Category Archives: Contemporary

Encounters with a Man called Snake. Part 4.

Tuesday 13th January 2015 When I reach New Qurna I am surprised at how “established” this new town on the edge of the desert has become in less than seven years. Despite receiving Emad’s directions on Facebook Messenger earlier in … Continue reading

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Aswan: Gateway to Nubia (Part 2)

In a few strokes of the oars we three men in a boat are approaching the western shore of Elephantine, the largest of the Nile islands at Aswan. A row of feluccas are moored against the bank and a background … Continue reading

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Aswan: Gateway to Nubia (Part 1)

Below the Monastery of St Simeon, Aswan, Sunday 25th January, 2009 I thank the guardians as I leave the monastery gate and scramble down one of the rocky paths to the sandy one below. I expect the GPS needle to … Continue reading

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Coming together

Luxor west bank, Tuesday 27th January, 2009 On Saturday Ahmed had suggested the idea of combining the Temple of Seti and the Tombs of the Nobles with a visit to the local market at Qurna where the people of the west … Continue reading

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Destruction of homes in Alexandria

Once again, the poorest people have to make way for ‘development’ (courtesy of Ahram Online)

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Update: Qurna Appreciated

Following on from my essays on Mohamed Snake and the destruction of the villages of Qurna I was very pleased to see that a new book has been written by the anthropologist Dr Kees van der Spek under the title … Continue reading

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Encounters with a Man called Snake. Part 3.

“We have decided to demolish most of the old buildings above the tombs to remove the sight pollution, but we did choose to preserve 25 of them in order to keep a record of the history and heritage of the … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (4)

[Voice recording made 31st January 2008]

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (3)

[31st January, 2008] It is still not 9.00 a.m. and I am literally high on solitude. After taking photos and making a digital voice recording for posterity, it is time to set off for my next destination, the tomb of … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Gods and Kings (2)

[Voice recording made 31st January 2008]

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