|THIERRY BENDERITTER, WEBMASTER
I was born in 1955, and am married with two children and four grand-children. I am an MD, more precisely a pathologist. If you do not know what the job of an anatomo-cyto-pathologist is, rest assured, you are not alone. You will find a brief description of this branch of medicine here. I have also taken a number of other academic and medical degrees. I have now mostly retired from my professional duties in order to devote more time to Ancient Egypt and this site.
My taste for Ancient Egypt dates back some thirty years and was fed by numerous trips there, which allowed me to accumulate a large collection of photographs and make many friends.
My main areas of interest are in the religious and funerary aspects of this brilliant civilisation, which naturally led me to the interesting study of tombs and mastabas. Curiously, though, the pyramids do not interest me, or at least for the moment.
Owing to where I live (La Garde, near Toulon in the Var, South of France) and a very involved job, I had no time to deepen my knowledge with a degree in Egyptology, as I would have liked. However, I was able to study hieroglyphs for several years at the Institute Kheops (Paris), in addition to attending many educational courses and conferences.
• I participated in the creation of the multimedia encyclopaedia on CD-ROM "Egypt of the Pharaohs" edited by Professor Michel Guay, University of Quebec at Montreal (now sold out).
• I have written various articles in journals such as Historia (France), Ancient Egypt Magazine (GB), Kemet (Germany).
• I was part of the Polish mission to Saqqara in 2007, and the resulting publication of a scientific report.
• I also discovered the world’s oldest traces of poliomyelitis in a tomb, which was published in the German journal Göttinger Miszellen (GM 225, 2010).
• I am a member of the French Society of Egyptology.
• In 2010 I had the privilege to being admitted to the International Association of Egyptologists (IAE) as an associate member.
• Since 2011 I have been in charge of the internet section covering Egyptology in the French journal "Egypte, Afrique & Orient".
In 2001 I decided to create this site, Osirisnet.net, I will not repeat the reasosns that motivated me then as they are presented on the Osirisnet project page.
I was very fortunate to be joined in 2004 by Jon Hirst who was willing to support the English version of the site and who also produced, among other things, all the splendid 3D Virtual Tours. Without Jon, Osirisnet would not be what it is today. Alas, owing to health problems, he had to stop helping in 2014.
I work tirelessly to develop this site, which is now noted as a resource for students of Egyptology, history and art history in various countries, and visited by both amateurs and professionals in the field. Over the years I have been able to develop relationships with several Egyptologists who are willing to help me to a greater or lesser extent in the task we have undertaken. It will be finished when the last tomb of Egypt, for which we have a decent photographic record, is posted on-line.
"The author is nothing, the book everything!" - Gustave Flaubert
"One’s great misfortune is in not being able to live up to one’s own standards" - Leonardo da Vinci