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Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs (A Colonnade Book) Hardcover – November, 1982


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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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  • Series: A Colonnade book
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (November 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714180440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714180441
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,699,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
The valley of the Kings in Egypt has enticed numerous archeologists in search of the burial sites of the Pharoahs. These remarkable tombs were built by skilled workers who had a special city built for them and their families. Mr. Bierbrier has researched and done a scholarly work about these workers and their day to day lives. We learn that the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the same day to day and family problems that we have today are very much the same as those who lived 3,000 years ago. It is certainly a distant mirror and one that students of Egypt will enjoy. It is well written and I am particularly proud of this book as Mr. Bierbrier is a cousin of mine. This however did not affect my opinion of this fine work.
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent sourcebook on the village of Deir el Medina. This village housed the workers on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the rest of the Theban Necropolis. The people were an unusual group, gifted artists and craftsmen for the most part, working there for generations. This book gives a history, outlines what we know of the group, follows specific characters, and does it well. (Morris Bierbrier writes well.)

Along with Romer's book Ancient Lives, this is perhaps the best book on Deir el Medina.
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