Dr Joanne Backhouse
The village of Deir el-Medina, on the west bank of Thebes, modern day Luxor, housed the artisans who created the royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings and their families. They have left behind a remarkable archive of their lives and loves. The site provides one of the best archaeological records from the ancient world, including remains of houses, objects of daily life, administrative documents, personal letters, religious dedications, in addition to tombs and funerary goods. We will use this evidence to piece together the lives and loves of the artisans and their wives, numerous of whom are known to us by name. We will see many elements of life remain constant, with workers getting drunk, skipping work and engaging in illicit affairs, which generated much gossip and moral disapproval!
- Davies, B. G. (1999) Who’s Who at Deir el-Medina: A Prosopographic Study of the Royal Workmen’s Community. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut Voor Het Nabife Oosten
- McDowell, A. (1999) Village Life in Ancient Egypt: Laundry Lists and Love Songs. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Day: Saturday 25 April 2020 Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
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Dr Joanne Backhouse, 42 Urmson Road, Wallasey, Merseyside CH45 7LG
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