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Deir el-Medina

The imposing mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu. Design by Anand Balaji.

Butehamun, Opener of the Gates to the Underworld: Dismantling Sacred Places of the Dead

At the very end of the Twentieth Dynasty and through to the beginning of the early Twenty-First Dynasty, one after another, the many royal dead in the Valley of the Kings were divested of their...
Collection of Egyptian Art, design by Anand Balaji

Ostraca: Voices from the Place of Truth—An intimate glimpse into New Kingdom Egypt

Athenians meted out harsh punishments to those who fell afoul of prevalent laws or societal norms. If citizens had done something terrible, they ran the risk of being exiled from the city for up to...
The village of Deir el-Medina in the West Bank of Luxor, Egypt.

Paid Sick Days and Physicians at Work: Ancient Egyptians had State-Supported Health Care

We might think of state supported health care as an innovation of the 20th century, but it’s a much older tradition than that. In fact, texts from a village dating back to Egypt’s New Kingdom period...
The ancient village of Deir el-Medina in Egypt

New study sheds light into ancient Egyptian health care system at Deir el-Medina

Stanford archaeologists have undertaken the first ever detailed analyses of human remains found at Deir el-Medina, an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs...
Egyptian Dream Book

The Egyptian Dream Book

Do you believe that dreams can foretell the future? If you do, then you are not alone. The divination of dreams, or oneiromancy as it is also called, has its roots in the ancient world. For instance...