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The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun – History, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank - Cairo Scholarship Online
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The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun: History, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank

Kees van der Spek


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 ... More

Keywords: al-Qurna village, Noble Tombs, Theban Necropolis, Luxor, Qurnawi villagers, Egyptological research, antiquities trade, tomb robbers, cultural heritage

Bibliographic Information

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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Kees van der Spek, author

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