Qurnawi Foothills Architecture: Footprint, Form, and Function

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:
Qurnawi Foothills Architecture: Footprint, Form, and Function

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This chapter discusses the architectural assemblage typical of the Theban Necropolis. The evolving domestic floor plan eventually came to comprise a footprint which still included the ancient funerary spaces, the new above-ground architectural forms, and the traditional mud structures characteristic of Upper Egypt. As a rule, the following individual components can be recognized: the main dwelling proper, but often still abutting an ancient funerary space, which no longer supported any artwork in need of protection and upon which no prohibitions limiting domestic use were evidently placed; the tomb forecourt, serving as exterior living space; the hush, the enclosure for the family donkey, where often also the furn, the domed oven, was located; and the array of thin, mud-walled storage bins, now rarely used and any remnant specimen increasingly under threat of destruction. This chapter reviews each of these component elements more closely.

Keywords: architectural assemblage; Theban Necropolis; domestic floor plan; tomb forecourt; hush; furn

Chapter.  4180 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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