Marie Vandenbeusch

Project Curator

Department: Egypt and Sudan


+44 (0)20 7323 8311

Academia Profile

Marie Vandenbeusch is a Project Curator in the Department of Egypt and Sudan.

She joined the Museum in 2012, having worked on temporary and permanent displays for both UK and Swiss institutions, including a touring exhibition on Akhenaten and the Amarna period. She was one of the curators of the exhibition Ancient lives, new discoveries and she is now developing international touring exhibitions, such as Pharaoh, King of Egypt and Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives. She is part of the team of the Amara West excavations.

Her research interests are the study of religion and magic in ancient Egypt, in particular through funerary texts and iconography, and the history of Egyptology. She is currently preparing the publication of her PhD dissertation on ‘The Donkey in ancient Egyptian religion’, defended in 2016 at the University of Geneva.


Current projects

Egyptian mummies

Pharaoh. King of Egypt

Amara West


Ancient projects

Ancient lives



Forthcoming, Taylor J. and M. Vandenbeusch (eds), Ancient Egyptian coffins: craft traditions and functionality, British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 4, Leuven.

2017, ‘Roofing houses at Amara West: a case study’, in N. Spencer, A. Stevens and M. Binder, Nubia in the New Kingdom, British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 3, Leuven, 389-405.

2016, Antoine D. and M. Vandenbeusch, Egyptian mummies. Exploring ancient lives, Sydney.

2016, Vandenbeusch M., A. Semat and M. Maitland, Pharaoh. King of ancient Egypt, New Haven – London.

2015, Vandenbeusch, M. and D. Antoine, ‘Under Saint Michael’s protection: a tattoo from Christian Nubia’, JCCED 1, 15-19.

2015, Vandenbeusch, M., G. Miniaci and S. Quirke, Flinders Petrie and the Image World of Akhetaten in 1894, EA 46, 30-33.

2014, ‘Ancient roofs’ and ‘Seals: miniature expressions of pharaonic power and control’, in N. Spencer, A. Stevens and M. Binder, Amara West: Living in New Kingdom Nubia, 41 and 49.

2014, Taylor, J. and D. Antoine, with M. Vandenbeusch, Ancient lives, new discoveries, London

2012 (june). ‘Néfertiti – Un pouvoir politique inimaginable’, Historia, 44–49.

2011. ‘Les premières fouilles de l’Egypt Exploration Fund: Edouard Naville à Tell el-Maskhuta’, BSEG 28 (2008-2010), 141–172.

2011. Chappaz, J.-C. and M. Vandenbeusch, ‘Voyage en zigzags : Ramsès II de Zagazig à Genève’, Genava n.s. 58, 3–24.

2010. ‘Hunting the Predynastic Donkey’, Nekhen News 22, 14–15.

2010. Bandelettes de momie: fragments du Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève, CSEG 10.

2009. ‘Les Anglais à Tell el-Amarna. Deux décennies de fouilles’, Égypte, Afrique et Orient 52, 73–80.

2008. Chappaz, J.-C., F. Tiradritti and M. Vandenbeusch, Akhénaton et Néfertiti, exhibition catalogue, Geneva-Milan.