Thierry Benderitter, Webmaster

I was born in 1955, and am married with two children and four grand-children. I live in La Garde, near Toulon in the South of France. I am a MD, more precisely an anatomic 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 . I have also taken a number of other academic and medical degrees.
I am now retired and can 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. I have studied hieroglyphs for several years at the Kheops Institute (Paris), in addition to attending many educational courses and conferences.
My main areas of interest are in the religious and funerary aspects of this brilliant civilisation, which led me to the study of the tombs and mastabas. Curiously, though, the pyramids do not interest me.

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 have discovered the world’s oldest traces of poliomyelitis in a tomb, which was published in the German journal Göttinger Miszellen .
I am a member of the French Society of Egyptology.
I had the privilege to being admitted to the International Association of Egyptologists () as an associate member.

Since 2011 I have been in charge of the internet section covering Egyptology in the French journal .

In 2001 I decided to create this site,, I will not repeat the reasons that motivated me then as they are presented on .
In 2016, I published "The Tomb of Amenhotep Called Huy, TT40" in the American magazine KMT, which honoured me with a cover story.
In 2018, according to, I am cited in over 100 PDFs () I was fortunate to be joined in 2004 by 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. He passed away in April 2019.

I keep working hard to develop this site, which is now noted as a resource for students of Egyptology, history and art history in various countries. It is visited by both amateurs and professionals in the field.
I consider that my mission on this site Osirisnet will be complete the day I can post online the last tomb of Egypt for which I have a decent photographic record.