The evolving portrait of Deir el-Medina by Dr Cedric Gobeil, 10th February 2017




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Published on Feb 17, 2017

The Egypt Exploration Society would like to thank the Institute of Archaeology, UCL for hosting the lecture and Braun Arts for providing their filming services for the event.

Lecture abstract:
Work has been ongoing on at Deir el-Medina for nearly a century. Over the years, an exceptional amount of discoveries have been made, both archaeological as well as epigraphic, covering practically all aspects of daily life in New Kingdom Egypt. The site has delivered so many documents that many remain unpublished or under studied. For that reason, one might think this site has nothing more to offer or, at least, just a few residual shreds. The recent fieldwork, restarted under the impulse of a renewed team, has proven that this idea is far from true. It confirms that this site still has rich potential in addition to the data already collected by B. Bruyere previously.

Thanks to the ongoing efforts made by the team, directed by Dr Cedric Gobeil, working on up-to-date scientific issues according to modern archaeological standards and with the help of new technologies, we were able to reinvigorate the on-site work as well as the mission's objectives in order to give new insights on some aspects of Deir el-Medina, which were until now poorly known or simply unknown. These aspects call for multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies and thus give a good overview of what is yet to be done on the site.

While giving an update on the latest discoveries made by the French mission, this presentation will demonstrate the promising leads that our current or future projects will explore in the years to come.


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