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The Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs

The Tomb Builders of the Pharaohs

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  • Thu 11 May ’17, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Thu 18 May ’17, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Thu 25 May ’17, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Thu 1 Jun ’17, 6:15pm – 8:15pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $135.00
  • Victoria Staff 20% Discount Fee: $108.00

‘Day 18. They went up to the (Great) Valley.

To seek out a place to cut the tomb of Weser-Maat-Re Setep-en-Amen (Ramesses IV).’
(Official journal records of Vizier).

Tutankhamun is, arguably, the most famous ruler of ancient Egypt, because of his spectacular burial in the Valley of the Kings. Ironically, his tomb is amongst the most modest of those built within the Valley over the 500 years it was used as the royal necropolis.

But who created this magnificent eternal resting place?

The New Kingdom pharaohs placed great importance on building a perfect royal resting place, so they maintained a community of the finest craftsmen, scribes and administrators, housed in a purpose-built village within walking distance of the Valley. The people in this vibrant community left us with an invaluable understanding of their existence in the form of Deir El Medina, their village, and the lives preserved within the archaeological record.

This lecture series aims to provide an insight into the lives of those who lived and worked at Deir El Medina during the New Kingdom, from their everyday duties to their religious practices.

Target audience:
This course is for anyone who is interested in ancient history, architecture, archaeology or classics.

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