as a source of information on royal funerary cults

The papyrus archives from Abusir belong among the oldest preserved administrative documents in Egypt. They were found in Fifth Dynasty royal pyramid complexes and provide us with evidence about daily routine of funerary priests who served in these monuments in the period following the death of their owners. We can find in these texts many details concerning the priests, their daily tasks but also lists of the equipment of the funerary temples. In addition, fragments of accounting documents reveal economic connection of the royal funerary cults in Abusir to the royal residence, divine temples and funerary monuments of other rulers. This unique evidence complements the information gained from archaeological exploration of the Abusir pyramid complexes and of the surrounding necropolis.


Hana Vymazalová graduated in Egyptology and Logic at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, acquired her PhD in Egyptology in 2005 and since 2016 is an Associate Professor of Egyptology. She specializes on the economy of the Old Kingdom royal funerary complexes. She also studies ancient Egyptian science, especially mathematics and medicine of the ancient Egyptians. Since 2006 she participates in the Czech archaeological excavation in Abusir and since 2015 she is a member of the Egyptian mission in south Saqqara. 

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