Abusir. Realm of Osiris by Miroslav Verner

By Miroslav Verner

At the heart of the world-famous pyramid box of the Memphite necropolis there lies a gaggle of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the within reach village of Abusir. lengthy overshadowed through the extra wide-spread pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this zone has still been the positioning, for the final 40 years, of an intensive operation to find its past.

This interesting new book—richly endowed with black-and-white ancient pictures, colour plates of up to date paintings, and informative illustrations—at final records the uncovering by means of a committed staff of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto ignored wealth of historical continues to be courting from the outdated state to the overdue interval. this is often Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the lifeless, and its tale is considered one of either glossy archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to discover.

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To the east and west the narrow, rocky banked valley, is surrounded by the immense desert. The city which Meni founded was called Ineb(u) hedj, “The White Wall(s),” perhaps because the ramparts of the stronghold which at the same time served as the royal residence, were white. The precise site of this historic center of Memphis has not yet been located with any certainty, although the latest British archaeological researches, using deep-hole drilling, have indicated that it could lie under the northern part of the present-day village of Mit Rahina.

Were there important buildings to the south? Perhaps Sahure’s pyramid town—the residence of the officials, priests and artisans responsible for the construction of the complex and for the subsequent maintenance of the mortuary cult of the pharaoh—extended in this direction. Sahure’s palace Wetjes-neferu-Sahure “Sahure’s-splendor-soars-up-to-heaven” may also have been there. Its existence is proven by inscriptions on ordinary beef fat storage jars recently found in Neferefre’s mortuary temple in Abusir.

This is because of the well-preserved state of its relief decorations, the artistry of their conception, the diversity of the subjects depicted from everyday life and from the mortuary cult and, last but not least, the quality of the workmanship. Fragments of a red granite palm column in Djedkare’s pyramid temple, south Saqqara (photo: Milan Zemina). The tomb of Niuserre’s successor Menkauhor has so far not been discovered. Some archaeologists are searching for it in North Saqqara, others in Dahshur.

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