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"Luxor - Valley of the workers "Deir el Medina"" Egypt Things to Do Tip by Myndo

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  Valley of the workers
by Myndo

Of course someone had to build the last home (the tombs) of the Pharao and the people who did so were not slaves as some thought but normal workers.

They lived with their families in a Valley close to the Valley of the kings. Their houses built from dried mud brick can still be seen today (see picture).
Because they left us a lot of "evidence" in the form of painted pottery shards we know a lot about the lives of the workers. They had to work 8 days in a row, in that time they camped close to the tomb, then they had 2 days free with their families. Because they could not grow their own food here, they had to rely on the monthly food supply from the Pharao.

They also made their own tombs - smaller ones, but with fabulous colors, that you can visit here.
Unfortunately you can not take any pictures, this would kill the colors - but really they look like fresh painted.

Directions: Luxor, west side of the Nile
south of the Valley of the Kings

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2004
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