Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs

Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs

By (author) M.L. Bierbrier

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This fascinating study brings to life the people who lived and died at Deir el-Medina over three thousand years ago--the workers who built the tombs of the pharaohs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. Dr. Bierbrier draws on the thousands of documents, letters, literary texts, and drawings found at the site to give an intimate glimpse of life in the village.

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  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 10.2mm | 340.2g
  • 30 Nov 1993
  • The American University in Cairo Press
  • Cairo
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 9774242106
  • 9789774242106
  • 1,157,728

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Morris Bierbrier is an assistant keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum, and the author of The Late New Kingdom in Egypt.

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Little is known of the everyday lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt, but excavations at the village of Deir el-Medina have provided a unique opportunity to reconstruct the daily life of one particular group - the workmen who built the tombs of the pharaohs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. The Tomb-Builders of the Pharaohs brings to life the people who lived and died at Deir el-Medina over three thousand years ago, their loves and hates, disputes and scandals, work and leisure. Dr. Bierbrier has carried out extensive research on the tomb-builders, and draws on the thousands of documents, letters, literary texts, and drawings found at Deir el-Medina to give a fascinating and intimate glimpse of life in the village.

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