Ankhu and Nebu of Deir el Medina

Primary History article

By Alf Wilkinson, published 21st February 2020

Ancient Egypt and developing a sense of period

Perhaps the hardest skill to develop in history is a sense of period. What was it really like to live in Ancient Egypt? Who should we study? Or, in this case, which workers were typical? Were these craftsmen in Deir el Medina typical of all the workers in Egypt? Or were they special? How do we help our pupils develop a clear understanding of life in Ancient Egypt? Can we look at enough different examples of people to help develop a sense of period? This article looks at one group of workers, not usually studied in our Schemes of Work, and tries to discover what their lives were like...

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