The modern neighbors of Tutankhamun : history, life, and work in the villages of the Theban West Bank (Book, 2011) [WorldCat.org]
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The modern neighbors of Tutankhamun : history, life, and work in the villages of the Theban West Bank

Author: Kees Van der Spek
Publisher: Cairo : Amer University in Cairo Press, 2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until their recent demolition, the colorful mud-brick hamlets of al-Qurna village, situated among the Noble Tombs of the Theban Necropolis on the Luxor West Bank, were home to a vibrant community. While many might view this area only as an archaeological landscape, the presence of Qurnawi villagers equally defined the surrounding landscape in social terms. Inhabiting a place of intensive Egyptological research for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kees Van der Spek
ISBN: 9789774164033 9774164032
OCLC Number: 770893969
Description: 500 p. : illustrations
Responsibility: Kees van der Spek

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Until their recent demolition, the colorful mud-brick hamlets of al-Qurna village, situated among the Noble Tombs of the Theban Necropolis on the Luxor West Bank, were home to a vibrant community. While many might view this area only as an archaeological landscape, the presence of Qurnawi villagers equally defined the surrounding landscape in social terms. Inhabiting a place of intensive Egyptological research for over two centuries, it was inevitable that Qurnawis should become part of the history of Egyptology and the development of archaeological practice in the Theban Necropolis. But they have mostly been regarded as laborers for the excavation teams or dealers in the illicit antiquities trade. The modern people inhabiting the ancient burial grounds have themselves rarely been considered. By demonstrating the multiplicity of economic activities that are carried out in al-Qurna, this study counters the villagers' stereotypical representation as tomb robbers, and restores an understanding of who they are as people living their lives in the shadow of valued cultural heritage.

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