Tag Archives: Qurna

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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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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Ascent to the Domain of the Moon God

Thoth Hill – apparently so-called after the great Egyptologist Flinders Petrie found a number of fragments dedicated to the god in the area – is one of the highest points of the Theban Hills. It lies on the other side … 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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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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