Throughout Egyptian history, written records refer to men by name and 'title'
The 'title' may express a short- or a long-term role in social relations or in the state
|seal of the 'royal sealer and overseer of fields' Ankhu|
Other designations include terms denoting social status, and activity
Some of these 'titles' imply allocation of roles to individuals
For specific tasks, additional information is needed: outcome, timing, return
Accounting for actual achievements
This aspect is illustrated by an account of pottery production, Lahun papyrus UC 32193
The document refers to an accountant, for the administrative aspect of the activity
The men designated 'potter' may in fact be practical managers of groups of potters: those at the manual level of production may only be present in the products themselves
Similar screening of activity
may underlie other apparently manual role designations such as farmer (= farm
manager?) and cook (= organiser of meal production?) .
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