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Author Van der Spek, Kees.

Title The modern neighbors of Tutankhamun : history, life, and work in the villages of the Theban West Bank / Kees van der Spek
Published Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, 2011


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  962.05 Van/Mno  DUE 11-11-19
Description xxxi, 500 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Ancient Remains as Life's Stage: Differing Perspectives on Life in the Theban Necropolis -- 2.The Natural and Social Setting of the Theban West Bank Communities -- 3.Early European Travelers and the Emergence of the Theban Communities in the Consciousness of the West -- 4."In Justice to the Inhabitants of Gournei": European Presence and Its Literary Record -- 5.Protected Space as Domestic Place: Human Presence and the Emergence of the Built Environment in the Theban Necropolis -- 6.Qurnawi Foothills Architecture: Footprint, Form, and Function -- 7.Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations -- 8.All in a Season's Work: Egyptology-Induced Labor Relations at al-Hurubat -- 9.Faked Antikas and ̀€Modern Antiques': Artistic Expression in the Villages of the Theban West Bank -- 10.Contemporary Spirituality and Traditional Beliefs in the Theban Necropolis -- 11.The Ethnography of Eviction
Summary A historical-anthropological study of the people who lived in the antiquities precinct of Luxor's West Bank. 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. 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 have mostly been regarded as laborers for the excavation teams or dealers in the illicit antiquities trade. The modern people inhabiting the ancient burial grounds have themselves rarely been considered. By demonstrating the multiplicity of economic activities that are carried out in al-Qurna, this study counters the villagers' stereotypical representation as tomb robbers, and restores an understanding of who they are as people living their lives in the shadow of valued cultural heritage
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 443-465) and index
Subject Community life -- Egypt -- Qurna.
Qurna (Egypt) -- Economic conditions.
Qurna (Egypt) -- History.
Qurna (Egypt) -- Social conditions.
Qurna (Egypt) -- Social life and customs.
Thebes (Egypt : Extinct city)
ISBN 9774164032 (hbk.)
9789774164033 (hbk.)