Český egyptologický ústav


Czech Institute of Egyptology

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News from the Nile

Reis Ahmad, the long-term foreman of workmen at Czech archaeological excavations in Egypt, passed away


On Friday on the 22nd of March 2013, shortly after sunset, the long-time foreman of workmen at the Czech archaeological excavations in Egypt, reis Ahmad el-Kereti, passed away after a long and hard illness.

Research of the Czech Institute of Egyptology in the Sabaloka Mountains in Central Sudan

5.3.2013 Lenka Suková - Ladislav Varadzin

The Czech scientific expedition under the auspices of the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, discovered in Central Sudan one of the largest cemeteries of hunter-fisher-gatherers in North Africa, containing according to the estimates ca. 400–450 burials. This extraordinary cemetery, which falls within the 8th–6th millennia B.C., is located in the Sabaloka Mountains at the Sixth Nile Cataract, ca. 80 km north of the Sudan´s capital Khartoum.

New stone inscription shows list of offerings to ancient gods

7.9.2012 SCA

During construction work carried out by the Ministry of Endowments at the Al-Khamis market area, next to the archaeological site of Matariya in northern Cairo, workers stumbled upon a part of an ancient Egyptian offering stele.

The discovery of a new nomarch burial in Dayr al-Barshā

30.5.2012 SCA

During its 2012 spring campaign, the archaeological mission of Leuven University in Dayr al-Barshā, directed by Harco Willems, has discovered an important burial dating back to the beginning of the Middle Kingdom (approx. 2040 B.C.). Although the burial has been robbed at least twice, and has suffered extensive damage, a large amount of objects were still found in their original position, providing unique information on the scenario of the funerary ritual. The tomb must have belonged to a nomarch (i.e. a provincial governor) or to a person belonging to the close family of a nomarch. It is for the first time in over a century that a relatively well preserved burial of this kind has been found.

New discovery of the name of a 17th Dynasty King at Karnak

5.3.2012 SCA

During his visit to Karnak temple at Luxor, on Saturday 3rd of March, the Egyptian Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced the discovery of name of a king from the 17th Dynasty, called “Sen-Nakht-n-Re,” which was never found before in monuments. The discovery of the name was made by IFAO mission head by Christophe and was found during routine excavations on the northern side of the Amun-Re temple in Karnak temple.

Uncovering of the Second Solar Boat at Giza

1.3.2012 SCA

In 1987, following an electromagnetic radar survey, a second solar boat was detected in the area to the west of the first solar boat, located on the southern side of the Great Pyramid at Giza. It has been the focus of research since 2008 by staff from the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities, a delegation from Waseda University and the Japanese Institute for Restoration Research.

New Discovery at Giza

28.2.2012 SCA

A large mud brick wall dating to the reign of King Thuthmose IV (1400-1390 BCE) was discovered at Giza pyramids. The wall was uncovered in the area located in front of King Khafre’s valley temple on the Giza plateau. The discovery was made during routine excavation work carried out by the SCA.

New archaeological discovery at the Valley of the Kings

23.2.2012 SCA

A deep burial well was found during a routine cleaning carried out by a Swiss archaeological mission on the path leading to King Tuthmosis III’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. The well leads to a burial chamber filled with a treasured collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts.

Prof. Herman De Meulenaere (1923-2011)

9.6.2011 Filip Coppens

It is with great sadness that we received the news that on Sunday June 5th, 2011, at the age of 88, Professor Herman De Meulenaere passed away.

New Discovery at Giza

8.11.2010 SCA

An Egyptian archaeological mission directed by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), has discovered a large mud brick wall dating to the reign of King Thutmose IV (1400-1390 BCE). The wall was uncovered in the area located in front of King Khafre’s valley temple on the Giza plateau.

New Statue of King Amenhotep III

8.11.2010 SCA

The upper portion of a red granite double statue featuring King Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC) with the falcon-headed sun god Re-Horakhti was found today on the north western side of Amenhotep III’s funerary temple on Luxor’s west bank.

New statue of Amenhotep III uncovered

12.10.2010 SCA

The upper part of a granite double statue of king Amenhotep III (1410-1372 BC) was unearthed at Kom El-Hittan in the west bank of Luxor. Kom el-Hittan is the site of the temple of Amenhotep III, which was once the largest temple on Luxor’s west bank. The temple originally had two entrances: one on the eastern side where the Colossi of Memnon reside, and one at the northern side, where the double statue was located. The statue was found during a routine excavation carried out by an Egyptian team of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

The Discovery of the Burial Shaft of the tomb of the priest Karakhamun at Assasif

12.10.2010 SCA

An Egyptian-American expedition has found the burial chamber of a priest named Karakhamun (TT223). The tomb dates to Dynasty 25 (ca. 755BC) and was uncovered during conservation and restoration work on the west bank of Luxor.

A new Discovery in Ismailiya

26.4.2010 SCA

A new tomb was discovered by an SCA mission at Tell el-Maskhuta in the Ismailia governate, announced Farouk Hosni, Minister of Culture. The tomb dates to the 19th Dynasty (1315-1201 BC), is constructed of mud brick and consists of a rectangular room with a domed ceiling made of stone, and a deep square-shaped shaft. The interior is decorated with scenes depicting the owner of the tomb, whose name was Kenamun.

A New Discovery in the Bahariya Oasis

13.4.2010 SCA

A collection of 14 Graeco-Roman tombs dating to the third century BC have been found in a cemetery in the Ain El-Zawya area of the town of Bawiti, in Bahariya Oasis.

New Finds in Luxor

31.3.2010 SCA

A large red granite false door belonging to the tomb of Queen Hatshepsut’s vizier User and his wife Toy has been unearthed in front of Karnak Temple.

Excavations in the Valley of the Kings

31.3.2010 SCA

One of the most famous sites in Egypt has always been the Valley of the Kings, which has revealed to us such wonders as the tomb of Tutankhamun. However, all of the major discoveries of the past were made by foreign archaeologists. I was determined that Egyptian archaeologists should become part of the process of excavation and discovery, so in November 2007, the first all-Egyptian team to ever work in the Valley began excavating the area behind the tomb of Merenptah.

New Discovery in Saqqara

3.3.2010 SCA

Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), announced today that the French mission working at Saqqara has found the burial chamber of Queen Behenu. As of yet, it is unclear if this queen was the wife of Pepi I or Pepi II, who ruled during the 6th Dynasty. The burial chamber was revealed while the team was cleaning the sand from Behenu's pyramid in the area of el-Shawaf in South Saqqara, west of the pyramid of King Pepi I.

Imesy’s coffin to be back in Egypt

1.3.2010 SCA

Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni, announced today that following two years ofnegotiations and investigations, the 21st Dynasty (1070-945 BC) coffin of a private individual called Imesy is to be returned to Egypt.

New Discovery at Kom El-Hettan

1.3.2010 SCA

Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni, announced today that a colossal red granite head of King Amenhotep III (circa 1390-1352 BC) was discovered in his funerary temple of the Kom El -Hettan area on Luxor's West Bank. He added that the discovery was carried out by the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III Temple Conservation Project, a multi-national Egyptian-European team.

New workers' tombs discovered at Giza

11.1.2010 SCA

A collection of tombs that belong to workers who built Khufu’s pyramid has been discovered in the area of the workmen’s tombs on the Giza plateau, Culture Minister Farouk Hosni announced.

New large 26th Dynasty tombs found in Saqqara

8.1.2010 SCA

Two large 26th Dynasty tombs have been found in Saqqara by an Egyptian excavation mission from the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Culture Minister Farouk Hosni announced today.

Geoarchaeological Research in the Area of the Sixth Nile Cataract, 25th October – 6th November 2009

29.11.2009 Lenka Suková

On the 16th October 2009, the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, and the Faculty of Environment, University of J. E. Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem, launched a long-term interdisciplinary research project in the Republic of Sudan.

New Discovery at Tel El-Daba

20.11.2009 SCA

The Austrian Archaeological mission from the Austrian Archaeological Centre in Egypt unearthed a fragment of a cuneiform seal impression dating to the last decades of the Babylonian Kingdom.

Tomb of Tutankhamen Conservation Project

20.11.2009 SCA

Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) and the J. Paul Getty Trust announced a new partnership for the conservation and management of the tomb of Tutankhamen, a five-year collaborative effort between the SCA and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

A Unique Herbarium of Common Plants of the Egyptian Western Desert


A unique herbarium of common plants of the Egyptian Western Desert can be found at the following address: http://westerndesertflora.geolab.cz

120 years of Spanish excavations in Egypt

4.7.2009 Nevine el-Arif

Spanish archaeology in Egypt began as early as 1886 when Spanish diplomat Eduardo Toda Y Gèell took charge of overseeing the excavation and inventory of the artefacts in the tomb of the 19th-Dynasty craftsman Sennedjem at Deir Al-Medina, near Luxor. During the early 20th century, the Count of Galarza carried out excavations in Giza and in 1908, when Cairo University was built, he was the only Spaniard to be appointed as a lecturer.

Discovery of a new necropolis in the Fayyum

30.6.2009 SCA

A necropolis consisting of 53 rock-cut tombs dating to the Middle (ca. 2061-1786 BC) and New (ca. 1569-1081 BC) Kingdoms and the 22nd Dynasty (ca. 931-725 BC) has been discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission sponsored by the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA). The necropolis lies in the southeastern part of the pyramid field of Illahun in Egypt’s Fayyum region.

New 18th Dynasty Tomb

30.6.2009 SCA

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced today that an Egyptian archaeological mission led by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), has discovered an 18th Dynasty tomb (1570-1315 BC) in the necropolis of Dra Abu el-Naga, on Luxor's west bank.

New Discoveries at Saqqara

30.6.2009 SCA

Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, announced today that Egyptian archaeologists, performing routine conservation work at the southern side of Saqqara’s step pyramid (2687-2668 BC), have stumbled upon what is believed to be a deep hole full of the remains of animals and birds. The mission has also found that the hole’s floor is covered with a layer of plaster.

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