Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations

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:
Agriculture, Conflict, and the Maintenance of Stable Social Relations

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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

Chapter.  17272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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