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Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs Paperback – 4 Nov 1993
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About the Author
Morris Bierbrier is an assistant keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum, and the author of The Late New Kingdom in Egypt.
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I learnt much and recommend it to you for that, but it is a book that needs to be absorbed and then filtered in your own mind before its strengths can be truly valued.
Bierbrier uses a wide range of available sources to look at the lives of those who built the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. These sources include papyri, stelae, tomb inscriptions and, perhaps uniquely, ostraca, providing a vivid picture of the lives and characters of the residents.
Bierbrier reconstructs the daily lives and preoccupations of the people and includes a detailed description of the village in which they lived and the tombs they built for their own share in eternity.
The study ends with a summary of the later history of the site after the abandonment of the Royal Necropolis, starting with its later history in ancient times and continuing in to the modern period. Highlights of the rediscovery of the site include the excavation of a huge rubbish pit containing hundreds of ostraca and many papyri.
The book is illustrated throughout with well-chosen photographs and is well worth revisiting for those who are already familiar with it and is recommended to those who are new to the subject.
Review by ancientegyptmagazine dot com
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Along with Romer's book Ancient Lives, this is perhaps the best book on Deir el Medina.