January 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Robbing tombs in dynastic Egypt was a perilous occupation. Silence needed to be bought from high officials and fellow villagers. Access had to be secured. Breaking into tombs was hard work. Disaster could befall the robbers at any time. The punishment, if caught, was torture and death for robbers and often their families. But balanced against disaster was the promise of unimaginable wealth. Egypt was plagued by tomb robberies throughout her history. We will discuss if the reintroduction of wealth from tombs into society stabilized Egyptian economies and how it may have impacted war, peace, and Egyptian civilization as a whole.