The SURA Team

Our team

includes researchers in Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology from the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels (RMAH) and KU Leuven.

Wouter Claes

Wouter Claes, coordinator of the SURA-project, is head of the department of scientific documentation (libraries and archives) at the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH). He also has extensive fieldwork experience in Egypt, in particular at Elkab, el-Hosh and Qurta where he has been involved as an archaeologist and field director since 2004. Besides his interest in early Egyptian settlement archaeology and prehistoric rock art, he has also a keen interest in the accounts of early travelers to Egypt as well as in the history of the collections of the libraries and archives of the RMAH.


w dot claes at kmkg-mrah dot be

Marleen De Meyer

Marleen De Meyer, co-coordinator of the SURA-project, is a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven for the EOS Project 'Pyramids and Progress: Belgian expansionism and the making of Egyptology, 1830–1952', and Assistant Director for Archaeology and Egyptology at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC). She is the co-director of the Dayr al-Barsha Project, where since 2002 her work concentrates on Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period funerary culture, on which she also wrote her PhD (2008). She now works on the history of Belgian Egyptology, more specifically on the American career of Jean Capart.

marleen dot demeyer at kuleuven dot be

Aude Gräzer Ohara

Aude Gräzer Ohara is a postdoctoral researcher for the SURA project at the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH). She holds a PhD in Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology from the Université de Strasbourg  (2011), where she specialised in the study of New Kingdom settlements, society and visual culture. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge (2013-2015) and was involved in archaeological projects throughout Egypt. Recently (2020), she published the collection of stone artefacts displayed at the Open-Air Museum of Mit Rahina, which she recontextualised based on archival material. 

a dot grazer at kmkg-mrah dot be

Athena Van der Perre

Athena Van der Perre is a postdoctoral researcher for the SURA-project and for the "Pyramids & Progress " project, both at KU Leuven. 

She obtained a PhD in Egyptology at KU Leuven, with a dissertation on Amarna Period limestone quarries in the greater Dayr al-Barsha region (Middle Egypt). Between 2015 and 2017, she was involved in the Egyptian Execration Statuettes project at the RMAH. In collaboration with KU Leuven and the museum, she worked on the development and implementation of the multispectral Portable Light Dome for ancient Egyptian heritage. She is also a teaching assistant at KU Leuven.

athena dot vanderperre at kuleuven dot be

About SURA's follow-up committee