Deir el-Medina Timeline

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  • c. 1541 BCE - 1520 BCE
    Set-Ma'at (later known as Deir el-Medina) founded during the reign of Amenhotep I of Egypt.
  • 1520 BCE - 1492 BCE
    Earliest extant ruins at Deir el-Medina date from the reign of Thutmose I.
  • c. 1156 BCE
    First labor strike in history occurs in Egypt at Deir el-Medina.
  • c. 1100 BCE
    Tomb robbing by the workers at Deir el-Medina becomes increasingly common.
  • c. 1069 BCE
    Deir el-Medina is abandoned and villagers relocate to Thebes.
  • c. 320 CE - c. 400 CE
    Christian monks inhabit the empty village of Deir el-Medina and turn the Temple of Hathor into their cloister.
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