The Workers' Village and Necropolis
The workers in this community also built their own tombs, much smaller versions of those they worked on in the Valley of the Kings. The tombs usually consisted of a chapel and a small underground room. Over their tombs, they often constructed a man-sized pyramid. The necropolis is on the mountain slopes in close proximity to the residential area.
Right: Hillside with tombs (note small pyramid entrance at left of photo)
Village plan--Left: Steps up to hillside with the necropolis
Left: the Temple; center and right: the enclosure wall
The necropolis at Deir el-Medina: Tomb of Pashedu/Peshedu
Western wall of the burial chamberOsiris and Horus, in the form of falcons are on each side (not visible) in front of a large living udjat-eye supporting a torch. Below it Pashedu worships.
Left: Tympanum above the entrance with the god Ptah-Sokaris in the form of a winged falcon on a boat. The god is surmounted by a udjat eye and to the right, Pashedu worships (not visible). Right: detail of procession of gods
The necropolis at Deir el-Medina: Tomb of Inherkhau/AnherkhaInherkhau, who had the title of "Foreman," lived during the 20th Dynasty, during the time of Ramesses III and IV. He was an overseer of the craftsmen of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Inherkhau and his wife listen to the blind harpist
|Scenes from The Book of the Dead and from the Book of Gates decorate this tomb. |
The "opening of the mouth" ceremony and below, right: detail of 10 priests (standing together in pairs) before the dead man (not pictured)
Left: The cat of Heliopolis kills the serpent under the holy tree
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