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  Bibliography of the reviews of publications in the years 2008 – 2013

Cross2 Jana Mynářová – Pavel Onderka – Peter Pavúk (eds.)
There and Back Again – the Crossroads II.
Proceedings of an International Conference Held in Prague, September 15–18, 2014
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2015

The volume brings the proceedings of the second international conference entitled There and Back Again – the Crossroads II, dedicated to the study of relations between Egypt, the Aegean, the Levant, and the Sudan in the second and first millennia BCE. The conference took place September 15–18, 2014 at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The present volume contains 24 studies divided into four sections – Methods and Technologies, Egypt and the Aegean – the Iconography, Problems of the 2nd millennium BCE and Problems of the 1st millennium BCE.

Krejci_Mastaba-of-Werkaure I Jaromír Krejčí – Katarína Arias Kytnarová – Hana Vymazalová – Adéla Pokorná – Jaromír Beneš
Abusir XXIV. Mastaba of Werkaure. Vol. 1: Tombs AC 26 and AC 32 – Old Kingdom Strata
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2014

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. Tomb AC 26 is located next to the pyramid complex of Queen Khentkaus II – in the centre of the royal necropolis – it thus demonstrates an important position of its tomb owner. It is also one of the most devastated monuments in the Abusir royal necropolis. This fact made the field work and the evaluation of its results rather difficult. Regardless of its large-scaled destruction it was possible to ascribe Tomb AC 26 to “the Eldest son of the King”, Werkaure. Individual chapters of the book deal with the description and evaluation of the architecture of the tombs, finds datable to the Old Kingdom, a large collection of pottery, masons’ inscriptions and signs, archaeobotanical analyses of macroremains from mud bricks and conclusions – concerning especially dating of the Tombs AC 26 and AC 32. Format: 304 pages, 24 pages of full-colour plates, A4, hardback.

Verner_Sons-of-the-Sun Miroslav Verner
Sons of the Sun. Rise and Decline of the Fifth Dynasty
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2014

The monograph deals with the so far unclear decline of the 4th and the legend-clouded rise of the new royal family in the Fifth Dynasty, the reign of individual kings of the dynasty and their efforts to cope with the growing power of the bureaucracy and develop principal state institutions, royal mortuary cults, etc.

Barta_Abusir-XXIII Miroslav Bárta et al.
The tomb of the sun priest Neferinpu (AS 37)
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2014

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. The mastaba was built by a sun priest and official Neferinpu who reached the peak of his career during the reign of Nyuserra and Djedkara.

Dospel_Bahariya-Oasis Marek Dospěl – Lenka Suková (eds.)
Bahriya Oasis. Recent Research into the Past of an Egyptian Oasis
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2013

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. Complementing the two parts is Part III with the final chapter which deals with water-management in the Western Desert as a whole. Containing chapters written by archaeologists, Egyptologists, philologists and natural scientists, this richly illustrated book attempts at providing as comprehensive picture of the past of the Bahriya Oasis as can be drawn from the hitherto research, encompassing a wide range of aspects from settlement history and environment to material culture and written evidence.

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Barta_Diachronic-Trends Miroslav Bárta – Hella Küllmer (eds.)
Diachronic trends in Ancient Egyptian History. Studies dedicated to the memory of Eva Pardey
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts 2013

Studies dedicated to the memory of Eva Pardey. 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.

Callender_In-Hathors-Image Vivienne Gae Callender
In Hathor’s Image I. The Wives and Mothers of Egyptian Kings from Dynasties I-VI
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2012

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. xviii, 405 pages, 122 b/w illustrations.

Barta_Journey Miroslav Bárta
Journey to the West. The world of the Old Kingdom tombs
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2012

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. The goal for writing this book was to outline general trends in the history of the non-royal tomb development of the period. The reason is rather simple and straightforward: ancient Egyptians considered the tomb to be their afterlife residence for eternity. In the afterlife they replicated the life they experienced during the lifetime. Thus the tomb architecture, decoration, inscriptions and equipment paradoxically represent a major tool for our understanding of the everyday life of the ancient Egyptians and enable a better comprehension of the development and dynamics of the Old Kingdom. The book is divided into nine chapters covering, step by step, the development of the Egyptian tomb and society from the Predynastic Period to the end of the first six Egyptian dynasties, a lengthy period of time which covers the Early Dynastic and the Old Kingdom periods. These six chapters are accompanied by three additional chapters on religious aspects of the Old Kingdom society, its economy and environment. 342 pages.

Reviews:

– Nigel Strudwick, Egyptian Archaeology 42, 2013

Landgrafova_It-is-my-good-name Renata Landgráfová (with a contribution by Hana Navrátilová)
It is My Good Name That You Should Remember. Egyptian Biographical texts on Middle Kingdom Stelae
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The volume represents the first part of a planned two-volume series. It presents biographical texts from stelae of Dynasties 11-12 in hieroglyphs, transliteration and translation. The texts are arranged by dynasty, and within the two dynasties by provenance. The second volume will contain biographical texts on tomb walls and rocks, as well as detailed commentaries to texts presented in both volumes.

Vymazalova_Abusir_XXII Hana Vymazalová (with contributions by Katarína Arias Kytnarová, Jaromír Beneš, Aleš Bezděk, Helena Březinová, Adéla Pokorná, Zdeňka Sůvová, Hana Šuláková, Ladislav Varadzin, Pavla Zedníková Malá)
Abusir XXII. The Tomb of Kaiemtjenenet (AS 38) and the surrounding structures (AS 57-60)
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The volume is dedicated to several small tombs built of mud-bricks, which are located to the east of the mastaba of vizier Qar and west of the mastaba of Neferinpu in Abusir South. The tomb of Kaiemtjenenet dates to the late Fifth Dynasty, and both earlier and later structures were identified not only around it but also underneath. In addition, several Sixth Dynasty structures were constructed to the east and north-east of the tomb. The volume presents the archaeological report, including the analysis of the pottery finds, anthropological material, and organic finds.

Sukova_Rock-Paintings Lenka Suková
The Rock Paintings of Lower Nubia (Czechoslovak Concession)
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The monograph is the first exhaustive publication of nine shelters with rock paintings documented by the Czechoslovak expedition in Lower Nubia in the scope of the UNESCO-organised salvage campaign. The presentation of each of the painted shelters includes description of the landscape setting and physical characteristics of the rock surfaces, analyses of the thematic, stylistic, syntactic, and technical aspects of the rock art, discussion of the spatial and temporal dynamics of the rock-art surface, and evaluation of the significance of the evidence. The final chapter offers some thoughts on the overall significance of the rock paintings from the Czechoslovak concession as one of the artistic and cultural expressions of the populations that inhabited Lower Nubia in different periods of the past and as historical documents about their past worlds and lives. Part of the book is a large-format (70 × 100 cm) colour plate with a reconstruction of one of the most exquisite occurrences of rock paintings in Lower Nubia, the so-called “Painted Shelter at Korosko”.

Callender_Times-signs-pyramids Vivienne Gae Callender – Ladislav Bareš – Miroslav Bárta (eds.)
Times, Signs and Pyramids. Studies in Honour of Miroslav Verner on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

A collection of articles in honour of Miroslav Verner.

Dobrev_Old_Paleo Hana Vymazalová – Vassil Dobrev – Miroslav Verner
Old Hieratic Palaeography I. The Builders‘ Inscriptions and Mason’s Marks from Saqqara and Abusir
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

More than a century after the publication of the first volume of the pioneer work by G. Möller, the authors have studied in detail a hitherto largely neglected group of sources – builders‘ inscriptions and masons‘ marks. The first volume of a planned series of Old Kingdom Hieratic Paleography thus represents a unique tool for work with these types of inscriptions, and an important broadening of our knowledge of the ancient Egyptian script. 73 pages.

Reviews:

– Gloria Rosati, Orientalia 82/1, 2013, s. 11–12

Sukova_Rock-art Lenka Suková
The Rock Art of Lower Nubia (Czechoslovak Concession)
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The present publication is concerned with the rock art from two sections of the Nile Valley in Lower Nubia surveyed in the scope of the UNESCO-organised salvage campaign by the Czechoslovak Institute of Egyptology (Charles University in Prague). It has two main objects, first to complete the catalogue of the rock art documented or localised in the two sections of the Czechoslovak concession with hitherto unpublished rock-art surfaces and occurrences (both petroglyphs and rock paintings) and, second, to provide a critical revision of the data published in Katalog der Felsbilder aus der Tschechoslowakischen Konzession in Nubien (edited by F. Váhala and P. Červíček, Prag 1999). With the two objects accomplished, the present publication constitutes a kind of manual to the rock-art corpus from the Czechoslovak concession in Lower Nubia and is to be regarded, together with Katalog, as the complete and authoritative source of data for evaluation of the significance of the evidence from the two sections of the Nile Valley in Lower Nubia. The textual part is accompanied by hitherto unpublished distribution maps of the corpus, 155 hitherto unpublished black-and-white photographs, and four colour plates with the sheets of the colour scale used for the recording of patina difference or colour value of preserved paints.

Reviews:

– Wouter Claes, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXXIII/1-2 (2016), 107-108

Spalinger_Icons Anthony Spalinger
Icons of Power. A strategy of reinterpretation
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

A discussion of the concept of alterity and icons in the Egyptian New Kingdom war reliefs. Also covered is the concept of drama, and how it is present in these narrative representations. 228 pages.

Vymazalova_Echoes_EN Hana Vymazalová – Mohamed Megahed – František Ondráš (eds.)
Ancient Echoes in the Culture of Modern Egypt
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The book presents selected aspects of the legacy that ancient Egypt left on the culture of Coptic, Islamic and modern Egypt. Ancient origin can be traced in numerous different sources and thus the papers in the volume approach the subject from different perspectives. Many connections can be found in the Egyptian traditions in general, as well as in certain specific practices. Inspiration by the ancient times is also very apparent in literature and art. Format B5, 244 pages, paperback. Text in English and Arabic.

Verner_Poklady Miroslav Verner (ed.)
Poklady z písku. České objevování civilizace na Nilu / Treasures from the Sand. Czech Discovering of the Civilization on the Nile
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

In the course of more than half a century of ongoing Czech egyptological explorations in Egypt a number of new epigraphic and archaeological sources were discovered, among which are artifacts belonging to the highlights of ancient Egyptian art and crafts. These artifacts are presented in the book Treasures from the Sand. Note: Book in Czech.

Landgrafova_Letters Renata Landgráfová – Hana Navrátilová (eds.)
Srdečné pozdravy ze země na Nilu. Korespondence starých Egypťanů / Greetings from the Land onthe Nile. Ancient Egyptian Correspondence
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The book contains commented translations and accompanying studies of letters from the entire ancient Egyptian history, from the beginnings of Egyptian correspondence in the Old Kingdom to the last examples from the Byzantine Period. It thus covers almost 3000 years of ancient Egyptian correspondence and as such is unique not just in the Czech environment, but also internationally. The volume also contains chapters on international correspondence and on copies of letters in monumental form. Format: A5, hardback; in Czech.

Bares_Menechibnekau Ladislav Bareš – Květa Smoláriková
The shaft tomb of Menekhibnekau. Vol. I: Archaeology
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The first volume includes the description of the archaeological situation and finds from the main burial chamber and the subsidiary shafts(L. Bareš), including the embalmer’s deposit found in a separate shaft (K. Smoláriková). Separate chapters deal, among others, with the pottery (K. Smoláriková), the person of Iufaa and his family (L. Bareš), as well as with the texts from the embalmer’s deposit (R. Landgráfová and J. Janák), Phoenician and Aramaic inscriptions on a Phoenician storage jar (J. Dušek and J. Mynářová) and xylotomic analysis of wooden objects from the embalmer’s deposit (J. Beneš). The second volume is currently in preparation and will be dedicated to the texts and decoration on the walls of the burial chamber and sarcophagi of Menekhibnekau. Format: A4, hardback.

Barta_Abusir-Saqqara-2010 Miroslav Bárta – Filip Coppens – Jaromír Krejčí (eds.)
Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010 (2 volumes)
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

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. The focus of the majority of the articles is on these cemeteries of the Memphite region at the time of the Old Kingdom, but not a single period is left untouched. A number of articles also move outside the core region, studying material and developments elsewhere in Egypt, but always against the background of the Memphite necropolis. In English, German and French. Format: Hardback B5, 904 pages and 45 colour plates.

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Krejci_Egypt-v-Dobe-stavitelu Jaromír Krejčí
Egypt during the time of the pyramid builders
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

Pyramids are icons of ancient Egypt. To create them, a combination of natural conditions in the Nile valley and the functioning of a strictly hierarchical society was needed. On the top of this society there was the ruler – the only living god on earth. This publication presents and describes – in the form of a mosaic – pyramid complexes, tombs and temples as well as the life and socio-cultural development of ancient Egyptian society, the sovereign status, religious ideas, and life of high dignitaries as well as that of ordinary people. Attention is also given to the natural environment and its influence on the Nile civilization. More than 4000 years which have passed since the period of pyramid builders represent a very difficult gap to overcome. Generations of Egyptologists, to whom the author of this book belongs, keep endeavouring to do it. Thus, curious readers can be at least partially satisfied.Format: 344 pages, ISBN 978-80-7308-368-1, text in Czech.

Mynarova_Crossroads Jana Mynářová (ed.)
Egypt and the Near East. The Crossroads
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

The present volume presents the proceedings from the international workshop entitled Egypt and the Near East – the Crossroads, dedicated to the study of the relations between the two regions. The symposium took place from September 1–3, 2010 at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance our understanding of the historical processes and the development of the abundant and complex relations between Egypt and the Near East during the period defined by the end of the Chalcolithic Period and the dawn of the Iron Age. In light of this, special attention was given to the region of Syria-Palestine. In order to obtain a well-balanced insight, the subject was discussed both from an archaeological and from a philological point of view. The volume contains fourteen papers, all of them closely related with the topic of the workshop with seven papers based on the study of material culture and archaeological data, and seven papers devoted to the study of written sources. The first group (archaeology and material culture) contains studies devoted to the Egyptian statuary from Qatna (A. Ahrens), to material from a grown settlement of the late Middle Kingdom at Tell el-Dabca (B. Bader), an overview of results of recent excavations at Tell Tweini (J. Bretschneider / A.-S. Van Vyve / G. Jans) and Tell el-Farkha (M. Czarnowicz), a study of the predynastic Egyptian influence in the Jordanian site of Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan (F. Klimscha); an essay on religious symbolism in the Southern Levant in the Bronze Age according to iconography (F. Lippke) and finally, an analysis of the Levantine combed ware from Heit el-Ghurab (A. Wodzińska / M. Ownby). As for the second group of texts (written evidence) the volume contains the following papers: a reappraisal of the tale of Wenamun in the context of Ancient Near Eastern law (Ch. Brinker), a revision of the chronology of the Amarna letters sent by Aziru, the ruler of Amurru (Cordani); a detailed revision of relations between Egypt and Ḫatti set into the context of Ancient Near Eastern chronology (E. Devecchi / J. Miller), a linguistic analysis of the terminology used to refer to the king in Egyptian and Hittite texts from Ramesside period (J. Mynářová); a study of historical topography concerning the location of the toponym Qode (Z. Simon); a reconstruction of the translation processes in the production and reception of the Amarna letters (H. Tarawneh) and finally, an analysis of the relations between Egypt, Kush and Assyria before the battle of Eltekeh (S. Zamazalová). Format: 272 x 210 mm, 350 pages, hardcover, in English.

Vymazalova_Moudrost-Thovt Hana Vymazalová – Filip Coppens
Moudrost svitků boha Thovta. Vědecké poznání za vlády faraonů / The Wisdom of the Scrolls of Thoth. Scientific Knowledge in the Reign of the Pharaohs
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2011

Ancient Egyptian science developed under the patronage of the god of wisdom and writing Thoth from very early on. Scribes, priests and administrative staff composed scientific texts that helped them to fulfil their duties and preserve their knowledge for the following generations. Today only a few of these texts are known, as most of the documents written by ancient Egyptian scholars have not withstood the test of time. The present volume focuses on three specific branches of ancient Egyptian scientific knowledge: mathematics, medicine and astronomy. The book at hand not only deals with the preserved documents, but aims concomitantly to indicate and illustrate the practical use and importance of these sciences for Egyptian society. In contrast to today’s understanding of science, scientific knowledge represented in ancient Egypt a means, not a goal in its own right. It was a tool of the administrators and priests who participated in managing the country and its resources in the name of pharaoh. In essence, Egyptian scientific knowledge had a single goal: to preserve the life created by the gods and the cosmic order. Mathematics allowed for precise planning and organisation, astronomy was a means to control both space and time, while medicine preserved life itself. The great respect in which ancient scholars and authors held Egyptian scientific knowledge is apparent from the fact that they still turned to Egyptian culture for inspiration several millennia later.Format: A5, 352 pages, hardcover, in Czech.

Krejci_Abusir_XVIII Jaromír Krejčí (with a contribution of Václav Cílek, Jiří Novák, Jindřich Hladil and Miloš Lang)
Abusir XVIII. The Royal Necropolis in Abusir
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Prague 2010

The book is divided into sixteen chapters dealing – in a diachronic perspective – with a wide range of problems concerning the development of the royal pyramid necropolis at Abusir. The introductory sections discuss the history of research of the necropolis, the conditions for its formation, the geomorphological situation in the area, the building materials and technologies used and the historical development of the Egyptian state in the late Fourth Dynasty and the beginning of the Fifth Dynasty. The largest part of the book (chapters 8–15) is devoted to the development of the necropolis from the Archaic period until the end of the Old Kingdom. The individual chapters present and discuss buildings – particularly royal pyramid complexes – which originated during the reign of individual rulers. Attention is also paid to the sun temples and, of course, to the tombs of the royal family members and to the cemeteries of dignitaries, which were founded around the royal complexes. The final chapter summarizes the results of the research. This publication is complemented by many illustrations, which also include three-dimensional computer reconstructions of buildings which arose during the discussed period at the royal burial necropolis. Format: 223 pages, A4, hardback. Text of the book is in English.

Reviews:

– Michael Haase, Sokar 26/14, 2013, s. 97

Barta_hetepi Miroslav Bárta – Filip Coppens – Hana Vymazalová et al.
Abusir XIX. Tomb of Hetepi (AS 20), Tombs AS 33-35 and AS 50-53
Charles University in Prague, Prague 2010

The tombs published in this volume of the Abusir series have been excavated during several seasons at Abusir South. The eight tombs are located in the easternmost sector of Abusir South, on the slopes (tombs AS 20 and AS 33) and at the bottom (tombs AS 34-35, 50-53) of a large but low hill, to the north of the so-called Wadi Abusiri. They do not form a single cemetery; rather, they represent different groups of sacral structures that illustrate very well the diachronic development of the Abusir South necropolis during the Old Kingdom and the Late Period-Ptolemaic era. Most if not all of the structures document in a new way important archaeological and historical themes, such as the origin and development of the false door tradition; early administration (tomb AS 20); unique building development of early Old Kingdom tombs (AS 20 and 33); the late Old Kingdom sociology of family cemeteries (tombs AS 34-35 and 50-53) and the appearance of new Late Period animal cemeteries (tombs AS 33, 34-35 and 50-53). Format: A4, 422 pages, many b/w photos and plans, hardcover.

Reviews:

– Katja Weiß, Die Welt des Orients 42/2 (2012), 261–266.
– Michel Valloggia, Bibliotheca Orietalis LXIX/1-2 (2012), 65–67

Oerter_Ägyptologie Wolf B. Oerter
Die Ägyptologie an den Prager Universitäten 1882-1945. Gesammelte Aufsätze und Vorträge
Charles University in Prague, Praha 2010

Intensive Recherchen in Universitäts- und Akademiearchiven, insbesondere im Bestand der einstigen Deutschen Universität zu Prag, brachten eine Fülle neuen Materials, neuer Einsichten und ungeahnter Zusammenhänge zutage. Sie zeigen uns die Anfänge der Ägyptologie in der Tschechischen Republik in einem völlig neuen Bild als einer Ägyptologie, die sich zunächst als böhmische artikulierte und erst später als tschechische konstituierte. Die hier von ihrem Autor, Ägyptologe und Koptologe, erstmals zusammengefassten und auf den neuesten Erkenntnisstand gebrachten Studien zur Geschichte der Ägyptologie an den Prager Universitäten aus den Jahren 1984-2007 sind zugleich ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Karlsuniversität Prag.

Reviews:

– J. Pešek, ČČH 109, 2011, s. 604–605
– M. Ďurčanský, Dějiny vědy a techniky 2011/3, s. 207–208
– R. Dostálová, Listy filologické 3–4/135, 2012, s. 457–458
– M. Kunštát, Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Studia territorialia 3–4/XII, 2012, s.159–163

Bares_Egypt-in-Trans Ladislav Bareš – Filip Coppens – Květa Smoláriková (eds.)
Egypt in Transition. Social and Religious Development of Egypt in the First Millennium BCE
Charles University in Prague, Prague 2010

The first millennium BCE represents for Egypt a period of tremendous changes and developments on the political, social, economic and religious level. The millennium was shaped and characterised by a continuous interaction between Egypt as an independent political entity, with its indigenously developed social and religious system, and various political, military and cultural forces and influences introduced into the country, both through occupation and trade. Throughout the millennium one observes a conscious retrieval and interpretation of the past based on the traditions of the third and second millennium BCE in an attempt to preserve the country’s cultural identity in the face of foreign influences and occupation. As a result, new religious and social concepts developed which were incorporated in the ideological and administrative spheres of the centralised state and manifested themselves in art, architecture, language, and religion. In early September 2009, the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague hosted an international workshop dedicated specifically to social and religious developments in Egypt in the course of the first millennium BCE. The volume at hand contains twenty of the papers presented at the workshop. Format: A5, 501 pages, many b/w photographs and plans in the text, hardback.

Ruzova-Cerny Jiřina Růžová
The Scribe in the Place of Truth. The Life of the Egyptologist Jaroslav Černý
Libri, Prague 2010

In this new biography of Jaroslav Černý the author reveals Černý in a number of different lights: his most important role was one of the world’s leading Egyptologists. He became the most famous expert in hieratic texts of the New Kingdom. He was a devoted teacher, an altruistic and constant friend to Egyptologists around the world, a loving husband and father. In England he was Professor in both the University College, London, and Oxford University. In Egypt, he participated in the excavations of the French.This biography is being published on the 40th occasion of Černý’s death, in gratitutde for all his help and advice to Czech Egyptology during his lenghty stay in England. In three major areas he has benefited his country : by his many gifts to the Czech Institute Library, by his constant support and advice to Zbynĕk Žàba, the director who was struggling to keep Czech Egyptology alive in Prague, and most importandly, by advising Czech Egyptologists to begin their excavations at Abusir. Format: A5, 15, 8 p. plates. Text in Czech and in English.

strouhal_lekarstvi Eugen Strouhal – Břetislav Vachala – Hana Vymazalová
Lékařství starých Egypťanů I. Staroegyptská chirurgie. Péče o ženu a dítě
Academia, Prague 2010

The first of the three planned volumes dedicated to ancient Egyptian medicine contains complete translations of ancient Egyptian medical texts into the Czech language. This volume concentrates on surgical texts and texts dealing with gynecology, obstetrics and paediatrics. In addition to the translations, a detailed medical commentary is also provided, discussing the healing methods used by the ancient physicians. The texts are compared to cases of injuries and diseases detected on the ancient Egyptian mummies. Format B5, 239 pages, hardcover.

onderka_Unisankh Pavel Onderka
Tomb of Unisankh at Saqqara and Chicago
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2009

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. Quibell, then the chief inspector at Saqqara in 1908, for the purpose of the sale of its chapel to the Chicago museum. The Tomb built of Tura (or more precisely Maasara) limestone is an example of non-royal, large, multi-roomed mastabas belonging to the highest officials of the late Old Kingdom. 144 pages.

_My-Things Petra Maříková Vlčková – Jana Mynářová – Martin Tomášek (eds.)
My Things Changed Things. Social Development and Cultural Exchange in Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, v.v.i., Prague 2009

The volume contains 27 chapters focusing on the social developments and cultural aspects of contacts in Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages, extending into the modern era. 261 pages.

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Coppens_Abusir_XX Filip Coppens – Květa Smoláriková
Abusir XX. Lesser Late Period Tombs at Abusir. The Tomb of Padihor and the Anonymous Tomb R3
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2009

The Saite-Persian necropolis at Abusir is not only the setting for the monumental shaft tombs of dignitaries of this period, but also features a number of smaller tombs, located towards the eastern edge of the cemetery. The current study focuses on two smaller tombs – the tomb of Padihor and the anonymous tomb dubbed “R3” – whose layout and decorative program of the burial chamber provide new information on the development of the Late Period shaft tombs. Format: A4, 140 pages, paperback.

Barta_Abusir_XIII Miroslav Bárta et al.
Abusir XIII. Tomb Complex of the Vizier Qar, His Sons Qar Junior and Senedjemib, and Iykai
Dryada, Prague 2009

This is first part of publications dealing with the unique complex of the viyier Qar and his sons discovered in Abusir South between 1995-2002. Individual tombs date to the Sixth Dynasty (23rd century BC). The principal tomb belonging to vizier Qar comprised two decorated chapels in the superstructure and a burial chamber decorated as well. The tombs in the immediate vicinity belonged to his sons whose burial chambers still contained a wealth of unique items belonging to the original burial equipment. The present publication also provides a general environmental framework for the period under discussion. The following chapters may be found in the publication: 1 Introduction (M. Bárta), 2 Geology of Abusir South (C. Reeder), 3 Geophysics of Abusir South (R. Křivánek), 4 Palaeoecology of Abusir South (P. Kočár, P. Pokorný, Z. Sůvová, A. Bezděk), 5 Tomb complex of the vizier Qar (M. Bárta, with a contribution by P. Vlčková), 6 Lesser tombs of Qar’s sons: Qar Junior and Senedjemib (M. Bárta), 7 Anthropology (V. Černý, M. Kujanová), 8 Zoology (S. Ikram), 9 Conclusions (M. Bárta).

Reviews:

– Michael Haase, Sokar 20/11, 2010, 94

Barta_swimmers_EN Miroslav Bárta – Martin Frouz (photography)
Swimmers in the Sand. On the Neolithic Origins of Ancient Egyptian Mythology and Symbolism
Dryada, Prague 2010

The origins of ancient Egyptian civilisation have been attracting the attention of archaeologist ever since the beginnings of Egyptology more than 200 years ago. This book presents a new and original interpretation of the rock art in Egyptian Western Desert which is of a key importance for our understanding of the roots of ancient Egyptian civilisation. Indeed, her very origins can be most likely dated to the 6th millennium B.C. In this time and the centuries to follow the paintings in the Cave of the Swimmers known from a blockbuster English Patient and in the Cave of Beasts discovered only few years ago were created. These caves are located in a distant and hardly accessible part of Egypt, on the border of Egypt, Libya and Sudan. The rock-art preserved in these caves features several unique motifs that will become cornerstone of ancient Egyptian iconography and mythology. Among them may be named the motif of the sky goddess and the earth god, prototypic representation of an ancient chieftain in the much later pharaonic guise or the concept of cave creatures protecting the entrance to the Netherworld. During the Fifth and Fourth millennia B.C. the vast areas of Western Desert suffered from a major depredation of climate that most likely led to a gradual evacuation of the region and instigated appearance of permanent settlements in the Nile valley which led to genesis of ancient Egyptian culture. The present study aims to present a theory according to which at least some parts of the discussed rock art in the Western Desert was created by an ancient mind that later on contributed to the intellectual emergence of ancient Egyptian civilisation in the Nile valley. Distribution: Amazon. 

Landgrafova_Sex-and-Golden Renata Landgráfová – Hana Navrátilová
Sex and the Golden Goddess I. Ancient Egyptian Love Songs in Context
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

The complete collection of ancient Egyptian love songs, whose texts were first written down in the Ramesside period, is treated in the context of other period sources regarding intimacy and sexuality. The process of gendering and socialising in relation to sexuality is also introduced. The volume will also contain overview tables – ostraca or papyri, their site(s), documentation), publications, etc. Statistics or quantification of some lexical and semantic units in the songs is attempted. The volume consists of an introductory study and commented texts of the songs, grouped thematically. Format: 250 pages, b/w illus.

Bares_Abusir_XVII Ladislav Bareš – Květa Smoláriková
The shaft tomb of Iufaa. Vol. I: Archaeology
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

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. Bareš), including the subsidiary burial chambers (K. Smoláriková). Separate chapters deal, among others, with the pottery (K. Smoláriková), amulets (V. Gae Callender), analysis of anthropological finds (E. Strouhal), architectural reconstruction and restoration works (M. Balík, M. Dvořák) and the Book of the Dead from the subsidiary burial chamber of Neferibreseneb Nekau (J. Janák a R. Landgráfová). The second volume is currently in preparation and will be dedicated to the texts and decoration on the walls of the burial chamber and sarcophagi of Iufaa. Format: A4, hardback.

Smolarikova_saite-forts Květa Smoláriková
Saite forts in Egypt. Political-military history of the Saite Dynasty
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

The policy and military strategy of the Saites – the men who stayed behind 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. Format: 160 x 240 mm, paperback, 139 pages.

Krejci_Abusir_XII Jaromír Krejčí – Miroslav Verner – Vivienne Gae Callender (with contributions by Viktor Černý, Eugen Strouhal, Hana Vymazalová and Martina Žaloudková-Kujanová)
Abusir XII. Minor tombs in the Royal Necropolis I. The Mastabas of Nebtyemneferes and Nakhtsare, Pyramid Complex Lepsius no. 24 and Tomb Complex Lepsius no. 25
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

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 isdevoted 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 includescommon features of Abusir tombs of the period.The second chapter deals with research into the mastaba of Prince Nakhtsare, located to the south of Raneferef’s mortuary temple; it is the northernmost tomb in a row of tombs located on the southern border of the royal necropolis.The important position of this very destroyed tomb is also indicated by its rich burial equipment, as well as by the masons’ marks found on the masonry of the mastaba. The third chapter is devoted to the pyramid complex of an unknown queen in a tomb known as Lepsius no. 24. Because a large number of masons’ marks was present on this pyramid’s walls, and, in addition, because of the bad state of preservation of this monument, we have been able to study in an unique way the methods used by the ancient architects and builders in the construction of royal monuments in the middle of the Fifth Dynasty. A further chapter is dedicated to a most exceptional complex – the monument known to us now as Lepsius no. 25. This monument represents a double tomb whose name was written as double pyramid. Unfortunately, it is in a very desolated state of preservation, so much so that many details of its intriguing architecture as well as the burial equipments, etc., have been lost to us forever. The sixth chapter is devoted to the anthropological material discovered during the archaeological excavations of these monuments. The majority of this material is represented by remains coming from the Late Period cemeteries, which once covered this area. In addition to this fairly large group, there is one very significant study featuring the fragments of a female mummy which might have belonged to the owner of the pyramid complex Lepsius no. 24. A study of the stone vessels found in the monuments discussed in this monograph represents an Appendix. Format: A4, hardback.

Reviews:

– Michael Haase, Sokar 23/12, 2011, s. 96

Krejci_Abusir_XI Jaromír Krejčí
Abusir XI. The Architecture of the Mastaba of Ptahshepses
Czech Institute of Egyptology – Academia, Prague 2008

The text consists of six chapters dealing with the history of exploration, with the tomb owner – Vizier Ptahshepses – his social status and his role within the royal court as well as with other members of his family, with the location of the mastaba in the frames of the Abusir Royal Necropolis. The largest part of the monograph is represented by the fourth chapter, which is dedicated to the description of the individual building stages of the mastaba. Besides the description of the remaining masonry and the architectural elements, possible reconstructions of the original appearance of the mastaba’s respective parts are presented as well. The fifth chapter (Remarks on the architecture and function of the mastaba) emphasises some features of the mastaba’s architecture which are discussed in the broader context of the development of ancient Egyptian architecture during the Third Millennium B.C. This chapter also includes a discussion on the spatial and functional analysis of the mastaba. The sixth, concluding chapter, sums up the previously mentioned topics and the place of the tomb and its owner in the framework of the development of the Old Kingdom. It is also devoted to an analysis of the dating of the mastaba’s construction. Format: A4, hardback.

Reviews:

– Michael Haase, Sokar 21/11, 2010, s. 94

obalka4.qxp Hana Vymazalová – Miroslav Bárta (eds.)
Chronology and Archaeology in Ancient Egypt (The Third Millennium B.C.)
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

The nineteen contributions to this volume approach the subject of Egyptian chronology 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 the ancient history. Contributions by: Hartwig Altenmüller, Tarek El Awady, Miroslav Bárta, Aleš Bezděk, Vivienne Gae Callender, Andrzej Ćwiek, Michael Dee, Mohamed Ismail Khaled, Jaromír Krejčí, Juan Carlos Moreno García, John S. Nolan, Hratch Papazian, Patrizia Piacentini, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Joanne M. Rowland, Teodozja Rzeuska, Anthony Spalinger, Rainer Stadelmann, Miroslav Verner, Hana Vymazalová, Anna Wodzińska. Format: B5, hardback, 265 pages.

barta_a-s-2005 Miroslav Bárta – Filip Coppens – Jaromír Krejčí (eds.)
Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2005. Proceedings of the Conference Held in Prague (June 27–July 5, 2005)
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2008

The present volume is the result of the second international symposium dedicated to the necropolis of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur that took place in Prague in June–July 2005. The thirty articles include contributions by Hartwig Altenmueller, Dieter Arnold, Vassil Dobrev, Ludwig Morenz, Miroslav Verner, Christiane Ziegler and numerous other scholars. The contributions cover various aspects of the Memphite region from the Early Dynastic Period to the Roman era, but the bulk of the papers focus on the Abusir–Saqqara necropolis in the Old Kingdom. A study and interpretation of the archaeological remains and literary sources form the main themes of interest among the contributions, but the most characteristic feature of most papers is the use of a combination of archaeological, literary and iconographic material in order to attain a deeper knowledge and better understanding of the Memphite necropolis and its development over time. Format: B5 hardback, 438 pages, and 24 plates. The volume can be ordered through Megabooks (  orders@megabooks.cz) or OXBOW.

Reviews:

– A. Zivie, Bibliotheca Orientalis 5–6/LXX, 2013, 645–648

Verner_Benesovska_unearthing Miroslav Verner – Hana Benešovská
Unearthing Ancient Egypt. Fifty Years of the Czech Archaeological Exploration in Egypt
Togga – Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, Prague 2008

This richly illustrated representative publication celebrates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Czech Institute of Egyptology and presents an overview of the history and work of the Institute over the entire period of its existence.

  The partner of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Czech Institute of Egyptology is ČD CARGO, a. s.

Reviews:

– J. Malek, Bibliotheca Orientalis LXIX 5/6, 2012, s. 436–439

Verner_Pyramidy Miroslav Verner
Pyramidy
Academia, Prague 2008

The book contains a complete overview of all pyramids that have hitherto been discovered in Egypt, and deals with the period when they were built as well as with the researchers who have taken part in their exploration. The book was published first in 1996 and was translated into several languages. Since that time, many new discoveries were made and many new theories appeared, and the second Czech edition thus reflects the state of the art at the beginning of the 21st century. Text in Czech.

Verner_Objevovani-Stareho-Egypta Miroslav Verner
Objevování starého Egypta
Paseka, Prague 2008

This mongraph is dedicated to the discovering of archaeological treasures in the land of the pharaohs, to the fifty years of effort of Czech Egyptologists, archaeologists and other founders of the glory of Czech Egyptology. It looks back at the uneasy beginnings of the Czech Institute of Egyptology. Above all, however, it deals with the fifty years of Czech archaeological excavations in Egypt and the newest exploration of Czech Egyptologists in the Western Desert. Text in Czech.

vymazalova_pocty Hana Vymazalová
Counting in the Land of the Pharaohs. Mathematics of the Pyramid Builders
Dokořán, Prague 2008
Egyptian scribe Nefer teaches his sister Seshen – and all curious children – how to count. Text in Czech.
mynarova_Amarna Jana Mynářová
Language of Amarna – Language of Diplomacy. Perspectives on the Amarna Letters
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

It is a generally accepted presumption that during the Late Bronze Age the language accepted for the ‘international’ or ‘diplomatic’ written communication between the representatives or members of the particular polities within the Ancient Near East was Akkadian, or more accurately Peripheral Akkadian. Thus it is the aim of this publication to analyze the corpus of Amarna letters on the subject of diplomatic terminology and procedures. Format: B5, 288 pages, hardback.

coppens_wabet Filip Coppens
The Wabet. Tradition and Innovation in Temples of the Ptolemaic and Roman Period
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

The volume provides an in–depth study of an architectural ensemble that consists of an open court and elevated chapel, better known as the wabet, and forms an essential part of the layout of a dozen temples in Egypt of the Thirtieth Dynasty and the Ptolemaic and Roman era (e.g Philae, Edfu, Dendara, Shanhûr, and Deir Shalwît). The volume focuses on the ensemble’s location, orientation, and layout, the designations in use to refer to the complex, and the decorative scheme applied to its walls in order to gain a better insight into the activities performed in the complex and its role within the temple. The volume also takes a closer look at various plausible precursors of the complex in temples of the New Kingdom and the Late Period and examines the ensemble’s relation to the wabet as a ‘place of embalming’.Format: 245 pages, 39 illustrations (20 plans, 19 b/w photographs) and 12 tables, hardback, 19 x 25 cm.

navratilova_grafita Hana Navrátilová
The Visitors’ Graffiti of Dynasties XVIII and XIX in Abusir and Saqqara
Set Out – Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

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. This volume will offer the first complete publication of graffiti documented by B Gunn in Djoser’s complex. 300 pages, col and b/w illus t/out, CD (The Visitors’ Graffiti 1, Czech Institute of Egyptology 2008). Access to the archive material was kindly granted by the Griffith Institute.

landgrafova_pisne-zlate-bohyne Renata Landgráfová, introduction by Hana Navrátilová, poems by Jan Krejčí
Písně Zlaté bohyně. Staroegyptská milostná poezie / Songs of the Golden Goddess. Ancient Egyptian Love Poetry
Set Out – Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

This volume contains translations and commentaries of all hitherto known ancioent Egyptian love songs. Some of them, above all the songs contained in larger “collections”, were translated to several world languages and are well-known to the Egyptological public. These songs appear in the beginning of the book. Some of the other songs, that appear individually on ostraca, have hitherto received only inadequate attention or none at all, and the present volume represents the most complete collection of ancinet Egyptian love songs even in international context. The book is complemented by a CD with poems and music. Text in Czech.

  The book was published with the support of the company UNIS.

Barta_satelitni-atlas Miroslav Bárta – Vladimír Brůna
Satellite Atlas of the Pyramids
Dryáda – Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

The book Satellite Atlas of the Pyramids presents satellite images of the most famous pyramid fields of ancient Egypt of the time of the pyramid builders. For the first time it presents satellite images of tombs and cemeteries of ancient Egyptian kings to Czech and international public, using the highest resolution possible.The examined area includes, from north to south, the sun temple of Abu Ghurab and the pyramid necropoleis of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur. These sites hold the vast majority of all known pyramids of Old Kingdom kings (and include also several Middle Kingdom pyramids at Dahshur) and hundreds of tombs of high and lesser officials of their time. The publication includes also texts relating the history of the mapping of the area and reproductions of maps that were gradually created since the time of Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt at the end of the 18th century until the present.The publication contains 3 folded large-format maps printed on the largest offset machine in the world (the maps at 192 cm long); a satellite image in full resolution, Lepsuis’ map (which has never been published as a whole and the only painted original of which is located in Berlin) and de Morgan’s map (which has also never been published as a whole).

Verner_encyklopedie Miroslav Verner – Ladislav Bareš – Břetislav Vachala
Encyklopedie starověkého Egypta / Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egypt
Libri, Prague 2007

The most important Czech Egyptologists, who have for several decades taken part at yearly archaeological campaigns above all at Abusir, authored hundreds of accessible and interesting entries presenting the current level of knowledge about the unique, and despite the explorations still mysterious ancient Egyptian civilization. This is a revised edition of the book that was published in 1996, but due to its high price was practically inaccessible for the Czech public. This time, the texts is accompanied above all by line drawings and black-and-white illustrations. Text in Czech.

Holaubek_egypt-and-austria_III Johanna Holaubek – Hana Navrátilová – Wolf B. Oerter (eds.)
Egypt and Austria III. The Danube Monarchy and the Orient. Proceedings of the Prague Symposium 2006
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

This book is the published proceedings of the workshop organised by the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Egyptology, University of Vienna. Papers deal with many topics, including the presence of Europeans, especially people from the former Hapsburg monarchy, in Egypt, but also of Egyptians and people of Middle Eastern origin in Central and Eastern Europe. Special attention is paid to scholarly travel and expeditions. The history of travel in Egypt is also addressed, as well as politics, art history and cultural history. A selection of papers deal with special aspects of Egyptomania, such as the presence of Egypt in European funerary art, the impact of Egypt in Renaissance culture, or the presence of Egypt in education. Two exceptional contributions by A Lant (on sphinxes in silent cinema) and by J Janák (the Austrian ibises) bring new perspectives to our perception of relations between the West and the East.

Barta_OKAA Miroslav Bárta (ed.)
Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology. Proceedings of the conference, Prague 2004
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

During 2004 a conference dedicated to the history, art, archaeology and language of the Old Kingdom Egypt (2700 – 2200 B.C.) was organised by the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Prague. The forthcoming publication makes available a representative overview of the latest research and trends presented by more then thirty Egyptologists, most of them leading experts in their respective fields of specialisation. Published with financial support of Michela Schiff Giorgini grant.

vymazalova-matematika Hana Vymazalová
Ancient Egyptian Mathematics. Hieratic mathematical texts
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

This book deals with ancient Egyptian mathematics on the basis of preserved mathematical texts. Most of them served for teaching mathematics in the Egyptian scribal schools, and thus they offer us a glimpse not only at mathematics as such, but also on some of the methods that were used in the education of future state officials. The first part of the book contains a basic overview of the contents of the preserved texts, presents the scope of the problems solved in them and the differences between examples coming from various texts. The second part is formed by translations of hieratic mathematical texts, which include, besides the most famous Rhind mathematical papyrus also the Moscow papyrus, Kahun fragments, wooden tablets from Akhmim, the Berlin museum fragments, and the London leather roll. Text in Czech.

vlckova_Abusir-xv Petra Vlčková
Abusir XV. Stone Vessels from the Mortuary Complex of Raneferef at Abusir
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

The assemblage of stone vessels belongs to the extensive archaeological material brought to light during the excavations conducted by the Czech Institute of Egyptology in the mortuary complex of king Raneferef (5th Dynasty) at Abusir. Raneferef’s assemblage represents a unique archaeological complex where the artefacts are complemented with their recorded archaeological context (structure, site, etc). The monograph includes the analysis of the assemblage of stone vessels by its material characteristics.

landgrafova_Abusir-XIV Renata Landgráfová
Abusir XIV. Faience Inlays from the Funerary Temple of King Raneferef
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

In the course of the exploration of the funerary temple of King Raneferef, 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 Raneferef. The volume contains a separate chapter with the mineralogical analysis of several samples of both faience and Egyptian blue, studied in transmitted light using the Axiolab microscope, and on the microprobe Cameca SX 100 at the Department of geological sciences, Masaryk University Brno.

Holaubek_egypt-and-austria_II Johanna Holaubek – Wolf B. Oerter – Hana Navrátilová (eds.)
Egypt and Austria II. Proceedings of a Symposium
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

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.

Posener-Krieger_Abusir-X_raneferef Paule Posener-Kriéger – Miroslav Verner – Hana Vymazalová
Abusir X. The Pyramid Complex of Raneferef. The Papyrus Archive
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2007

This volume of the Abusir series of monographs is dedicated to the editionof the papyri found in the mortuary temple of Raneferef. The edition alsoinvolves the interpretation of the papyri and detailed relevant studies onthe chronology, place names, temple personnel, the temple economy, theaccounting terminology, and the woven materials. Besides the palaeographicplates, also appended to the volume are detailed indices, glossaries and alist of the references.

Verner_Abusir-IX Miroslav Verner et al.
Abusir IX. The Pyramid Complex of Raneferef. The Archaeology
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2006

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 Raneferef’s mortuary temple, the chronology of the complex and the shape and meaning of the pyramid in the Old Kingdom complement the archaeology. Also discussed are: the builders’marks and inscriptions, seals and sealing, jar dockets, pottery, statues, amulets and beads, faience inlays and tablets of Egyptian blue, anthropological remains of Raneferef, stone vessels, chipped lithics and micro-wear analysis of chert. There is also a chapter on the mud-brick masonry of the mortuary temple.

Dospel_Jidas-Ev Marek Dospěl
Jidášovo evangelium / The Gospel of Judas
KLP, Prague 2006

The book represents the first Czech translation of the famous Gospel of Judas and one of the very first translations of this text into a modern language. In the introduction, the author presents the history of the manuscript, its description, sketches the content of the gospel and the circumstances, under which it came into being. In the end it deals with more general papyrological problems, the importance of the desert and the current questions of Egyptological research related to manuscripts. The core of the book is the translation of the Coptic original, preceded by a note of the translator. The book contains also indices (of Greek words, personal names and toponyms) and a basic bibliography. The publication was supported by the Foundation for History of Culture in Central Europe and published by Koniasch Latin Press . Text in Czech.

_libay Dušan Magdolen – Lucie Storchová (eds.)
Egypt. Travel sketches from the Orient
Set Out, Prague 2006

Album of lithographs by Karl Ludwig Libay, accompanied with the text by Alfred von Kremer.The modern edition of a classical richly illustrated „picture travelogue“ of an Austrian painter. Karl L. Libay was a prominent vedutiste. He visited Egypt in 1850s and completed there 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. The lively scenes are in part corresponding to the contemporary vogue represented e.g. by David Roberts, but in part they have an original setting and mise-en-scéne. The text is a unique testimony to the period vision of Egypt, her history and especially her inhabitants. Some Oriental stereotypes are mixed with genuine scholarship, the text aimed in its time at a broad audience and the tendency to attract various readers makes it a fascinating reading even today. The book contains colour reproductions of the complete set of lithographs as once published in 1858, and the original German and French text by Kremer, accompanied by the English, Czech and Slovak translation (Libay was born in that part of former Hungary which is now Slovakia) and commentary. Dr. Dušan Magdolen, Egyptologist, is fellow of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Dr. Lucie Storchová, historian, is now Researcher at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences; both editors are affiliated to the research team of the Czech Institute of Egyptology.

  The book was published with the support of the company UNIS.

smolarikova_libye Květa Smoláriková
Antická Libye / Ancient Libya
FOTO-GRAFIKA, Brandýs n/L. 2006

The richly illustrated book guides the readers through all important cities of Classical Antiquity lying on the Libyan coast of the Mediterranean sea, such as Cyrene, Apollonia, Ptolemais, etc. The placement of these cities on the apparently uninviting coast confirms the great experience of ancient Greeks and Phoenicians, who were founding new trade stations on places rich in raw materials. Many of these cities have for several centuries kept a status comparable to that of the greatest cities of the empire.The author has travelled the Libyan coast herself, and the book is conceived also as an invitation to a visit of the ancient beauties of Libya. Text in Czech.

_Hora-hor Tomáš Mařík – Jana Maříková-Kubková (eds.)
Hora hor. Sborník příspěvků přednesených na konferenci uspořádané u příležitosti výstavy Aleše Veselého na téma „Hora hor“
Archeologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i., with support of Nadace Židovského muzea v Praze and Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta, České národní egyptologické centrum, Praha 2005

The volume consists of ten papers read during the interdisciplinary colloquium held on the occasion of the exhibition “Mountain of Mountains” of the Czech artist Aleš Veselý. This exhibition was organized by the Jewish Museum in Prague in 2003. The individual papers concern various aspects of the (sacred) mountain as they appear in the culture of ancient Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Greece, China and also in pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica. These aspects has been studied from perspectives of archaeology, history of art, religious studies and general history. Text in Czech.

janak_brana Jiří Janák
Doors of Heaven. Gods and demons of ancient Egypt
Libri, Prague 2005

This book presents the general public with a long awaited overview of ancient Egyptian religion. It is divided into two sections. The first contains an introduction and introduces the reader to the ancient Egyptian concept of divinity. The second part contains an alphabetically ordered lexicon of deities. Text in Czech.

storchova_mezi-houfy Lucie Storchová (ed.)
To plunge among the hordes of scoundrels. Czech travelogues about Egypt of the 15th – 17th centuries
Set Out, Prague 2005

The project of a three-volume commented anthology of Czech travelogues about the Orient, of which this book is the first part, is intended to provide access to an interesting collection of sources for the study of Czech travelling. Some of the sources that will be published in terms of this edition, have already been published before, but mostly in the 19th century, and a re-edition in terms of modern editorial practices is much needed (this is the case of Harant’s journey or of the travelogue of Martin Kabátník). Others exist only in the form of the original publications (the texts of J. Žvejkal, V. Foit, or H. Mayer). The last group is formed by hitherto unpublished manuscript materials (eg. P. Dušková – correspondence or part of the correspondence of B. Hrozný and F. Lexa). The individual anthologies will be conceived as representative selections, this limited edition cannot cover all the relevant material. This is true above all for the most recent times. The first volume is dedicated to the travelogues of the 16th and early 17th centuries, of the authors Martin Kabátník, Bohuslav Hasištejnský of Lobkowitz, Kryštof Fictum of Fictum and above all Kryštof Harant of Polžice and Bezdružice. Text in Czech.

Holaubek_egypt-and-austria_I Johanna Holaubek – Hana Navrátilová (eds.)
Egypt and Austria I. Proceedings of the symposium
Set Out, Prague 2005

This volume is dedicated to the relationships between the Hapsburg monarchy and Egypt set in their historical context. It contains contributions about the interests of travelers in the 16th – 20th centuries and the cultural interests of artists and collectors in the land on the Nile.

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vymazalova_suplementa_PES Hana Vymazalová (ed.)
Prague Egyptological Studies, suplementa 2004. Ancient Egyptian Queens, Their Life and Time
Charles University in Prague, Czech National Centre for Egyptology and Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2005

This volume represents the supplement of the main periodical Prague Egyptological Studies. It contains a series of articles devoted to the queens of ancient Egypt, their life, status, time in which they lived, and the heritage they left behind. Most of the contributions are based on the lecture cycle “Prague Egyptological Spring 2004 – Ancient Egyptian Queens”, which was held in the spring of 2004 at the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures. Text in Czech.

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krejci_Zajimavosti-ze-zeme-pyramid Jaromír Krejčí – Dušan Magdolen
Interesting Glimpses into the Land of the Pyramids or 100 MOSTs of Ancient Egypt
Libri, Prague 2005

The entries of the book of J. Krejčí and D. Magdolen are dedicated to introducing the individual aspects of Ancient Egyptian civilization and the decisive moments of its study in the unique form of a list of various superlatives from the area of history, archaeology, architecture, religion, literature, arts, crafts, historiography, etc. The world of the ancient Egyptians has always attracted a great interest for the high level of its culture, knowledge of the surrounding world, large buildings, and their fascination by the sacred and by the hereafter. The book is accompanied by a glossary of terms and a large bibliography on ancient Egypt. Its aim is to stimulate both the interest in Egyptology as a scholarly discipline, but also in the development of human civilization and culture as a whole. Text in Czech.

Vachala_Abusir_VIII Břetislav Vachala
Abusir VIII. Die Reliefs aus der Ptahschepses-Mastaba in Abusir
Charles University in Prague, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2004

This volume of the Abusir series is dedicated to the publication of the relief fragments from one of the largest and best known non-royal tombs from the Saqqara area – the mastaba of vizier Ptahshepses. The numerous fragments from the mastaba are arranged into thematic groups and analysed. Text in German.

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ruzova_Catalogue-II Jiřina Růžová
Catalogue of the Library of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, vol. 2
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2004

The second volume of the library catalogue, covering chiefly the sections on Archaeology and Philology. The Catalogue covers the library fund from the beginning of the existence of the Prague Egyptological seminar, through the enlargement due to Jaroslav Černý’s donation in the 1970s, and ends with new acquisitions up to year 2000.

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ondras_egyptian-colloquial-arabic František Ondráš
Egyptian Colloquial Arabic
Czech Institute of Egyptology – Set Out, Prague 2004

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 the arrival in the country, each chapter offers the reader examples of everyday phrasal usage and thorough explanations of Arabic grammar. More than a phrasebook and a dictionary, this book is a useful tool for learning the Egyptian Colloquial combining handy explanations with a systematic approach to the grammatical structure of the language.

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PES-III Jana Mynářová (ed.)
Prague Egyptological Studies (PES) 3
Charles University in Prague, Czech National Centre for Egyptology and Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2004

The third volume of the educative yearbook, containing an overview of the most recent discoveries and interesting themes in Egyptology, and introducing new Czech excavations in Egypt. The text is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations and photographs. Text in Czech.

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navratilova_Egyptian-revival Hana Navrátilová (with a contribution of R. Míšek)
Egyptian Revival in Bohemia
Set Out – Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2003

Subtitled ‘Orientalism and Egyptomania in Czech Lands’, this study looks at Egyptian revival in the second half of the 19th century within Czech society. Asking who these Egyptomaniacs were and why they chose Egypt, Hana Navrátilová looks at the historical and cultural background of the period, arguing that Egyptian revivalism was important for both Czech cultural development and the formation of national identity.

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PES-II Jana Mynářová (ed.)
Prague Egyptological Studies (PES) 2
Charles University in Prague, Czech National Centre for Egyptology and Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2003

This volume of the yearbook is traditionally divided into two thematic groups. While one part is dedicated to archaeological reports from the most recent Czech excavations at Abusir, the other brings various studies covering the whole field of modern Egyptology. Text in Czech.

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PES-Suplementa-I Hana Vymazalová (ed.)
Prague Egyptological Studies (PES), suplementa 1
Charles University in Prague, Czech National Centre for Egyptology and Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2003

The publication of the first volume of the supplements to the Prague Egyptological Studies was stimulated by the success of the lecture series “Éminences grises of ancient Egyptian history,” which was realized in cooperation with the Náprstek Museum in the spring of 2003. The individual authors introduce both the interesting lives of the various personalities, but also their period, changes of the economic and political conditions of the Egyptian state, development of art, etc. Text in Czech.

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Barta_Sinuhe-bible-patriarchs Miroslav Bárta
Sinuhe, Patriarchs, and the Bible
Czech Institute of Egyptology – Set Out, Prague 2003

The legendary figure of Sinuhe, an Egyptian administrator who fled Egypt upon the assassination of the king later to return without reprisals, is preserved in the Tales of Sinuhe found on a number of papyri and ostraca. This study not only includes a translation of the Tale, with commentary, but goes further to explore the historical and political context in which it was written in Middle Kingdom Egypt. Arguing that there is no evidence to suggest that Sinuhe was ever a real historical figure, Bárta presents evidence for Sinuhe being a fictitious character, a piece of political propaganda set in an idealized society. Beyond the Tale itself, Bárta examines a wide range of Egyptian documents and archaeological evidence from Egypt and the Southern Levant from the early 2nd millennium BC.

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janak_Staroegyptska-kniha-mrtvych Jiří Janák
The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, Chapter 105
Pontes Pragenses 29, L. Marek, Brno 2003

This volume introduces the readers to the various aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. The volume is mostly dedicated to Chapter 105 of the Book of the Dead, but the reader will also find a lot of information about the ways of thinking of the ancient Egyptians, their burial customs and other ancient Egyptian funerary texts. Text in Czech.

smolarikova_Abusir_VII Květa Smoláriková
Abusir VII. Greek Imports in Egypt. Graeco-Egyptian Relations During the First Millennium B.C.
Charles University in Prague, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2002

The early Greek residents to arrive in Egypt were very much regarded as foreigners and were subject to all sort of restrictions, however, gradually the barriers were broken down as closer connections were established with the Greek mainland and new trading centres such as Naucratis were established. This volume studies the large amount of Greek imported pottery found in Egypt and assesses what the pottery can tell us about the Greek-Egyptian relationships, Greek settlement in Egypt, and the nature of this trade.

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PES-I Jana Mynářová (ed.)
Prague Egyptological Studies (PES) 1
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts – Set Out, Prague 2002

The first volume of an educative yearbook brings an overview of the most recent discoveries and interesting themes in the field of Egyptology, and informs readers about new Czech excavations in Egypt. The text includes a number of line drawings and photographs. Text in Czech.

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Abusir_VI Miroslav Verner – Vivienne G. Callender
Abusir VI. Djedkare’s Family Cemetery
Czech Institute of Egyptology – Set Out, Prague 2002

This volume contains the results of excavations at the Djedkare’s family cemetery at Abusir, arranged by individual tomb. Verner and Callender describe the structure and archaeology of the tomb including plans of the rooms, its owner, wall paintings and finds from the tomb. These chapters are succeeded by a discussion of the chronology of the tombs, a typology and details on the skeletal remains. Appendices look at the role of female members of the Djedkare family in the old Kingdom.

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Barta_Memories Miroslav Bárta (text) – Kamil Voděra (photography)
Memories of 4500 years ago
Foto-Grafika Kamil Voděra, Brandýs nad Labem 2002

A guide to the exhibition dedicated to new discoveries of Czech Egyptologists in South Abusir, in the family tomb complex of vizier Qar and judge Inti. Czech and English versions.

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Abusir_V Miroslav Bárta
Abusir V. The Cemeteries at Abusir South I
Set Out – the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 2001

This report describes work carried out between 1991 and 1993 on a number of Old Kingdom tombs, mostly of lesser officials. Each tomb is given a full treatment with archaeology, architecture, decoration, epigraphic descriptions and a catalogue of significant finds, with the exception of pottery, which will be published separately. The volume is illustrated with line drawings. Contents: The tomb of Ity; the Lake of Abusir tombs; the tomb of Fetekty and adjacent tomb complexes; the tomb of Kaaper; some taphonomic, demographic and pathologic aspects of the skeletons from mastaba tombs at Abusir South; Palaeographic table; Indexes: Royal names, non-royal names, titles and epithets, gods, tombs.

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navratilova_Egypt-v-ceske-kulture Hana Navrátilová
Egypt v české kultuře přelomu devatenáctého a dvacátého století
Set-Out, Prague 2001

 Czech original of The Egyptian Revival in Bohemia.

Barta_Abusir-Sakkara_2000 Miroslav Bárta – Jaromír Krejčí (eds.)
Abusir & Saqqara in the Year 2000
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Oriental Institute, Prague 2000

This collection of articles contains the basic survey of the works that have been realized in the Abusir-Saqqara area in the course of the last fifty years. The book is arranged into several sections: varia, Islamic, Coptic and Late Periods, the New Kingdom and the Second Intermediate Period, the Middle Kingdom and the First Intermediate Period, and the Old Kingdom and the Archaic Period.

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Abusir_IV Ladislav Bareš
Abusir IV. The Shaft Tomb of Udjahorresnet
Charles University in Prague, Prague 1999

This report describes work in the 1980s and 1990s on the tomb of Udjahorresnet, a prominent official who participated in the Persian occupation of Egypt around 525 BC and may even have been one of their main collaborators. As well as chapters on the results of excavations, on the development of the Saite-Persian shaft tomb tradition, and the finds, this book presents a full review of what we know about this colourful 1st Millennium BC figure.

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ruzova_Catalogue-I Jiřina Růžová
Catalogue of the Library of the Czech Institute of Egyptology I
Czech Institute of Egyptology – Libri, Prague 1999

This is a useful listing of the volumes in the library of the Institute of Egyptology, a helpful source of bibliographic information. While this sort of information is nowadays better presented online, the volume may be of interest to scholars because of the titles from Eastern Europe and Russia which the Czech Institute has available in its collections.

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Vahala_Katalog-der-felsbilder František Váhala – Pavel Červíček
Katalog der Felsbilder aus der tschechoslowakischen Konzession in Nubien, vol. I-II
Charles University, Karolinum, Prague 1999

This two-volume publication presents over 1000 reliefs and 39 paintings recorded by Czech archaeologists as part of the UNESCO project to salvage antiquities threatened by the rising waters of damming projects. Ranging from 4000 to 1000 years old the artworks constitute important source materials for our understanding of Egyptian-Nubian relations over a long period of time. The position, characteristics and bibliographic references are presented for each site, while each is also illustrated by line drawings. Text in German.

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Barta_Sinuhetuv-utek-z-egypta Miroslav Bárta
Sinuhetův útěk z Egypta
Set-Out, Prague 1999

Czech original of Sinuhe, the Bible and the Patriarchs.

verner_Ilustrovana-encyklopedie Miroslav Verner – Ladislav Bareš – Břetislav Vachala – Milan Zemina (photography)
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
Charles University in Prague, Karolinum, Prague 1998

A clear and richly illustrated encyclopedia, covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, history and archaeology. It is the only original Czech publication of its kind, it includes Czech standards for the Czech transcription of ancient Egyptian names, as well as a useful overview of the history of Egyptology. Text in Czech.

Verner_Pyramidy-tajemstvi-minulosti Miroslav Verner
Pyramidy, tajemství minulosti
Grove Press, New York 2001

This book uncovers the veil covering the creation, construction and history of the pyramids. The author introduces the individual Egyptian pyramids and their builders.

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Verner_Ztracene-pyramidy-zapomenuti-faraoni Miroslav Verner
Lost Pyramids, Forgotten Pharaohs, Abusir
Academia, Prague 1997

This volume is addressed to the general public with interest in the history and culture of ancient Egypt. It relates to the reader the results of the work of Czech Egyptologists at Abusir from the beginning of their excavation at this site to the mid 1990s. The book exists in Czech, English and German versions.

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Abusir_III Miroslav Verner
Abusir III. The Pyramid Complex of Khentkaus
Charles University in Prague and Academia, Prague 1995

The unique pyramid complex of Khentkaus (the ‘mother of two kings’ who lived around 2500 BC) was discovered by the Czech Institute of Egyptology in 1976. This volume provides the final report on the excavation as well as specialist reports on the masons’ marks, the fragments of papyri and reliefs, and the sealings. It also contains an evaluation of the architectural remains and some conclusions about what this find tells us about Egyptian history at the beginning of the 5th Dynasty.

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Strouhal_Secondary-cemetery Eugen Strouhal, Ladislav Bareš
Secondary Cemetery in the Mastaba of Ptahshepses at Abusir
Charles University, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1993

This large-format excavation report describes work at a large mastaba tomb which was used for successive burials between the 7th Century BC and 1st Century AD. There are chapters on the burials in and around the monument, the coffins and funeral equipment, demography, burial rites, the human and accompanying animal bones.

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Abusir_II Miroslav Verner
Abusir II. Baugraffiti der Ptahschepses Mastaba
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1992

The publication of building graffiti found on the walls of the Mastaba of Ptahshepses. Building graffiti represent an important source of information about the organization of ancient Egyptian construction works, their creation and the people who had built them.

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Verner_Objevovani Miroslav Verner et al.
Unearthing Ancient Egypt / Objevování starého Egypta 1958-1988
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1990

Presented in both Czech and English this book commemorates work by the Czech Institute of Egyptology in Egypt between 1958 and 1988. The topics covered are: The international UNESCO campaign to save the monuments of Nubia; work at the Mastaba of Ptahshepses at Abusir; work in the South Field at Abusir; an overview of Czech Egyptological Expeditions and a bibliography of Czech Egyptological publications. Text in Czech and English.

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_Lexa František Lexa: The Founder of Czech Egyptology / Der Begruender der tschechischen Aegyptologie
Charles University, Prague 1989

This bilingual publication (in Czech and in German) describes the life and work of the founder of Czech Egyptology Prof. František Lexa.

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Petracek_Hamitosemitisch Karel Petráček
Hamitosemitisch und ihre Beziehungen zu einigen Sprachfamilien in Afrika und Asien
Czechoslovak Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1988

An important text for discussing the relationship between Egypt and the rest of Africa, this monograph by an eminent Czech scholar traces the linguistic roots of Egyptian and Semitic languages. Text in German.

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strouhal_wadi_qitna Eugen Strouhal
Wadi Qitna and Kalabsha South, vol. I. The Archaeology
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1984

Wadi Qitna is located in Egyptian Nubia, 65 kilometers south of Aswan, on the west bank of the Nile. The cemetery here occupies the slopes and adjacent high ground along the edges of the valleys, with the highest concentrations of graves situated along rock outcrops where stone was readily available. This book describes excavations at the Roman and Byzantine tumulus graves and the finds unearthed, particularly the pottery which forms the basis of the Eastern Desert Ware type.

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Miroslav Verner
Abusir I. The Mastaba of Ptahshepses: Reliefs, vol. I-II
Charles University, Prague 1982

This two-volume work is dedicated to the analysis and publication of the reliefs preserved in situ in the area of the mastaba of Ptahshepses. The first volume contains the text, the second consists of the drawings of the individual reliefs.

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Verver_CAA Miroslav Verner
CAA Tschechoslowakei Lieferung I: Altagyptische Saerge in den Museen und Sammlungen der Tschechoslowakei

Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1982

This huge volume of loose-leaf text and plate pages constitutes volume 1 in the Corpus Antiquitatum Aegyptiacarum for the Czech Republic. Mummy cases from the extensive Czech collections are catalogued and discussed in detail, and each example is shown in black and white photographs. Text in German.

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charvat_Mastaba-of-ptahsepses-pottery Petr Charvát
The Mastaba of Ptahshepses. The Pottery (Czechoslovak Excavations at Abusir)
Charles University, Prague 1981

Ptahshepses was vizier to Sahure. The magnificent mastaba tomb is second only in size to that of Mereruka at Saqqara. First excavated in 1893, work between 1960 and 1974 by the Czech Institute has shed more light on the more mundane materials left by the earlier excavators. This volume presents a full analysis of the pottery found in the tomb. While most of book is devoted to a catalogue, there are some useful and thoughtful discussions of how different types of vessel were made.

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Sawi_Excavations-at-tell-basta Ahmed el-Sawi
Excavations at Tell Basta. Report of Seasons 1967-1970 and Catalogue of Finds
Charles University, Prague 1979

Tell Basta (Bubastis or Per-Bastet) is the site of an ancient city about 60 miles NE of Cairo. Occupying a key position on routes between the Sinai and Memphis the city appears to have been founded in the 4th Dynasty but remained important until Roman times. During 22nd and 23rd Dynasties the city reached its peak of power, possibly even becoming capital of Egypt under Osorkon I (924 to 889 BC), a native of Bubastis. This volume describes work by the Czech Institute at the site.

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_Preliminary-report Zbyněk Žába – Miroslav Verner et al.
Preliminary Report on Czechoslovak Excavations in Mastaba of Ptahshepses at Abusir
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1976

Ptahshepses was a high official of the 5th Dynasty pharaoh Sahure. His mastaba was first discovered in 1893 but proper investigation was left to a series of Czech expeditions which mapped and excavated the site between 1960 and 1974. This book contains preliminary reports on the 7 expeditions and special studies on: The geodetic documentation survey; The architecture; The reliefs; The inscriptions and marks on masonry blocks; Secondary burials; Coffins of secondary burials; Pottery; The pillar system of the pillar court; The eight-stems columns of the East portico. The book is well illustrated.

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Zaba_rock_inscriptions Zbyněk Žába
The Rock Inscriptions of Lower Nubia, Czechoslovak Concession
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Prague 1974

This huge book records 293 inscriptions on rock from the area which the Czech Institute took responsibility for surveying as the waters of the Aswan dam rose. This was a region 100 km long, extending between the famous temples of Kalabsha and Gerf Hussein. Most of the inscriptions are in Egyptian, dating from the 1st Dynasty down to the Coptic period with a particularly large number from the early 12th Dynasty (shedding new light on the conquest of Nubia under Amenemhet I and Senwosret I). The remaining inscriptions were written in Greek, Latin, Carian, Meroitic and Aramaic. Each inscription is translated, discussed and given both location and date. Each is also shown in a black and white photograph and transcribed.

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Verner_Some-nubian-petroglyphs Miroslav Verner
Some Nubian Petroglyphs on Czech Concessions
Czech Institute of Egyptology, Acta Universitatis Carolinae, Philologia Monographia XLV 73, Prague 1973

This book presents results of work by the Czech Institute to catalogue rock art later covered over by the waters of the Aswan High Dam. The symbols discovered are grouped into: Foot and sandal prints; Signs and symbols and Erotica. Despite the problems of dating rock art, the different types of mark discovered seem to show a long tradition and, as well as cataloguing the material, this book contains some interesting discussion about what the marks meant and how they were used.

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