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Deir el-Medina: western half of artisans' town

View of west half of Deir el-Medina.

Deir el-Medina housed generations of craftsworkers and their families who built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. The village, first excavated by Flinders Petrie in the 1880s-90s, was laid out in a rectangular plan inside of a brick enclosure. Along a series of parallel streets were mud-brick houses containing several rooms, often arranged around a central atrium.

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