The Lives and Loves of the Ancient Egyptians: The Artisans of Deir el-Medina

We are currently reviewing this course and its format in view of safe distancing recommendations  due to COVID.

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!

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New date: Saturday 21 November 2020        Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester  M2 1NL

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£40 n/a 6 40

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Contact details:
Dr Joanne Backhouse, 42 Urmson Road, Wallasey, Merseyside  CH45 7LG
email:   phone: 07724 947963