Monday, August 09, 2010

New Book: The Modern Neighbours of Tutankhamun (and other books)

The American University in Cairo Press

Thanks to Jane Akshar for letting her readers know that this book is now available. The AUC website above says that this title is not available for purchase yet, but it should be available in February 2011. I'll have forgotten by then so I suggest you keep an eye open if you're interested!

There are also details of some excellent looking new titles from the AUC page on their New Books and Forthcoming Publications pages.

A forthcoming title is a guide to the Luxor Museum in the AUC's gorgeous Illustrated Guide series.

Also on my Christmas list is the Decorated Burial Chambers of the Old Kingdom by Egyptian Egyptologist Professor Naguib Kanawati, who is currently at Macquarie University in Australia. I've been doing a bit of research into Egyptology as practised by Egyptian archaeologists and Egyptologists recently, and its nice to see one of my subjects in print yet again.

The Modern Neighbors of Tutankhamun
Kees van der Spek

A historical–anthropological study of the people who lived in the antiquities precinct of Luxor’s West Bank 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 laborors 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.

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