Category Archives: Tombs

Into the Mummy Pit

“Of some of these tombs many persons could not withstand the suffocating air, which often causes fainting. A vast quantity of dust rises, so fine that it enters into the throat and nostrils, and chokes the nose and mouth to … Continue reading

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A Descent to the Theban Underworld

Workers’ village of Deir el-Medina, Western Thebes, Sunday 3rd February 2008   It is now around 1 pm and I have a rare experience of turning up at a site when a significant number of tourists are already there. In … Continue reading

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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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Ramesses the Great

“What made Ramesses II great?” asked the new child-friendly item label in the British Museum gallery of Egyptian sculpture. The answer, according to the label, is that he was a great self-publicist. Well that’s a hard allegation to deny for … 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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No Comment: Demolition of Houses at Qurna, Luxor, Egypt, December 2010

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Encounters with a Man Called Snake. Part 2

“3,500 families will leave for a better life. It’s the most important resettlement operation since the rescue of Abu Simbel in Nubia forty years ago.” Samir Farag*, Governor of Luxor, 2008 “They will turn Qurna into a city of the … Continue reading

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Encounters with a Man called Snake. Part 1.

“The people of Gournou [Qurna] are superior to any other Arabs in cunning and deceit, and the most independent of any in Egypt. They boast of being the last that the French had been able to subdue… They never would … Continue reading

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