Wage Accounting in Deir el-Medina, R. Mandeville

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Wage Accounting in Deir el-Medina, R. Mandeville

Berichtdoor Philip Arrhidaeus » Za Jan 31, 2015 10:11 am

Wage Accounting in Deir el-Medina
Richard Mandeville

ISBN: 978 0 9930920 0 8
Publication Date: December 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: xx + 203 pp.
Imprint: Abercromby Press
Language: English
Price: £45 (exclusive of postage)
Email: benedict.davies@gmail.com

By investigating the documentary evidence from the royal workmen’s community at Thebes, Wage Accounting in Deir el-Medina provides a comprehensive overview of the processes by which the state paid its employees their monthly grain rations. The present study analyses seasonal fluctuations in the delivery schedule, the frequency of payments, the classes of workmen found listed in the ration texts, and the amounts of grain that they individually received. That so much of the pertinent material can be dated so precisely has proven invaluable to the establishment of patterns and failures within the wage payment system. The specialised terminology and vocabulary employed by the scribes responsible for compiling these payment records has also been examined in order to ascertain the specific meaning and use of words and phrases. Through an examination of the palaeography and composition of wage records it has been possible to demonstrate just how the scribes went about the work of reporting grain shipments to the village of Deir el-Medina. By way of conclusion, a model is presented that reconstructs the physical processes by which grain made its journey from harvest to the village homes of the necropolis workmen.
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