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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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Where Was the Management Located?

Where Was the Management Located?

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Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter examines the possible exact location of the main administrative building in Deir al-Medina. It considers the so-called khetem en Pa Kher “enclosure of The Tomb,” or pa khetem “the enclosure,” the most important office for the administration of Deir al-Medina. “The Tomb” was the standard designation of the (work on) the royal tomb and the organization responsible for building and monitoring it. Although the translation “enclosure” for khetem is correct, “main office” appears to be more accurate. The chapter also discusses the notion, based on O. Cairo CG 25831 (Dynasty 19), that women were not allowed to roam around, and the case of eight menstruating women roaming about, described in O. Oriental Institute Museum 13512. Finally, it evaluates a number of theories regarding the location of the administrative center, including those put forward by Christopher Eyre, Günter Burkard, Raphael Ventura, and Jack Janssen.

Keywords:   administrative building, Deir al-Medina, pa khetem, enclosure, The Tomb, main office, women, administrative center, Christopher Eyre, Günter Burkard

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