The MastaBase CD-ROM can now be downloaded from online repository Zenodo.
The Leiden Mastaba Project was initiated in 1998 to develop a coherent database of iconographic programmes in Old Kingdom elite tombs from the Memphite area (c. 2600-2150 BCE).
The project was directed by dr. René van Walsem and partly funded by NWO and LUF/Gratama. Hans van den Berg and drs. Marije Vugts played a vital role in its development.
In 2008, the database was published on CD-ROM.
In 2014, the Leiden Mastaba Study Group was formed to make the original version of MastaBase accessible online, but turned into a reading and discussion group about anything mastaba-related.
The Leiden Mastaba Study Group currently consists of the following members:
- René van Walsem
- Nicky van de Beek
- Janny Roos
- Eva Cornelisse
- Maud Slingenberg
- Sandra Ottens
- Davide Monteiro Snepvangers
- Wantje Fritschy