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Secrets of the Tomb Builders

The life of the people in Deir el-Medina

  • Stanford Report Article
    The first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina - postdoctoral scholar Anne Austin is creating a detailed picture of care and medicine in the ancient world.
  • Health Care at Deir el-Medinah
    Paid sick days and physicians at work: ancient Egyptians had state-supported health care.


  • Workmen's Village
    Deir el-Medina is the Arabic name for the village in the Theban necropolis, once occupied by the pharaohs’ tomb-builders and the artisans of New Kingdom Thebes.
  • Theban mapping project: Tomb Builders and Dayr al Madinah
    The village of Dayr al Madinah, home to the workmen who excavated and decorated the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, was probably founded during the reign of Thutmes I. His name was found stamped on the many bricks of the first enclosure wall of the village.
  • Settlement of Deir el-Medina
    Deir el-Medina, one of the best preserved ancient settlements in the whole of Egypt, is situated in a small secluded valley in the shadow of the Theban hills,
    on the west bank of the Nile, across from modern-day Luxor in Upper Egypt.
  • Tombs of the Craftsmen
    For close to five centuries, the village of Deir el-Medineh sheltered the community of the craftsmen working at the royal and princes tombs.
  • Deir el-Medina
    A look at how economics worked in the New Kingdom, from the 14th to 12th centuries BC, in the workmen’s village at Deir el Medina, where the workmen prepared the tombs for the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
  • Deir el-Medina: Workers' Village
    One of the highlights of the west bank at Thebes is the workers village of Deir el-Medina. This amazing array of houses gives an amazing impression of what life was like for the people who excavated and decorated the tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings.
  • The Development of Deir el-Medina
    The site of Deir el-Medina, located in a desert valley on the west bank of Luxor, was conceived as sacred ground. Tombs were built there as early as the Middle Kingdom and a village settlement housing the royal-tomb builders was founded on the site in the early New Kingdom.

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