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Conclusions and a Challenge

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/9789774164033.003.0014
Conclusions and a Challenge

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The historic and ethnographic material uncovered during this study reveals the Theban west bank as a rich and fascinating field site. Overshadowed and obscured by the practice and marginalizing dominance of a differently focused academic discipline and the wholesale global preoccupation with ancient Egypt that its practice and analyses continue to inspire, this study has attempted to return to Qurnawi, the degree of historic and contemporary visibility that their place in this archaeological landscape warrants, and the level of academic interest that its social and ethnographic specificity merits on its own terms. Greater insight into the social history and contemporary cultural expression of the former inhabitants of the Theban “City of the Dead” further exposes the color of the rich social fabric that this community of the living has brought and continues to bring to the Luxor west bank.

Keywords: Theban west bank; Qurnawi; social history; cultural expression; Luxor west bank

Chapter.  2997 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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