By Miroslav Verner
At the heart of the world-famous pyramid box of the Memphite necropolis there lies a bunch of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the within reach village of Abusir. lengthy overshadowed via the extra time-honored pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this zone has still been the location, for the final 40 years, of an in depth operation to find its past.
This interesting new book—richly endowed with black-and-white ancient pictures, colour plates of latest paintings, and informative illustrations—at final records the uncovering via a committed staff of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto missed wealth of historical is still courting from the outdated state to the overdue interval. this is often Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the useless, and its tale is one among either glossy archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to discover.
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Not until the beginning of the twentieth century was a fundamental investigation of the pyramid complex carried out by a German expedition, under Ludwig Borchardt’s leadership. At a single stroke, his two-volume monograph, Das Grabdenkmal des Königs Sahure (“The Funerary Monument of the King Sahure”), a brilliant work for its time that is still frequently cited by Egyptologists, made Sahure’s complex a site of great archaeological significance. Even though Sahure’s pyramid complex was not outstandingly large, it represents a turning-point in the development of royal tombs under the Old Kingdom.
It stood near the southeastern corner of the pharaoh’s pyramid and had only a cult significance. The tombs of the immediate members of Sahure’s family, especially that of his wife, Neferkhanebty, and his eldest son, Netjerirenre, ought to be located to the south or southeast of the king’s pyramid. These tombs, and particularly the inscriptions on their walls, could provide valuable historical evidence and answers to many questions relating to the reign of Sahure. It would, for example, he very interesting to know more about the fate of Sahure’s first-born son, Netjerirenre, and why it was not he that inherited the throne, but Neferirkare, whose origin is still subject of conjecture.
When necessary they exchanged directions and opinions by writing on pieces of paper. The complex of buildings making up Sahure’s tomb included yet another, miniature pyramid. It stood near the southeastern corner of the pharaoh’s pyramid and had only a cult significance. The tombs of the immediate members of Sahure’s family, especially that of his wife, Neferkhanebty, and his eldest son, Netjerirenre, ought to be located to the south or southeast of the king’s pyramid. These tombs, and particularly the inscriptions on their walls, could provide valuable historical evidence and answers to many questions relating to the reign of Sahure.