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Hieratic papyrus "Journal of the Tomb"

Hieratic papyrus "Journal of the Tomb"

"Journal of the Tomb" is the name by which egyptologists designate a particular type of administrative papyrus, written in hieratic, on which each day the scribe of the village of Deir el-Medina recorded the distribution of assets, leave, labor disputes or staff related to the team leaders and workers engaged in the construction of a royal tomb in the nearby Valley of the Kings and Queens. The fragment presented here is related to the year IX (probably in the reign of Ramses IX); in addition to this fragment the collection in Milan keeps another two fragments for the year IV and the year VIII: they are much smaller and relate to the distribution of wood and food. The document relating to the year IX includes three consecutive pages of the 3-15 days of the first month, 10-15 and 27-28 of the second month of the akhet (flooding) season. It lists the days when the team worked or rested, the deliveries of oils, wood and food rations and the names of those who made the deliveries.
The deleted front part maintains a list of accusations, dating to a year X, the second month of akhet, and annotations to a year IV.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40126
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Already in1825 in Milan, where Champollion saw it.
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:

Deir el - Medina

  Definizione: Papyrus with writing
  Title or subject:

Hieratic papyrus "Journal of the Tomb"

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XX dyinasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Height: 18,8
  Length: 62,5
  Varie: Conservation status: fragmentary

1900, Harteleben, « Lettres de Champollion le Jeune. Tome Premier : Lettres écrittes d’Italie», Bibliothèque égyptologique XXX, Paris   181 -182-183

1991, Tiradritti F. in (catalogo della mostra) “Egitto a Milano. Nuove acquisizioni e restauri” p.15-16 and 44, card I.1

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