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訪問研究者 / Miroslav Bárta

Miroslav Bárta

  • Professor
  • Faculty of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Egyptology

Research Topics

Ancient Egyptian society development during the third millennium B.C.

Education and Academic Employment

EDUCATION HISTORY
01/09/1988-05/09/1993 Charles University in Prague Faculty of Arts Czech Institute of Egyptology M.A. in Egyptology, 05/09/1993 Thesis: “Analysis of pottery from the mortuary temple of Raneferef in Abusir”
01/10/1994-30/04/1997 Charles University in Prague Faculty of Arts Czech Institute of Egyptology Ph.D. in Egyptology, 30/04/1997 Dissertation: “Old Kingdom Tombs and Society in Abusir“
EMPLOYMENT
15/03/1993 – 15/9/1997 scientific member, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts,Czech Institute of Egyptology
15/09/1997 – 10/11/2003 Ph.D. researcher, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts,Czech Institute of Egyptology
10/11/2003 – 10/10/2010 Associate Professor, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts,Czech Institute of Egyptology
Since 10/10/2010 Professor of Egyptology, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts,Czech Institute of Egyptology

Research Fields of Interest

  • Egyptian Archaeology, history of the Western Desert, Old and Middle Kingdom in Egypt, ancient economy, climate change, political systems, development and collapse of past complex societies.

Selected Publications

SELECTION - monographs:

  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, Journey to the West. The Old Kingdom tombs and society, Prague 2011: Serifa;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, H. Vymazalová, F. Coppens et al., Tomb of Hetepi (AS 20), Tombs AS 33-35 and AS 50-53, Prague: Serifa 2010;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav,,Frouz, M. Swimmers in the sand: [on the Neolithic origins of ancient Egyptian mythology and symbolism], Prague: Dryada;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, et al., Abusir XIII. The Cemeteries at Abusir South 2. The Tomb Complex of the Vizier Qar and His Family 1, Prague: Dryada 2008;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav and BRŮNA, Vladimír, Satellite Atlas of the pyramid fields of Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur, Prague: Dryada, 2006;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, Sinuhe, the Bible and the Patriarchs, Prague: Set Out, 2003;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, Abusir V. The Cemeteries at Abusir South 1, Prague: Set Out, 2001;
  • Edited volumes:

  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, COPPENS, Filip and KREJČÍ, Jaromír, ed, Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2010, PraguCzech Institute of Egyptology, 2011, 2 vols.;
  • H. Vymazalová, M. Bárta, eds., Chronology and Archaeology in Ancient Egypt (The Third Millennium B.C.). Proceedings of the Conference Held in Prague (June 11-14, 2007), Prague 2008;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, COPPENS, Filip and KREJČÍ, Jaromír, eds., Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2005, Prague: Czech Institute of Egyptology, 2007;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology. Proceedings of the conference held in Prague in 2004, Prague: Academia, 2006;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav and KREJČÍ, Jaromír, eds., Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2000, Archiv Orientální Supplementa IX, Prague: Orientální ústav AV ČR, 2000;
  • Research article and papers:

  • Bárta, M., Z. Suková & M. Verner, (2010). The second renaissance of Abusir, in Egyptian Culture and Society: Studies in Honour of Naguib Kanawati, eds. A. Woods, A. McFarlane & S. Binders Cairo: SCA, 267-79.
  • Bárta, M., (2010). Borderland Dynamics in the Era of the Pyramid Builders in Egypt, in Understanding Life in the Borderlands. Boundaries in Depth and in Motion, ed. W. I. Zartman Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 21-39.
  • Bárta, M., (2009). A case for veneration from Abusir South, in My things changed things. Social development and cultural exchange in Prehistory, Antiquity and the Middle Ages, eds. P. Maříková-Vlčková, J. Mynářová & M. Tomášek Prague: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Archaeology of the CAS, 25-30.
  • An Old Kingdom book for the afterlife, in Sitting beside Lepsius. Studies in Honour of Jaromir Malek at the Griffith Institute. OLA ed. D. Magee, J. Bourriau, eds., S. Quirke Leuven – Paris, Peeters, 23-38.
  • Biblical Archaeology and Egyptology: Old and Middle Kingdom perspective, in T. E. Levy, ed., On the turf to Biblical Archaeology, forthcoming 2010;
  • M. Bárta, A. Bezděk, "Beetles and the decline of the Old Kingdom: Climate change in ancient Egypt", in: H. Vymazalová, M. Bárta, eds., Chronology and Archaeology in Ancient Egypt (The Third Millennium B.C.). Proceedings of the Conference Held in Prague (June 11-14, 2007), Prague 2008, 214–222.
  • Bárta, M., „The Fifth and Sixth Dynasty in Egyptian History”, in J. Hill, P. Jones, A. Morales, eds., "Experiencing Power—Generating Authority: Cosmos and Politics in the Ideology of Kingship in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia", UPenn Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2008, forthcoming
  • Bárta, M., “A Mistake for the Afterlife?”, in I. Rzeuska, A. Wodzinska, eds., Pottery Symposium, Warsaw 2008, forthcoming
  • Bárta, M., “Filling the chambers, rising the status: Sixth Dynasty context for the decline of the Old Kingdom”, in J.-C. Garcia Moreno, ed., Elites et puvoir, Paris 2009, forthcoming
  • Bárta, M., “A case for veneration from Ancient Egypt”, in J. Mynářová, M. Tomášek, P. Maříková-Vlčková, eds., My things changed their things. Festschrift for Peter Charvát, Prague 2008, forthcoming
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Sixth Dynasty tombs in Abusir. Tomb complex of the vizier Qar and his family,’ in M. Bárta, ed., Old Kingdom Art and Archaeology Proceedings, Prague: Academia, 2006, 45–62;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The transitional type of tomb in Saqqara North and Abusir South,’ in W. Schenkel, S. Seidlmayer, eds., Texte und Denkmäler des ägyptischen Alten Reiches, Berlin: Achet Verlag, 2006, 1–22;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Architectural Innovations in the development of the non-royal tomb during the reign of Nyuserra,’ in P. Jánosi, ed., Structure and Significance. Thoughts on ancient Egyptian Architecture, Vídeň: Akademie Verlag, 2005, 105–130;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Funerary rites and cults at Abusir South,’ in N. Kloth, K. Martin, E. Pardey, eds., Es werde niederlegt als Schriftstück, Festschrift für Hartwig Altenmüller zum 65. Geburtstag, Hamburk: Busske Verlag, 2003, 17–30;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, KŘIVÁNEK, Roman, „Geophysical prospecting in South Abusir, Egypt, 2002“, in Herbich, T. ed., Fifth Archaeological Prospection, 220–223;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The L-shaped chapels discovered by A. Mariette at Saqqara, a case for innovation?’ in Cairo Egyptian Museum Centennial Volumes, 87–98, Supreme Council of Antiquities, Cairo 2002;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The non-royal cemeteries at Abusir South – the early Fourth and the early Fifth Dynasty at Abusir,’ in: M. Bárta, J. Krejčí, eds. Abusir and Saqqara in the Year 2000, Archiv Orientální Supplementa IX, Oriental Institute, 331–346, Prague 2000;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav and PAVLASOVÁ, Sylva, ‘Vessels,’ in. S. Pavlasová, ed., Land of the pyramids and the pharaohs, Prague: Národní Muzeum, 1997, 22–31;
  • Journals:

  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, 2010. Filling the chambers, rising the status: Sixth Dynasty context for the decline of the Old Kingdom. Cahiers de reserches de l´Institut de papyrologie et d´Egyptologie de Lille, 28 (2009-2010),145-55.
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav and BRŮNA, Vladimír, ‘Egypt´s Pyramids from on High,’ KMT 16:4, Winter 2005–06, San Francisco: KMT, 2006, 43–49;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘A New Gate to the Netherworld,’ in K. Daoud, S. Bedier, S. Abd El-Fatah, eds., Studies in Honor of Ali Radwan, Supplement to the Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’ Egypte 34/1, Káhira: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2005, 183–191;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Location of the Old Kingdom Pyramids in Egypt,’Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15:2, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 177–191;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav and BRŮNA, Vladimír, ‘Satellite Imaging in the pyramid fields,’ Egyptian Archaeology 26, Londýn: Egypt Exploration Society, 2005, 3–6;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Report on the first season in El-Hayez, Western Desert Egypt (in Arabic)’, Annales du Service des Antiquités, Káhira: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2004, 179–186;
  • with Vl. Bareš, K. Smoláriková, E. Strouhal, ‘Abusir-Spring 2002’; in Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde, vol. 130, No. 2, 147–159, Akademie Verlag, Leipzig, Berlin 2003;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, with Vl. Brůna, R. Křivánek: ‘Research at Abusir South in 2001–2002 – methods and results,’ in: Památky Archeologicke XCIV, 49–82, Archaeological Institute, Prague 2003
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Sociology of the Minor Cemeteries during the Old Kingdom. A View from Abusir South,’ Archiv Orientální 70, No. 3, 291–300, Prague 2002;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Czech Institute’s ten years of excavation at Abusir South,’ KMT. A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 13/1, 1–11, San Francisco 2002;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Interactions of Egypt, Sinai and Southern Palestine During the Late Old and the Middle Kingdom (EB IV – MB IIA),’in: ASOR Newsletter 51/3, Fall 2001, 2001, 12–14, Jerusalem 2001;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, with B. Vachala, ‘The Tomb of Hetepi at Abu Sir South, Egyptian Archaeology 19, 33–35, London 2001;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Tomb of Ptahshepses Junior II at Abusir,’ Ägypten und Levante X, 45–66, Austrian Academy Verlag, Vienna 2000;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Title ‘Priest of Heket’ during the Egyptian Old Kingdom,’ Journal of Near Eastern Studies 58,2, 1–10, Oriental Institute, Chicago 1999;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Title Inspector of the Palace during the Egyptian Old Kingdom,’ Archiv Orientální 1999/1, 1–20, Prague 1999;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The title ‘property custodian of the king’ during the Old Kingdom Egypt, Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde126, 79–89, Leipzig, Berlin 1999;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Serdab and Statue Placement in the Private Tombs Down to the Fourth Dynasty,’ Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, 65–75, Mainz 1998;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘The Czech Institute of Egyptology. Bibliography 1958–1997,’ Archiv Orientální 66/1, 17–26, Academia, Prague 1998;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Die Tauschhandelszenen aus dem Grab des Fetekty in Abusir,’ Studien zur altägyptischen Kultur 26, 19–34, Busske Verlag, Hamburg 1998;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘A Family of Funerary Priests from G 6000 Cemetery,’ Archiv Orientální 65, 369–378, Academia, Prague 1997;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Abusir – Central Field. Preliminary report on the pottery found during the 1994 excavation season,’ Bulletin de liaison du Groupe international d´etude de la céramique égyptienne XX, 10–12, IFAO, Cairo 1997;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Traditional Issues and New Approaches - Knots and Bows of Archaic Egypt,’ Archiv Orientální 65, 220–222, Academia, Prague 1997;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Ancient Hierakonpolis, a Town about 3000 B.C.,’ Archiv Orientální 65, 307–311, Academia, Prague 1997;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, V. G. Callender, ‘A Family of Judges at Abusir South,’ KMT. A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt 7.2, 32–39, San Francisco 1996, 50%;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Class-Type Interpretation of Pottery. Pottery Finds from the Pyramid Temple of Raneferef and Their Significance,’ Památky Archeologicke LXXXVII, 137-160, Academia, Prague 1996;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Several Remarks on Beer Jars Found at Abusir,’ Cahiers de la Céramique Égyptienne 4, 127–131, IFAO, Cairo 1996;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Archaeology and Iconography: bedja and aperet bread moulds and ‘Speisetischszene’ development in the Old Kingdom,’ Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 22, Hamburk: Busske Verlag, 1995, 21–35;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Pottery Inventory and the Beginning of the IVth Dynasty,’ Göttinger Miszellen 149, Göttingen, 1995, 15–24;
  • BÁRTA, Miroslav, ‘Economic Interpretation of Beer Jars,’ Archeologické Rozhledy XLVII, Prague: Academia, 1995, 676–684;
  • Honors

    2000 prize of the international Fondation Michaela Schiff Giorgini (Switzerland)
    2001 Albright Institute in Jerusalem fellowship
    2003–2004 Fulbright professor at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    2005 prize of the international Fondation Michaela Schiff Giorgini (Switzerland)
    2008 Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellow, Freie Univesität, Berlin (Germany)
    2011 prize of the rector for the best scientific monograph of the Charles University in Prague

    Other Interests

    Landscape archaeology, Japanese landscape philosophy.

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