Abusir : Realm of Osiris

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American Univ in Cairo Press, 2002 - History - 248 pages
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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 book documents the uncovering by a 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.
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.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
CHAPTERI In the Shadow of Memphis
5
Abusirthe Rise of a Royal Necropolis
41
Under the Sign of the Sun
67
The Royal Mother
89
The Secret of the Unfinished Pyramid
111
The Testimony of the Papyrus Archives
135
The Dazzling Career of the Royal Hairdresser
153
The Traitors Tomb?
177
lufaaan Intact Tomb
193
at the Crossroads of History
207
In Search of Lost Time
225
Chronological List of Rulers and Dynasties
239
Select Bibliography
243
Index
245
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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.

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