Abstract and Keywords
Through a thorough examination of the archive kept in the Institut français d’archéologie orientale (the French Archaeological Institute in Cairo; hereafter IFAO), this chapter details the history of the archaeological excavations and other field activities conducted by the Institute at the site of Deir el-Medina since the early 20th century. The chapter focuses in particular on the work of Bernard Bruyère, the central figure of this endeavor. Although the opportunity is given to go through the major discoveries that were made on the site and their contributions to the knowledge of daily life in ancient Egypt, the focus is also put on the photographic archives of Bruyère and on the information that can be drawn from them. A review of the work made after Bruyère is finally detailed, along with a summary of the ongoing activities on the site.
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