The mission of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague has recently made an unexpected discovery at Abusir South that once again highlights the importance of this cemetery of the Old Kingdom officials. Work commenced in 2009 on a large mastaba termed AS 54, followed by several seasons of excavations. Its exceptional size (52.60 x 23.80 m), orientation, architectural details, as well as the name of king Huni (Third Dynasty,) discovered on one of the stone bowls buried in the northern underground chamber, indicate the high social standing of the person buried in the main (so far unlocated) shaft. Unfortunately, his name remains unknown due to the bad state of preservation of the cruciform chapel.
At the age of almost 62 years, reis Muhammad Abduh el-Kereti, generally known as reis Tallal, has died due to a severe illness.
The pyramid necropolis at Abusir (EAR), which the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University has been excavating for almost 55 years, proved once again that it is one of the most important sites in Egypt. During this autumn, Czech Mission explored a tomb, which is part of a small cemetery to the southeast of the funerary complex of King Raneferef.
17.7.2013 Jaromír Krejčí
The spring part of the archaeological season at Abusir was realized in accordance with the agreement of the Ministry of State for Antiquities. The expedition of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts at the Charles University in Prague focused on several major tasks.
The Czech mission to Egypt from the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts has discovered a court of a princess from ca 2500 B.C. “By this unique discovery we open a completely new chapter in the history of Abusir and Saqqara necropolis” said Miroslav Bárta, director of the mission.
11.1.2008 Miroslav Bárta
The story of the exploration of the mysterious tomb of priest Neferinpu, who lived in ancient Egypt in the 24th century BC has been unfolding already for two years and its end is still nowhere within our sight. The tomb was discovered in the spring of 2006, and in the same season, the chapel which housed the cult of this priest and other members of his family was also brought to light.
22.11.2007 Ladislav Bareš
The tomb of the official Menekhibnekau is the third structure of its kind explored in the group of large shaft tombs from mid 1st century BC in the southwestern part of the ancient Egyptian cemetery at Abusir. The tomb lies about 40 m to the southeast of the tomb complex of priest Iufaa, whose intact burial chamber was discovered in the year 1996.
10.11.2005 M. Verner, M. Bárta
In accordance with the research programme of the Czech Institute of Egyptology of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, the first stage of excavations at Abusir planned for the archaeological season 2005-2006 took place in September and October of this year. Its aim was above all the verification of several hypotheses relating to the development of ancient Egyptian architecture, society and religion in the 3rd millennium BC. The work concentrated on archaeological exploration of areas that had been selected in advance on the basis of surface survey, satellite imaging and geophysical measuring.