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Deir el-Medina from above

Deir el-Medina is known to most people interested in Egyptology as it is the village of the workmen who built the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings in the New Kingdom. We have an enormous amount of documentation about this site, including textual and archaeological sources. It is possible to imagine that we know some of the ancient villagers personally, as we know so much about them.

For a panorama in the village itself, follow this link. The above panorama, made in January 1998, is taken on the path from the village up to the hills above. In it, you can see the village in the centre, the Ramesseum in the background to the left of the village, and the beginning of the Valley of the Queens round to the right.

If you can't view this panorama, the chances are that you don't have Quicktime installed. Quicktime for Macintosh or Windows can be downloaded for free from

To navigate in a QTVR movie, locate the mouse pointer over the movie, and click and drag the little circle in the desired direction. Depending on your computer, you can zoom in and out using a modifier key.

See this page for technical notes on how the panoramas were originally produced.

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2018