nl en

Documentary Texts from Deir el-Medina and their social and cultural setting


Admission requirements

Accessible for students admitted to (Research) MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations, track Egyptology, and proficient in Late Egyptian and hieratic.


Intensive study of non-literary text sources and archaeological remains from the Deir el-Medina site (from circa 1550 to 1070 BC, the settlement of the workmen that constructed the royal tombs), together with discipline-relevant literature relating to these textual and archaeological sources. The treatment of a theme (social, economic, juridic or administrative) in the literature and the relevant hieratic text sources on papyri and ostraca will be subjected to critical evaluation. The electronic Deir el-Medina Database provides support in this. Each student will concentrate on a partial aspect of the central subject, and provides an oral and written report of literature and source research.

Course objectives

  • Acquiring experience with primary source material, publications and research tools related to Deir el-Medina, mainly to its New Kingdom documentary sources

  • Being able to identify the primary source material relevant to one’s research

  • Being able to conduct a small-scale individual research project, and to present its results, on a specialist level


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Common sessions: discussion of relevant literature and primary sources

  • Individual research of these

  • Oral presentation and discussion of individual research

  • Written paper (appr. 10,000 words excluding figures, tables, transcriptions etc.)

Assessment method

  • oral presentation 20%

  • written paper 80%


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Should the final result be unsatisfactory, the paper is to be revised after consulation with the teacher. There is no resit for the oral presentation.

Exam review

Students will be invited to discuss the paper and oral presentation individually with the teacher, as soon as the results have been published.

Reading list

To be announced during the seminar.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.

Not applicable.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: [Naam Onderwijsadministratie](link naar contactgegevens OA)


This course will only be taught with a sufficient number of participants.