The personal marks of the workmen at Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Kings

The importance of the marks for the construction of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings

07.09.2016 | Toa Klitgaard Riismøller

Dato tor 24 nov
Tid 17:30 19:00
Sted Antikmuseet, Victor Albecks Vej 3, bygn. 1414, Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus C

The Danish Egyptological Society in colaboration with Museum of Ancient Art invites you to a lecture about workmen's marks at Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Kings by Daniel Soliman, Post-doctoral research fellow, ToRS, University of Copenhagen.

The workmen who constructed the tombs of the royal family during the New Kingdom are very well attested. Much of their daily lives can be reconstructed thanks to the many objects discovered in and around the houses and tombs in the village where they lived, the site of Deir el-Medina. In addition, a very large number of textual data about the tomb builders and their work has survived on ostraca from the village and the construction sites in the Valley of the Kings.

The workmen therefore belong to one of the most studied communities of ancient Egypt. It is less well known that every individual workmen possessed a personal sign, an identity mark, which was often used as an indicator of personal property. Series of these identity marks were also inscribed on ostraca. Such ostraca were poorly understood by Egyptologists, but recent research has revealed much about the meaning and the date of these pieces.

This talk will discuss the usage of the marking system in the community of Deir el-Medina, and highlight the importance of the marks for the study of the construction of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Particularly interesting are the objects with identity marks from the Eighteenth Dynasty, a period which is less well documented.


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