16. Sennedjem

Building and Buying at Deir el-Medina

  1. Steven Snape

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch16

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death

How to Cite

Snape, S. (2011) Sennedjem, in Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393743.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405120890

Online ISBN: 9781444393743



  • Sennedjem - building and buying at Deir el-Medina;
  • community of ancient world, about which we know the most - the village of Deir el-Medina;
  • servants in the place of truth, skills passed in conventional Egyptian fashion - from father to son, as in Deir el-Medina, through royal patronage;
  • site of Deir el-Medina, and hill of Qurnet Murai - immediately behind it;
  • aping the rich, tombs at Deir el-Medina - village in Dynasty 18, Eastern Cemetery and undecorated underground burial chambers, evidence of nature of burials;
  • striking aspect of tombs' contents, quantity of furniture - buried with the deceased, use and wear marks of objects used in everyday life;
  • contents of Dynasty 18 tombs, and objects - from daily existence, reflecting concerns present on tomb-scenes from elite tombs, and their ‘everyday life’ scenes;
  • Amenemope, in need of a tomb - no desire to build one from scratch, oracle of King Amenhotep I, and the oracle giving Amenemope the answer;
  • goods, in small undisturbed private burials - of Dynasty 18 from Deir el-Medina;
  • plagiarism in tomb decoration, source of most scenes within New Kingdom tombs - being, unsurprisingly, other tombs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Servants in the Place of Truth

  • Aping the Rich? Tombs at Deir el-Medina