The Abu Bakr Cemetery at Giza
By Tohfa Handoussa and Edward Brovarski
The present volume reflects the work of the joint expedition of Cairo University and Brown University to record and publish the tombs uncovered on behalf of Cairo University by Prof. Abdel-Moneim Abu Bakr from 1949 through 1953, but never published. The loss of field records and lack of a map of the site meant that new, salvage excavation had to be undertaken. A total of six seasons, from 2000-2006 resulted in the clearing, remapping, and recording of the monuments in the cemetery. Abu Bakr Cemetery is of particular interest because the majority of mastaba tombs belong to relatively low-ranking individuals. Thus they have the potential to she light on the social status of Egypt's working classes.
Tohfa Handoussa (1937-2017) was professor of ancient Egypt and Egyptian archaeology at the Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology, Cairo University from 1987, where she served as head of the Egyptology Department from 1988 to 1994 and as vice-dean of the Faculty of Archaeology from 1994 to 1997. Her career has been honored by colleagues and former students in a two-volume tribute, The Realm of the Pharaohs: Essays in Honor of Tohfa Handoussa (Cairo, 2008).
Edward Brovarski is an adjunct research scholar, devoting his time to the publication of the excavations of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Expedition at Giza and Naga ed-Dêr. He has previously held curatorial positions in the Department of Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1974. He became curator in 1984 and research curator of Egyptian Art in 1988.
New Titles List
Wilbour Studies in Egyptology and Assyriology
- The Abu Bakr Cemetery at Giza
- Coping with Obscurity - The Brown Workshop on Earlier Egyptian Grammar
- The Theology of Hathor of Dendera - Aural and Visual Scribal Techniques in the Per-Wer Sanctuary