News, events and Egyptology from Luxor, copyright Jane Akshar
Did they tear down that last building which had the displays of the history of Qurna? I visited the house in mid-May (it had the old wooden wheel outside of the door), and I was wondering if I was one of the last folks to see it.
Thanks Jane. I can't believe they did that. Amazing.
What a tragedy...this is indeed a sad day for the cultural history of "modern" Thebes. I always identified Qurna with the activities of early 18th/19th century explorers -by their inhabitants' participation as workers, tomb "finders", antiquities traders, etc...How can all this be now gone?? There is a house dedicated to H. Carter..why not to the village of Qurna? IMO, this was too hasty a decision...
I also seem to recall reading somewhere on this blog about other historically important buildings that had to be destroyed along the expansion of the avenue of sphinxes by Luxor Temple..I guess moving them was not an option? I don't know if mud-brick construction lends itself well to relocation...
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