Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period

Guest post by Julien Cooper. Read his bio here. When we think of Egypt’s wealth, our mind often wanders to geological riches. Most of this wealth originated in the Eastern Desert: the gold of Tutankhamun’s mask, the famous Egyptian eye-paints of kohl or malachite, or even the majestic purple porphyry columns that today hold up … More Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period

Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows

A sale document from the Fayum showed us that Roman soldiers living here named their cows, as discussed in a previous post. But, they were not the first people in Egypt to do so – Egyptians had been naming their cows for millennia beforehand! On the back of a magical text from New Kingdom Thebes, which contains … More Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows

Mob Rule and Personal Relations in an Egyptian Village

One night, an angry mob marched across the Egyptian village Deir el-Medina with the intention of beating up a woman. The woman’s crime? She had been sleeping with a married man for the past eight months.  “Your people – their old and their young, both men and women – were on the move at night. They … More Mob Rule and Personal Relations in an Egyptian Village