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Mrs. Naunakhte & FamilyThe Women of Ramesside Deir al-Medina$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167737

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167737.001.0001

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A Walled Community

A Walled Community

(p.1) 1 A Walled Community
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This book seeks to piece together the parts of Mrs. Naunakhte's life by retracing the steps of her children and her two husbands. Naunakhte, an “average” woman (but not really) from the New Kingdom village of Deir al-Medina, has become a famous figure in Egyptology because of a statement about her inheritance she made in court in year 3 of Ramesses V (1145/44–1142/40 BCE) that denied several of her eight surviving children of their maternal inheritance. In her statement, Naunakhte explained why these children would be disinherited. Two daughters had never bothered to care for her in her old age; one of her sons was a layabout who was always short of money. This chapter looks at the list of Naunakhte's children that was made on the basis of her statement in court.

Keywords:   inheritance, children, husband, Naunakhte, Deir al-Medina, Egyptology, daughters, sons

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