from drawings in the Robert Hay Manuscript collection in the
British Library. Drawn by Robert Hay 1826-32
drawing shows an extended family living in a multi-tombed area
in the Asasif (the area between Hatshepsut's Temple and the
fields). The pyramidal peak of the Qurn can just be seen in
the background. The family is busy outdoors early in the morning
before it gets too hot. A wide variety of 'mud things' can be
seen outside the interior tomb-dwellings.
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Detail from one
of the 360 degree panoramas of Qurna. This shows a group of
men digging for mummies or antiquities at the base of the
hill in the Nobles Tombs area. This is very close to where
the empty Omda House now stands, just west of the Horubat
Mosque. One of the men looking on is probably as overseer,
paid by an employer with a licence or 'firman' to excavate
and export antiquities.
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on Qurnawi and antiquities.
This drawing of
Seti 1 temple shows the annual inundation covering the eastern
area of the temple complex. The low walls on the left are
the walls to the palm groves mentioned by E W Lane in his
Description of Egypt. It was in this area that the medieval
and 18th century village of Qurna stood.
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of Qurna village.
Panoramas show all the houses in the Nobles Tombs area. High
on the hillside is the tomb-house of Sir Gardner Wilkinson
with its towers and mud-brick out-houses. Wilkinson was one
of an important group of artist-scholars who lived and worked
in Qurna for many years. The house was the home of generations
of Egyptologists long after Wilkinson had returned to England.
Wilkinson's extensive publications included his "Manners
and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians", "Handbook
for Travellers in Egypt" , "Modern Egypt and Thebes",
and the maps of the "Survey of Thebes".
This detail, from
a three page panorama drawn from a point at the east end of
the Muslim cemetery, shows these three domed shrines of local
saints. Two of these still stand, and one is thought to be
of Fatimid date - 10th-12th century AD. It is the earliest
Islamic building still standing in the Qurna area. The drawings
also show people on the main north-south road on the west
bank, which skirts the eastern edge of the cemetery.
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