It is over 100 years since the French archaeological mission started work at Deir el-Medina and, contrary to general belief, the ongoing exploration of the Village shows that many of its secrets still wait to be unveiled.  This site is important to our knowledge of ancient Egyptian daily life and in this study day Dr Cédric Gobeil will assess the history of past excavations and review the activities that have taken place since 2011, with a focus on the work of the current season.


Dr Cédric Gobeil received his PhD in Egyptology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 2008 and has been the Director of the French archaeological mission at Deir el-Medina since 2011.  In 2016 he was appointed as the Director of the Egypt Exploration Society in London.


10.15 Doors open

10.30 Welcome

10.40 Archaeology in the archive: a short historical review of the French excavations at Deir el-Medina

11.40 Tea/coffee

12.00 The Theban Tomb 250: helping out Women’s Studies

13.00 Lunch (included)

14.00 “Wonderful things”: highlights from the past seasons

15.00 Tea/coffee

15.15 Of mummies and men: the discovery of a tattooed mummy and of the khetem

16.15 Questions

16.30 Close

This study day includes refreshments and a sandwich, crisp and fruit lunch. 


Essex Egyptology Group Members: Adult £35 (student £17)

Non-members: Adult: £37 (student £19)

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