Village Life of Royal Tomb Builders


Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00pm


Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

The Latest French Excavations at Deir el-Medina, Egypt

Hosted by Anne-Claire Salmas, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University and member of the French Archaeological Mission in Deir el-Medina.

Located in ancient Thebes (modern Luxor), the site of Deir el-Medina was home to a community of artisans responsible for constructing the tombs of Egyptian royalty in both the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens during the New Kingdom period (ca. 1550–1069 BC). French Egyptologist Bernard Bruyère studied this site between 1921 and 1952 and made important discoveries about the lives of the non-elite in ancient Egypt. The site received little attention for several decades, until 2012, when the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology resumed excavations at Deir el-Medina. Anne-Claire Salmas will discuss the most recent discoveries, highlighting new avenues of scientific research and an extensive program of heritage conservation.

Lecture. Free and open to the public at the Harvard Semitic MuseumFree event parking is available at 52 Oxford Street Garage. Click here for more information.