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Abusir: The Realm of Osiris [Hardcover]

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At the center of the world-famous pyramid field of the Memphite necropolis there lies a group of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the nearby village of Abusir. Long overshadowed by the more familiar pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this area has nonetheless been the site, for the last forty years, of an extensive operation to discover its past. This exciting new book -- richly endowed with black-and-white historical photographs, color plates of contemporary work, and informative illustrations -- at last documents the uncovering by a dedicated team of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto neglected wealth of ancient remains dating from the Old Kingdom to the Late Period. This is Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the dead, and its story is one of both modern archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to uncover.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 12.75"
Weight:   4.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2003
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  977424723X  
ISBN13  9789774247231  

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More About Miroslav Verner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Miroslav Verner of the Charles University in Prague has been leading the excavations in Abusir since 1976. Drawing on his own experience as well as the full range of historical material from early excavations, Dr. Verner brings to life a world as distant in time as its uncovered remains are immediate and striking. His work is both scholarly and entertaining, making the passage into this ancient underworld at once an intellectual exploration and a fascinating adventure.

Miroslav Verner has an academic affiliation as follows - Charles University.

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Abusir and the Fifth Dynasty.  Feb 1, 2010
To the west of the ancient capitol Memphis lies its necropolis area comprising Saqqara, and immediately to its north, Abusir. On a clear day (wind from the east) you can see the pyramids of Giza large on the horizon, 10 kilometers further north. History at Abusir runs from tombs of the first dynasty into Muslim times, but it is uniquely important for the 5th dynasty, where many pharaohs chose to build their pyramids, and also the sun temples that characterize this dynasty. It is claimed that a line along the three pyramids of Giza crosses Iunu (Heliopolis, whose site is in Northern Cairo) and on Abusir another three pyramids also align on Iunu. From each site, an ancient viewer could see the gold tipped spire of the important sun temple there. (Stephen Quirke discusses such alignments in his book: The Cult of Ra.)

This fine book describes the results, and the difficulties, the missed discoveries, and the satisfying moments of the archaeologists. Starting by describing what little is known about the site of Memphis, it then relates Abusir to Saqqara and Giza. A major part of the book discusses the pyramids, the sun temples, and relationships in the families of the pharaohs. A puzzle about the important late 4th dynasty queen Khentkhus, known from Giza, is elucidated by finds at Abusir. A fortuitous architectural glitch has lead to preservation of many papyrus document fragments, which have greatly informed scholars about the operation of the temple priests and the royal court. A tomb of a royal hair dresser who rose to high rank, another of a `traitor' in Persian times who built a very elaborate shaft tomb to protect against robbers (it didn't protect, but sure hindered the archaeologists!) and other tombs of lesser ranked persons are treated.

The book's nicely sized format allows splendid photos--17 are double pages, 47 more occupy a full page, or nearly so. Some photos have high artistic merit, others are of small finds in the tombs. Diagrams. drawings, and maps abound.
Abusir  Jul 2, 2008
A must volumn to have in any Egyptology collection, Informative, authorative in an easy reading format. Keeps on current in an area of new developments.

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