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Honoring Goddesses in a Family of Ancient Egyptian Tomb Workers: the case for Anuket and Hathor

Lecture | October 18 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall


Deanna Kiser-Go, Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Near Eastern Studies


The Foreman Neferhotep and his immediate descendants held positions of influence in the Deir el-Medina workman’s community during the 19th Dynasty (c. 1307-1196 BCE). During their careers they oversaw the process of cutting and decorating the nearby royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, but when it came time to design their own tombs their personal choices are apparent. This paper addresses how the cults of Hathor and, surprisingly, that of Anuket were elevated to a particularly high level—as evidenced by Theban Tombs 6 and 216, especially. The evidence examined includes the scenes in the tombs themselves, as well as figured and textual ostraca from the village site in West Luxor.


dkisergo@berkeley.edu