IFAO database
of Deir el-Medina tombs
The page was last modified on January the 5th 2018
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On the 8th of July 2014 the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology – Cairo (IFAO) published a new     
on-line database of photographs of Deir el-Medina tombs :
The first version of the database contains 2,350 black & white and colour images. They were obtained from
glass plates, colour slides, black & white negatives and digital photos from the IFAO archives dating from
1920s onwards. The tombs are published in the universally used numbering order. Tomb owners' names and
titles are listed together with the corresponding dynasty in which they lived. A list of publications
concerning the tomb and a tomb plan accompany the data. The photographs are of the exteriors as well as
the interiors which are published wall by wall. Images dating from different decades or even centuries allow
for an immediate comparison between them. For each photograph, the photographer's name and the date
picture was taken are given.
The database is linked to the PDF files of The Topographical bibliography of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic
texts, reliefs, and paintings, Vol. 1. The Theban Necropolis – Part 1 – Private tombs by Bertha Porter and
Rosalind Moss, 2nd ed. Oxford: Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, 1960. The files contain descriptions
of the scenes in the tombs and list finds originating in them together with their current accession numbers
in museums.
The database will be updated by IFAO in the future as an ongoing project.