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In the Shadow of Djoser’s Pyramid

Research by Polish Archaeologists in Saqqara


Karol Jan Myśliwiec

The book presents the discoveries made by the Polish archaeological mission in Saqqara, the central part of the largest ancient Egyptian royal necropolis. The area adjacent to the Pyramid of King Djoser on the monument’s west side, so far neglected by archaeologists, turned out to be an important burial place of the Egyptian nobility from two periods of Pharaonic history: the Old Kingdom (the late third millennium BC) and the Ptolemaic Period (the late first millennium BC). The earlier, lower cemetery yielded rock-hewn tombs with splendid wall decoration in relief and painting. The book also describes methods of conservation applied to the discovered artefacts and episodes from the mission’s life.

Main Chapters: History and archaeology: Saqqara in Egyptian history – From Edfu to Saqqara: Polish archaeology in the Nile Valley – The vizier’s revenge – A testimony to stormy times – In the realm of Osiris – Behind the scenes of family bliss – Renaissance of the necropolis after two thousand years – Primum non nocere, or the medicine of artefacts.