(Middle Kingdom Studies 7)
This book explores the organisation of labour in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2050–1700 BCE) through a combination of written sources (main source: the Lahun Papyri) and archaeological evidence. Major lines of inquiry are the social profile and human activity of those strata of society liable to conscription, type of employments and temporality of work, management and administrative procedures in labour organisation. The written sources and archaeological record are first examined in two independent chapters. Then in the final chapters the results reached by the separate study of the different types of evidence are combined and compared by subject matter in order to identify patterns of outcome.