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1) Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death – Steven Snape
Wiley-Blackwell | 2011 | PDF

This book explores the development of tombs as a cultural phenomenon in ancient Egypt and examines what tombs reveal about ancient Egyptian culture and Egyptians’ belief in the afterlife.

• Investigates the roles of tombs in the development of funerary practices
• Draws on a range of data, including architecture, artifacts and texts
• Discusses tombs within the context of everyday life in Ancient Egypt
• Stresses the importance of the tomb as an eternal expression of the self

2) The Tomb-Builders of the Pharaohs – Morris Bierbrier
The American University in Cairo Press | 2003 | PDF

Little is known of the everyday lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt, but excavations at the village of Deir el-Medina have provided a unique opportunity to reconstruct the daily life of one particular group―the workmen who built the tombs of the pharaohs in the nearby Valley of the Kings.

The Tomb-Builders of the Pharaohs brings to life the people who lived and died at Deir el-Medina over three thousand years ago: their loves and hates, disputes and scandals, work and leisure. The author carried out extensive research on the tomb-builders and draws on the thousands of documents, letters, literary texts, and drawings found at Deir el-Medina to give a fascinating and intimate glimpse of life in the village.