresne’, in E. Bresciani (ed.), Acta Demotica. Acts of the Fifth International Conference for Demotists (Pisa, 4th-8th September 1993), Egitto e Vicino Oriente 17 (1994), pp. 115-124

[article] ‘Publishing a Choachyte’s Archive’, in Atti Sesto Congresso Internazionale di Egittologia, Vol. II (1993), pp. 203-206

[article] ‘A small note on early demotic texts and archives’, in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 78 (1992), p. 287

[article] ‘Use and Meaning of the Egyptian Term w3h-mw’, in R.J. Demarée and A. Egberts (eds.), Village Voices. Proceedings of the symposium ‘Texts from Deir el-Medîna and their interpretation’, Leiden, May 31 - June 1, 1991, CNWS Publications 13 (1992), pp. 19-30

[book] The legal manual of Hermopolis [P. Mattha]. Text and translation, Uitgaven vanwege de Stichting Het Leids Papyrologisch Instituut 11 (1990)

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