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Essay on Deir El Medina

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  • Submitted: 11/11/2008
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AS and A Level Other Historical Periods

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Question: With specific reference to artefacts, tombs or inscriptions from Deir-El Medina comment on the role of the town and its inhabitants.

Archaeological and written sources, such as inscriptions, tombs and artefacts, have all contributed greatly to our knowledge of the social, religious and everyday life of the people who lived in Deir-El Medina, and also the role of the town and its inhabitants.

Archaeologists, such as Bernard Bruyere and Ernesto Schiaparelli have investigated the ancient site of Deir-El Medina, and have discovered vast amounts of information from the remnants that remain, as well as from the discoveries of papyri, ostraca, stellae and tombs that still remain intact.

Deir-El Medina was a small town on the western side of the Nile, situated under the Theban Peak; its purpose was to house the royal tomb workers or "servants in the place of truth." Deir-El Medina was a community of craftsmen, (such as; painters, stone masons, draughtsmen, scribes and sculptors) together with their families. The town was first established in 1567BC by Amenhotep I and his mother, and had a population of approximately 200 people at any one time. It was the role and profession of Deir-El

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