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Deir el-Medina

Deir el-Medina is known to most people interested in Egyptology as it is the village of the workmen who built the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings in the New Kingdom. We have an enormous amount of documentation about this site, including textual and archaeological sources. It is possible to imagine that we know some of the ancient villagers personally, as we know so much about them.

The above panorama, made in January 1998, is taken just above the entrance to the tomb of Sennedjem, the star attraction of a visit to the village. Just to the left of the opening view of the panorama is the small pyramid of Sennedjem which stood over the tomb. Imagine most of the tombs of Deir el-Medina having these pyramids, plus visualising people moving around the village, and you'll get a little idea of what it was like in ancient times. For a panorama of the village from above, follow this link.

If you can't view this panorama, the chances are that you don't have Quicktime installed. Quicktime for Macintosh or Windows can be downloaded for free from

To navigate in a QTVR movie, locate the mouse pointer over the movie, and click and drag the little circle in the desired direction. Depending on your computer, you can zoom in and out using a modifier key.

See this page for technical notes on how the panoramas were originally produced.

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2014