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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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Conclusions and a Challenge

Conclusions and a Challenge

(p.347) Conclusions and a Challenge
The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Kees van der Spek

American University in Cairo Press

The historic and ethnographic material uncovered during this study reveals the Theban west bank as a rich and fascinating field site. Overshadowed and obscured by the practice and marginalizing dominance of a differently focused academic discipline and the wholesale global preoccupation with ancient Egypt that its practice and analyses continue to inspire, this study has attempted to return to Qurnawi, the degree of historic and contemporary visibility that their place in this archaeological landscape warrants, and the level of academic interest that its social and ethnographic specificity merits on its own terms. Greater insight into the social history and contemporary cultural expression of the former inhabitants of the Theban “City of the Dead” further exposes the color of the rich social fabric that this community of the living has brought and continues to bring to the Luxor west bank.

Keywords:   Theban west bank, Qurnawi, social history, cultural expression, Luxor west bank

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