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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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Protected Space as Domestic Place: Human Presence and the Emergence of the Built Environment in the Theban Necropolis

Protected Space as Domestic Place: Human Presence and the Emergence of the Built Environment in the Theban Necropolis

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(p.135) 5 Protected Space as Domestic Place: Human Presence and the Emergence of the Built Environment in the Theban Necropolis
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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/9789774164033.003.0007

This chapter gives context to the changes affecting the urban development of the Theban foothills, and discusses contemporary ways of making a living in this environment. These urbanizing processes initiated by the protective measures of expropriation and eviction not only accelerated the expansion of contemporary vernacular forms, but also resulted in a particular architectural assemblage typical of the Theban Necropolis. This chapter begins by developing a picture both of the archaeological characteristics of the foothills landscape generally, and of one particularly formative episode that has affected perceptions about Qurnawi habitation of the necropolis ever since. The urban landscape of the Qurnawi foothills, as observed by some of those early khawaja travelers, presented a picture rather different from the settlement pattern characteristic of the foothills during the late twentieth century.

Keywords:   urban development, Theban foothills, Theban Necropolis, Qurnawi habitation, khawaja travelers

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