The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut néerlandais du Proche-Orient

Writing in a Workmen's Village

Book Specifications
X, 218 pp.

Writing in a Workmen’s Village

2003  |  Eg. Uitg. Volume 16 Scribal Practice in Ramesside Deir el-Medina ISBN 13: 978-90-6258-216-7  |  ISSN: 0927-0043

K. Donker van Heel, B.J.J. Haring

Four studies on the daily practice of the scribes of Deir el-Medina. Under the heading “duplication”, the first chapter looks into the use of drafts or mother copies, and the second deals with the work of five individual scribes. Under the heading “classification”, the third chapter presents a survey of the words used by the scribes when referring to their products, the documents, and the fourth looks at the method of reconstructing ancient classifications by the clustering of texts with identical headings.

Together, these chapters reconstruct the individual and collective habits of those who have produces the mass of texts found at Deir el-Medina, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.