Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr.

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Miroslav Bárta graduated in Egyptology and Prehistoric and Early Historic Archaeology at Charles University in Prague. Ph.D. studies in Prague and Hamburg. In 2002 habilitation in Egyptology and since 2009 professor of Egyptology. Main fields of research: archeology and history of the third and sekond millenia B.C., landscape archeology in antiquity, rise and fall of complex societies, interdisciplinary research, archaeological background of the Old Testament. Since 1991 excavating in Egypt, 2003-2008 research of the Western Desert, since 2009 working also in Sudan. In 2002 led the first detailed satelite mapping of the pyramid fields of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur. 2003-2004 teaching at UPenn, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Career:

1994 graduation in Egyptology & Archaeology;
1997 PhD. dissertation in Egyptology;
since 1993 full time member of the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague and Cairo;
2000-2004 deputy director of the Czech National Centre for Egyptology;
2002 habilitation in Egyptology;
since 2003 tenure track position as Associate Prof. in Egyptology, Charles University, Prague;
since 2005 principle coordinator for research and scientific program of the ‘Civilization of Ancient Egypt’ project of the Institute (MŠM grant No. 0021620826

Scholarships and awards:

2003-2004 Fulbright Professor of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia;
2001 The A. W. Mellon Fellowship at the American Archaeological Institute, Jerusalem (Project ‘The Interactions of Egypt, Sinai and Southern Palestine During the Late Old and the Middle Kingdom (EB IV – MB IIA)’),

2000 Michela Schiff Giorgini prize;
2001 fellowship of the Albright Institute, Jerusalem (The Albright Institute, A. W. Mellon fellow);
2003–2004 Fulbrigh fellowship, Philadelphia, PA, USA;
2006 Michela Schiff Giorgini prize;
2008 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung prize, Freie Universität, Berlin.

Selected bibliography:

  • M. Bárta, Swimmers in the Sand. On the neolithic origins of ancient Egyptian mythology and symbolism, Prague: Dryada 2010 ;
  • M. Bárta et al., Ostrovy zapomění. El-Héz a české výzkumy v egyptské Západní poušti, Prague: Dokořán 2009;
  • M. Bárta, Život a smrt ve stínu pyramid. Hrobka v době stavitelů pyramid, Prague: Paseka 2008;
  • M. Bárta et al., Abusir XIII. The Cemeteries at Abusir South 2. The Tomb Complex of the Vizier Qar and His Family 1, Prague: Dryada 2008;
  • M. Bárta, Vl. Brůna, Satellite Atlas of the pyramid fields of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur, Prague: Dryada, 2006;
  • M. Bárta, P. Pokorný, eds., Něco překrásného se končí: kolapsy složitých soustav – příčiny, průběh, následky, Dokořán: Prague 2008;
  • H. Vymazalová, M. Bárta, eds., Chronology and Archaeology in Ancient Egypt (The Third Millennium B.C.). Proceedings of the Conference Held in Prague (June 11-14, 2007), Praha 2008;

Complete bibliography can be found here.

Updated 20.4.2010

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