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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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Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations

Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations

(p.171) 7 Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations
The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Kees van der Spek

American University in Cairo Press

Although, archaeological work for the Supreme Council of Antiquities is government employment, the nature of Qurnawi economics for those so employed is one that combines formal with informal money-earning activities. Even where such formal government work is not related to archaeology, informal aspects may still be present However, for many Qurnawi to identify themselves in the first instance as farmers, confirms that which escaped most of the early European visitors, namely the inherently agricultural quality of west bank subsistence. This chapter provides a discussion of Qurnawi agricultural practice that must be offered before considering Qurnawi involvement in archaeology. It aims to establish the variety of ways in which agricultural pursuits continue to form part of the range of economic practices to which Qurnawi in the Theban foothills have access.

Keywords:   Supreme Council of Antiquities, Qurnawi economics, archaeology, economic practices, Theban foothills

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