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

Kees van der Spek

in The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164033
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617970917 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164033.003.0007
Protected Space as Domestic Place: Human Presence and the Emergence of the Built Environment in the Theban Necropolis

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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

Chapter.  8342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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