Friends of the Egypt Centre: A Family Quarrel at Deir el-Medina

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A The Egypt Centre Event


Leire Olabarria

Speaker's Biography

I am a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham (UK), with an interest in the application of social and cultural anthropology to the study of ancient Egypt. My work focuses on kinship and marriage in the Middle Kingdom and on the social construction of monumental spaces.

From: 14 Jun 2023, 7 p.m.
To: 14 Jun 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Hybrid Lecture: In person and online via Zoom, Taliesin Create, Swansea University, Singleton Park, SA2 8PZ, Swansea

Deir el-Medina was a planned settlement for the workers responsible for building the royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings. It was home to a close-knit community of people, whose interactions are recorded on numerous ostraca. In this lecture, we will read one of those letters together, and reflect on what it tells us about family dynamics at the site.

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Event created by: s.r.wale