Del Al Medina
Del Al Medina Luxor Reviews
Dec 22, 2007
In a secluded valley on the west bank of the Nile opposite Luxor are the excavated foundations of a village that was inhabited by the craftsmen and labourers who constructed the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. In this early example of urban planning, the houses, arranged in rows, all opened off one central street and were enclosed within an outer wall. A typical house in Deir al-Medina had between 4 and 6 rooms plus a cellar or two for storage.
Early marriages were encouraged. Divorce and remarriage were available, and if a man divorced his wife she was entitled to maintainence.
First strike in History
The workmen of al Medina involved in the Valley of the Kings had not received their salaries (consisting of lengths of cloth, bread and jars of oil and fat). They went to the official at the Temple and complained. The official guaranteed that the pharaoh’s promises would be fulfilled and convinced the workers to take up work again. Not long afterwards, payments were suspended again. The workers went out on strike again, this time they occupied the Mortuary Temple of Rameses III and sacked it, carrying of the furnishings. ‘The Papyrus of the Workmen’s Strike’ can be found in the Egyptian Museum in Turin.
This is one of the less visited sights in The Valley of The Kings, but we found it one of the most interesting.
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