Egypt Picture - Tomb Deities from Deir el Medina

TombDeities from Deir el Medina

Tomb Deities from Deir el Medina


Stephen McLaughlin


TombDeities from Deir el Medina


Tour Egypt reader Stephen McLaughlin submitted this picture of a pair of tombdeities from Deir el Medina. Deir el-Medina was a community of workmen and their families, supervisors and foremen and their families, all dedicated to building the great tombs of the Egyptian Kings. These workers cut and prepared the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, both on the West Bank at Thebes.

The site has yielded a wealth of textual material providing information about the way these people lived, their marriages, inheritances, divorces, how they sought legal redress, advice from the gods. In addition to papyri, large flakes of limestone were used by scribes as note pads. Thousands of these ostraca were found inscribed with letters, notes, records, and many other kinds of evidence concerning the lives of the men and their families, most dating from the 19th and 20th dynasties.

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