Czech Institute of Egyptology
The Czech Institute of Egyptology was founded in 1958, as a successor to the Egyptological Seminar at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague. Its founding father was Frantisek Lexa, an expert in Late Egyptian writing. The first fieldwork undertaken by the new Institute in the 1960s was in Nubia, where Prague Egyptologists took an active part in the rescue of Nubian sites and artefacts from dam construction. The Nubian series of Institute publications, published mainly in the 1970s and 1980s, are particularly important as they are the sole record of sites that are no longer accessible to researchers. The Institute started work at its most famous excavation site, Abusir, just after beginning its Nubian campaign. Abusir, the northernmost part of the Saqqara necropolis, has produced an unexpected richness of material, including a royal cemetery of 5th Dynasty pyramids, a Necropolis of officials dating from the 4th to 6th Dynasties, and Saite-Persian shaft tombs. The excavations are still continuing, with only a few months break every year during the intense heat of the summer months. Studies at the Abusir necropolis are making huge contributions to our knowledge of the society and culture of the Memphite region. Recently, a new area has been added to the Czech archaeological permit area - a zone in Western desert, in the area of Hayez, Bahariya oasis, and work is starting there. A range of archaeological works at the site are published in the Abusir series, which now extends to number VII. The archaeological reports on Abusir are not the only part of their publishing activities – these include also broader syntheses and future plans include a special series devoted to the heritage of Ancient and Islamic Egypt. A short series will also report on the Hayez expedition. Future plans also include a dissertation series. The future looks bright for Czech Egyptology, now celebrating over 50 years of scholarship. The recent merging of the Institute with the National Centre for Egyptology has brought the financial and scholarly resources of the discipline together and, in the next few years, it is hoped that the program of publications will become ever larger and more prestigious.
The Art of Describing:Studies  in Honour of Yvonne Harpur Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 307
ISBN: 9788073087708
Pub Date: 30 Oct 2018
Illustrations: Color, b-w
Description:
The superbly illustrated volume “The Art of Describing” presents a wide array of subject-matter dealing with the visual culture of the Old Kingdom. The topics range from many in-depth studies of various two-dimensional motifs as well as sculpture encountered in the tombs of the Memphite necropolises, the presentation of complete overviews of wall scenes, and the art of carving, to selected royal scenes as well as the decorative programme of burial chambers. Many of the issues touch upon hitherto unpublished material and tombs only recently discovered.
Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2015 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 696
ISBN: 9788073087586
Pub Date: 31 May 2018
Illustrations: Black and white photographs, plans and figures
Description:
The Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague has since the start of the third millennium established the tradition of organising on a regular basis a platform for scholars, active in the pyramid fields and the cemeteries of the Memphite region (Abusir, Saqqara, Dahshur and Giza in particular), to meet, exchange information and establish further cooperation. The present volume, containing 43 contributions by 53 scholars, is the result of the already fourth "Abusir and Saqqara" conference held in June 2015. The volume reflects the widespread, often multidisciplinary interest of many researchers into a wide variety of different topics related to the Memphite necropoleis.
The Statues of Raneferef and the Royal Sculpture of the Fifth Dynasty Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 259
ISBN: 9788073087456
Pub Date: 12 Dec 2017
Series: Abusir Monographs
Illustrations: 107
Description:
Czech archaeological team discovered in the mortuary temple of Raneferef in Abusir in the 1980s fragments of about a dozen of the statues of the king, including his six complete likenesses. The monograph presents a detailed description and discussion of Raneferef’s statues in the broader context of the royal sculpture of the Fifth Dynasty.
Rich and Great Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 346
ISBN: 9788073086688
Pub Date: 14 Dec 2016
Illustrations: Colour and b/w illus.
Description:
27 authors-friends of Anthony Spalinger contributed to the Studies in Honour of hiis 70th Feast of Thoth.
From Aswan to Khartoum Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 55
ISBN: 9788073086725
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2016
Illustrations: Colour illus.
Description:
This book is concerned with the field research carried out in the Middle Nile region by the expeditions of the Czech (former Czechoslovak) Institute of Egyptology (Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague). The field projects described include the works performed in Lower Nubia in the framework of the UNESCO-organised salvage campaign necessitated in the 1960s by the building of the Aswan High Dam and, more recently, two research projects initiated by the Institute in the Sudan following an invitation by the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums in 2009. The overview of the field projects is set into a broader context of the civilizational developments in the Middle Nile region and the history of its uncovering from the 19th century onwards.
There and Back Again - the Crossroads II Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 556
ISBN: 9788073085759
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2015
Illustrations: 197
Description:
The volume presents proceedings of the second international conference dedited to the study of relations between Egypt, the Aegean, the Levant and the Sudan in the 2nd and 1st millenia BCE.
Abusir XXIV Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9788073085421
Pub Date: 01 Apr 2015
Series: Abusir Monographs
Description:
The monograph evaluates results of the archaeological research of the area of the Fifth-Dynasty Tomb AC 26 (formerly known as Pyramid Lepsius no. 23) and Late Sixth-Dynasty Tombs AC 32 carried out by the Czech Institute of Egyptology during three archaeological seasons from 2006 until 2009. The publication focuses on archaeological contexts dated to the Old Kingdom.
Abusir XXIII Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 247
ISBN: 9788073085445
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2015
Description:
This publication is the latest monographic outcome of a long-term project of survey and research of the archaeological site of Abusir, focusing on a particular set of cemeteries located at Abusir South. The present volume of the Abusir series concentrates on the mastaba of Neferinpu (AS 37). It aims to present primary data and their basic analysis and interpretation acquired during the tomb examination by the Czech Institute of Egyptology during two subsequent seasons of 2006 and 2007 and followed by some minor campaigns in 2012 and 2013 and a specific analytical campaign in September 2014 carried out by the Japanese team from Tokyo University of Science.
Sons of the Sun Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9788073085414
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2015
Description:
Result of archaeological Research at Abusir, V.th Dynasty

Abusir and Saqqara in the year 2010

Volume 2
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9788073083854
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2013
Description:
The Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague has since the start of the third millennium established the tradition of organising on a regular basis a platform for scholars, active in the pyramid fields and the cemeteries of the Abusir-Saqqara-Dahshur region, to meet, exchange information and establish further cooperation. The present two part volume, containing 51 contributions in total, is the result of the already third "Abusir and Saqqara" conference held in late May and early June 2010.
Bahriya Oasis Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 314
ISBN: 9788073084578
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2013
Illustrations: 8 pages of colour plates
Description:
Through its 14 chapters, this book presents the outcomes of the recent exploration of Bahriya, an Egyptian oasis located in the Western Desert about 350 km south-west of Cairo. Part I of the volume is devoted to the southern part of the Oasis (also known as El-Hayz) and the exploration carried out there by the team led by the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Charles University in Prague.Part II concentrates on the northern part of the same oasis bringing forth the results of scholarly research by the French team led by Université de Strasbourg.
Diachronic Trends in Ancient Egyptian History Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 221
ISBN: 9788073084448
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2013
Description:
The book includes contributions of the following authors: Hartwig Altenmüller, Ladislav Bareš, Miroslav Bárta, Andreas Effland, Martin Fitzenreiter, Hans Goedicke, Peter Jánosi, Dieter Kurth, Christian Loeben, Juan Carlos Moreno García, Jana Mynářová, Anthony Spalinger, Miroslav Verner, Hana Vymazalová, Wolfgang Waitkus.

Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010

Volume 1
Format: Hardback
Pages: 904
ISBN: 9788073083847
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2012
Description:
The Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague has since the start of the third millennium established the tradition of organising on a regular basis a platform for scholars, active in the pyramid fields and the cemeteries of the Abusir-Saqqara-Dahshur region, to meet, exchange information and establish further cooperation. The present two part volume, containing 51 contributions in total, is the result of the already third "Abusir and Saqqara" conference held in late May and early June 2010. The volume reflects the widespread, often multidisciplinary interest of many researchers into a wide variety of different topics related to the region of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur.
In Hathor's Image I Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 405
ISBN: 9788073083816
Pub Date: 30 May 2012
Illustrations: 122 b/w illus
Description:
This study of individual Egyptian queens is based on an earlier study, The Wives of the Egyptian Kings, Dynasties I-XVII, which was a doctoral dissertation ny this author presented at Macquaire University in 1992. This book differs from the first in many ways because we now understand much more abou these royal women.
Abusir XXV Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9788073083809
Pub Date: 30 Mar 2012
Description:
The tomb published in this volume is the third large Late Period shaft tomb that has been excavated in the south-western part of the Abusir cemetery. It belongs to Menekhibnekau, who held a number of important titles (among the "General", "Overseer of Libyans", "Overseer of the kbnwt-vessels", etc) under Ahmose II and may have lived until the beginning of Dynasty 27. Although his tomb had been robbed, a number of important and interesting pieces from his burial equipment, including a seal of the necropolis and a faience menit with the name of Ahmose II, have been found in his burial chamber.
Journey to the West Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
ISBN: 9788073083830
Pub Date: 30 Mar 2012
Description:
This book is intended as a commented summary of some of the major trends and most important features that can be encountered when analysing ancient Egyptian society of the Old Kingdom. We have to bear in mind that around 3000 BCE one of the first centralised states in our recorded history rose, and the Old Kingdom represents certainly one of its apogees. Moreover, there is hardly any comparable society that left behind such a wealth of archaeological and literary evidence, a welcome companion for our journey back in time.