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.
Tomb of Unisankh at Saqqara and Chicago Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9788070362563
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2009
Description:
Unisankh's tomb was built within the so-called Unis Cemetery-North West, set between the funerary complexes of Netjerykhet and Unis in Central Saqqara. Together with two adjoining tombs of the viziers Ihy and Iynefert, it forms the core of the so-called Line A. The Tomb of Unisankh was discovered and excavated by James E.
Abusir XVI Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9788073082550
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2009
Description:
The sixteenth volume in the Abusir series contains the publication of the blocks with relief decoration found by the Supreme Council of Antiquities along the causeway of the pyramid complex of Fifth Dynasty ruler Sahure in Abusir. The first part of the volume provides an introduction and overview of the development of the Old Kingdom royal mortuary complexes, with specific attention to the royal relief programme and the causeways of these complexes. The second part of the book consists of a detailed study of the newly discovered reliefs, which include, for instance, some scenes of Sahure's royal fleet, the rewarding of members of the expedition to Punt, military exercises and training of nautical crews, processions with funerary furniture and the pyramidion and members of the family of Sahure.
Abusir XIII Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9788087025215
Pub Date: 10 Nov 2009
Series: Excavations of the Czech Institute of Egyptology
Illustrations: many illus and b/w photos, 43 col pls
Description:
The current volume is the first of the three planned publications dedicated to the complex of the vizier Qar and his sons, dating to the Sixth Dynasty, reign of Teti - Pepy II. It comprises a full record of the tombs of the vizier Qar, Qar Junior, Senedjemib and Tjenti accompanied by chapters on the geology and geophysical survey of Abusir South, faunal and floral remains from the tombs, and anthropological evaluation of the human remains. The second volume will contain the full publication of the tomb complex of Inti with chapters on faunal remains, and restoration methods applied in individual tombs belonging to the family.
Chronology and Archaeology in Ancient Egypt Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 265
ISBN: 9788073082451
Pub Date: 10 Nov 2009
Description:
The nineteen contributions to this volume approach the subject of Egyptian chronology of the Third Millennium BC from different perspectives: some of them concern the use of modern methods (14C) and natural sciences in Egyptology; others analyze the development of various aspects of the Egyptian culture during the whole period of the Old Kingdom and the First Intermediate Period, or try to specify the date of certain monuments and personalities. A study and interpretation of archaeological as well as textual sources and iconographical material is combined in the papers in order to attain a deeper knowledge and better understanding of the Egyptian chronology, archaeology and history of the Third Millennium BC. Contributions by: Hartwig Altenmueller, Tarek El Awady, Miroslav Bárta, Ale Bezdek, Vivienne Gae Callender, Andrzej Cwiek, Michael Dee, Mohamed Ismail Khaled, Jaromír Krejcí, Juan Carlos Moreno García, John S.
Abusir XVII Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 401
ISBN: 9788073082383
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2008
Description:
The first volume includes the description of the archaeological situation and finds from the main burial chamber and the place of funerary cult in front of the eastern enclosure wall of the tomb (L. Bare), including the subsidiary burial chambers (K. Smoláriková).
Egypt and Austria IV Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
ISBN: 9788086277615
Pub Date: 14 Nov 2008
Description:
This is the fourth volume of proceedings of the workgroup Egypt and Austria, which has recently developed into Egypt and Central Europe. The volume includes contributions on Austrian migrations to Egypt and vice versa, on the political as well as economic relations within the Eastern Mediterranean during the 19th century and there is also a special section devoted to the intercultural (mis-)representations in arts. Two articles remind us of the activities and literary work of Alois Musil, the antipode of Lawrence of Arabia.
The Visitors' Graffiti of Dynasties XVIII and XIX in Abusir and Saqqara Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9788086277585
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2008
Illustrations: col and b/w illus t/out, CD
Description:
This is the first volume of an intended series on visitors' graffiti. It deals with the visitors' graffiti from Abusir (monuments of the 5th Dynasty) and Northern Saqqara (the pyramid complex of Djoser). It contains a catalogue of graffiti, and interpretative essays on the authors, contents and possible meaning of these often quoted, but underestimated texts.
Saite Forts in Egypt Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 139
ISBN: 9788073082338
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2008
Description:
The policy and military strategy of the Saites - the men who stayed behind during the re-unification of Egypt, after the period of disorder and unrest of the Third Intermediate Period is analyzed by the author in the first half of the book. The stress is put however, on the forts and various smaller types of fortifications: citadels, watchtowers, strongpoints, etc., which created the backbone of Egyptian defense system in the threatened parts of the country.
Abusir XII Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 284
ISBN: 9788073081812
Pub Date: 22 Jan 2008
Illustrations: b/w and col illus
Description:
This monograph presents a report on the results of the archaeological excavations of the Czech Institute of Egyptology undertaken from 1987 until 2004 and held in the area of the Abusir minor tombs clustered around the tombs of the 5th Dynasty kings. The first chapter is devoted to the excavation and description of the mastaba of Nebtyemneferes, a rather enigmatic identity probably a princess who was buried among the tombs of the members of the royal family in the southern part of the Abusir pyramid necropolis. The tomb includes common features of Abusir tombs of the period.
Abusir Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9788070361719
Pub Date: 06 Oct 2007
Illustrations: b/w and col illus, col pls, maps
Description:
This is the catalogue of the exhibition Abusir , held at the Náprstek Museum in 2005. The catalogue presents for the first time a complex overview of the archaeological work and its results at Abusir, showing the activities of Czech and German archaeological teams. The site offers a unique insight into several millennia of Egyptian history.
Abusir XIV Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9788073081300
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2007
Illustrations: 4 col plates, many b/w illustrations, searchable CD-ROM
Description:
In the course of the exploration of the funerary temple of King Neferre, the expedition of the Czech Institute of Egyptology discovered about 2000 fragments of faience inlays and tablets of Egyptian blue bearing texts and scenes in relief. The present volume contains the full description, analysis and interpretation of this unique find. The evidence, analysed by the author in archaeological and historical context, suggests that the inlays (and probably also the tablets of Egyptian blue) had once decorated wooden shrines containing the statues of the king, and the functional analysis of their motifs indicates that the inlays and tablets in all likelihood formed a substitute of the relief decoration that was missing in the temple of Neferre.
Egypt and Austria II Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9788086277523
Pub Date: 18 Dec 2006
Illustrations: b/w illus, b/w and col pls
Description:
This is the second collection of proceedings from the workshop of the Austrian and Czech Egyptologists and historians. The contributions are connected by the theme of Egyptomania, and the use of Ancient Egypt as an inspirational source to modern art.
Abusir XI Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 120
ISBN: 9788020017284
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2006
Illustrations: b/w and col illus, maps, plans
Description:
The results of the long-lasting archaeological exploration of the mastaba of Ptahshepses, one of the largest nonroyal Old Kingdom tombs, will be published in this volume. The book will deal primarily with the survey of the complex architecture of this funerary monument, paying attention to all important features of this in many respects unique building. The aspects of its architectural development will be described and analysed in the context of the development of both royal and nonroyal mortuary architecture of the second half of the Egyptian Old Kingdom.
Abusir IX Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9788020013576
Pub Date: 12 Oct 2006
Illustrations: 800 line drawings, many maps and plates
Description:
The main archaeological results of the excavation of the pyramid complex of Neferre in Abusir are published in this report. This volume deals primarily with the archaeological examination of the monuments of the complex. Chapters on the structural analysis of Neferre's mortuary temple, the chronology of the complex and the shape and meaning of the pyramid in the Old Kingdom complement the archaeology.
Egypt Travel Sketches from the Orient (Karl Ludwig Libay) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9788086277509
Pub Date: 20 Sep 2006
Illustrations: 95 col pls
Description:
This is a modern edition of a richly illustrated travelogue of Austrian painter, Karl L Libay. He visited Egypt in the 1850s and there completed a remarkable set of aquarel paintings, later transposed into lithographs. The lithographs are accompanied with a text by a prominent Austrian scholar of that time, Alfred von Kremer, later the Austrian deputy in the powers' committee governing the Egyptian state debt in the late 1870s.
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 262
ISBN: 9788086277363
Pub Date: 26 Apr 2005
Illustrations: 200 b/w figs, with CD
Description:
This textbook introduces the reader to the spoken language of Egypt. It is designed to lead the reader on a journey through Egypt, with each chapter introducing new situations, and provides an introduction to many aspects of modern Egyptian culture and life. Beginning with your arrival in the country, each chapter offers the reader examples of everyday phrasal usage and thorough explanations of Arabic grammar.