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The Modern Neighbors of TutankhamunHistory, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank$
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Kees van der Spek

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164033

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.001.0001

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Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West

Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West

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(p.53) 3 Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West
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The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun
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Kees van der Spek

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.003.0005

Much of what characterizes the people of al-Qurna today is not only inherent in the physical aspects of the surrounding landscape, but also the historical process of archaeological recognition and interpretation that has resulted in the culturally constructed characterization of the Theban foothills. This perspective immediately directs the attention to the historically situated development of western academic involvement with the Theban west bank, necessitating a global perspective in explanation of the particular cultural constructions that resulted from the contact with foreign interests. This chapter argues that the communities of the Luxor west bank represent a case in which the emergence of the originally western academic practice of Egyptology acted as one of those external formational processes, and that it is in this light that the al-Qurna material, at least in part, must be presented and understood.

Keywords:   al-Qurna, Theban foothills, Theban west bank, Luxor west bank, Egyptology

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