Dr. habil. Lara Weiss

Lara Weiss is Curator of the Egyptian and Nubian Collections at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden and one of the field directors of the Leiden-Turin Expedition to Saqqara. She initiated and leads the Walking Dead project (2017-2023) at Leiden University and received her habilitation from Erfurt University in the Study of Ancient Religions in 2022.

Books by Lara Weiss

Perspectives on Lived Religion II

The Making of a Cultural Geography

Edited by Lara Weiss, Nico Staring, Huw Twiston Davies | 2022

Ancient Egyptian elites invested immense cultural and economic efforts in preparing for their afterlives. However, the diversity of choices open to them is often overlooked. These choices included tomb size, tomb location, and architectural design,…

Perspectives on Lived Religion

Practices - Transmission - Landscape

Edited by Nico Staring, Huw Twiston Davies and Lara Weiss | 2019

Religion in the ancient world, and ancient Egyptian religion in particular, is often perceived as static, hierarchically organised, and centred on priests, tombs, and temples. Engagement with archaeological and textual evidence dispels these beguiling if…

The Coffins of the Priests of Amun

Egyptian coffins from the 21st Dynasty in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden

Edited by Lara Weiss | 2017

Ancient Egyptian coffins provided a shell to protect the deceased both magically and physically. They guaranteed an important requirement for eternal life: an intact body. Not everybody could afford richly decorated wooden coffins. As commodities,…

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