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The Oegstgeest bowl and the bones of a giant king mentioned in Beowulf

Recently, archeologists of Leiden University made an excavation in Oegstgeest, where they found a unique silver bowl from the first half of the seventh century as well as imported pottery and winebarrels. Thijs Porck, lecturer in Old English language and culture at Leiden University, places the Oegstgeest finds in a literary-historical context. "It wouldn't surprise me if the Leiden archaeologists soon encountered a pair of oversized bones."


Leiden University mourns victims of air disaster

Leiden University mourns the loss of our student Laurens van der Graaff, and alumni Willem Witteveen, also a former member of staff, and his wife Lidwien Heerkens. All three were passengers on the Malaysian Airlines flight that was lost in the air disaster on 17 July.