The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

History, Life, and Work in the Villages of the Theban West Bank

Kees van der Spek
Foreword by Kent R. Weeks

Until their recent demolition, the colorful mud-brick hamlets of al-Qurna village, situated among the Noble Tombs of the Theban Necropolis on the Luxo

English edition
532 pp.
107 b/w photographs
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774164033
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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.

Kees van der Spek

KEES VAN DER SPEK is an independent scholar who lives and works in Canberra, Australia.

Kent R. Weeks

Kent Weeks is professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Theban Mapping Project. Araldo De Luca is the world’s leading photographer of statuary and jewelry. His work can be seen in Treasures of the Egyptian Museum and Tutankhamun (AUC Press, 1999 and 2000). Contributors: Hartwig Altenmüller, Mohammmed A. el-Bialy, Morris L. Bierbrier, Peter Brand, Edwin C. Brock, Betsy M. Bryan, Rita E. Freed, Melinda K. Hartwig, Erik Hornung, T.G.H. James, Christian Leblanc, and Lyla Pinch-Brock.
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