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Deir el Medina, or workers village, was called in ancient Egypt “Set Ma’at” or the Place of truth. Here lived the workers and artisans on the Royal Tombs in the Kings valley (Set Ma’at her imenty Waset or the Place of truth west of Thebes). It is considered to be founded at the beginning of the 18th dynasty, probably by Thutmose I, although the ancient Egyptians believed it was Amenhetep I, the father of Thutmose I, who was the founder and had a cult of worshiping the great farao.
It was a very close society and the professions mainly went from father to son. A lot of historical facts are known through the vast amount of ostraca and papyri, giving a good image of this very vivid community.
They specialized themselves in their work and were the best of the best. On the hill next to their village they built tombs of their own, and of course they are the best.
During the reign of Thutmose III there was an enlargement.
Tombs at Deir el Medina:
Amennakht TT218 - The Ministry of Antiquities opened several new tombs in Deir el Medina. The tomb of Amennakht has been closed for many years and looks similar to that of Pashedu. The tombs TT218-220 are one of a father and his two… Inherkhau TT359 - Inherkhau owned the titles of "Foreman in the Place of the Truth West of Thebes" and "Overseer of the works of the Lord of the Two Lands" in the Ramses III and IV period. He was the son of Huy… Irynefer TT290 - The tomb of Irynefer is closed most of the time. It was open once during the closure of Inherkau for restoration. I was lucky to be there at the right time when it was open. He was the son of… Khaemteri TT220 - The tombs 218-220 are three tombs of a father Amennakht TT218 and his two sons Nebenmaat TT219 and Khaemteri TT220. They all hold the title "Servant in the place of the truth West of Thebes", meaning they were workers in the… Nakhtamen TT335 - The Ministry of Antiquities opened several new tombs in Deir el Medina. The tomb of NakhtAmen has been closed for many years and is cleaned and restored by the French mission. It is of very high quality and unique in… Nebenmaat TT219 - The tombs 218-220 belong to a father and two sons. They have a combined entrance and downstairs a small room with three separate entrances. The left is that of his father Amennakht (TT218), the middle of Nebenmaat (TT219) and the… Pashedu TT3 - Deir el Medina is supposed to be the the place where we can find the most beautiful tombs of the Luxor area. In Faraonic times here the workers village was situated and the people were scribes and workers working at… Senedjem TT1 - Deir el Medina is supposed to be the the place where we can find the most beautiful tombs of the Luxor area. In Faraonic times here the workers village was situated and the people were scribes and workers working at…
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