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Workers' Village
Introduction

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Workers' Village

Workers' Village, Luxor, Egypt

Note the little pyramid, indicating a rich tomb.


Workers' Village, Luxor, Egypt

Put up some roofs, and the village could almost be resettled.

Workers' Village, Luxor, Egypt

From the Tomb of Peshedu.


Before visiting the Workers' Village, I thought to myself, why bother? Why see how the workers lived when Egypt is full of temples and royal sites?
But the Workers' Village is a one of a kind-site. It is so fabulously reenacted and so delicately restored. You feel that you can almost imagine how life was here 3000 years ago.
The people living here were masons, painters and sculptors working mainly at the Valley of the Kings. It must be the skills of the inhabitants that is the reason for this being the best preserved village of its times.
Of the Workers' Village two main attractions, one is only available for researchers: Since so many of the inhabitants here were literate, there is an abundance of written material telling about everyday life among them. Feuds and quarrels are among the details preserved for eternity.
The other attraction is the main reason for visitors coming here: The tombs. There are 3 open for visitors, and these attract people because of the high quality of the labour and the excellent condition. Decorations have many similarities with what you find in the Valley of the Kings, of course, but the scale is different, and the tomb owners are presented in a far more modest manner than the kings had ordered.



By Tore Kjeilen