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 partially 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 released on CD-ROM.
In 2014, the Leiden Mastaba Study Group was formed, to work on an enhanced and updated version of the database. Currently a new online open access database is being prepared, to be consulted free of charge by researchers, students and interested people around the world.
The Leiden Mastaba Study Group consists of the following members: