The Sacred Landscape of Dra Abu el-Naga during the New Kingdom

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In The Sacred Landscape of Dra Abu el-Naga during the New Kingdom, Ángeles Jiménez-Higueras offers the reconstruction of the physical, religious and cultural landscape of Dra Abu el-Naga south and its conceptual development from the 18th to the 20th Dynasties (1550-1069 BC). A wider insight into the Theban necropolis is provided, including the position played by the Dra Abu el-Naga cemetery within the Theban funerary context understood as an inseparable complex of diverse components. For this study, Ángeles Jiménez-Higueras has reconciled textual and archaeological perspectives with theories relating to Landscape Archaeology, which efficiently manages to compile and to link prosopographical-genealogical, archaeological and GIS (Geographical Information System) data.

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Ángeles Jiménez-Higueras, Ph.D. (2016), University of Liverpool, holds a ‘Juan de la Cierva’ Fellowship at CSIC (Madrid). She has published several articles about Dra Abu el-Naga, which includes her collaboration in the paper “Geomorphology of Dra Abu el-Naga (Egypt): The basis of the funerary sacred landscape”, Journal of African Earth Sciences 131 (2017): 233-250.
Acknowledgements
List of Figures, Maps, Diagrams and Tables

Introduction
 1 What This Book Is About. Structure of the Book: Aims and Research Questions
 2 Theban Necropolis and Dra Abu el-Naga: Main Characteristics and Development
 3 Literature Review and Brief History of the Research in Dra Abu el-Naga

Part 1 How the Tomb Owners Respond to the Landscape



1 Theoretical Approach: Landscape Archaeology

2 Distribution of the Tombs of Dra Abu el-Naga in the New Kingdom
 1 Parameters and Methodology

3 A Cluster of Ramesside Tombs in Dra Abu el-Naga South
 1 Chronology
 2 Titles
 3 Kinship
 4 Architectonical and Archaeological Factors
 5 Concluding Remarks

4 A Seemingly ‘Unplanned’ Territory
 1 The Case of the Tombs Dated from the Co-regency of Hatshepsut-Thutmose III, and the Reign of Thutmose III
 2 A Case of Territoriality Identity? Outsiders: Nobles of Non-Theban Origin
 3 The ‘Courtyard of Amun’, a Ritual Space in Dra Abu el-Naga Reserved for the Officials of the Amun Temple in Karnak
 4 Chronological or Administrative Entities’ Organisation of the Research Area?

Part 2 How the Landscape Affects the Tombs



5 Organisation of Dra Abu el-Naga and Its Religious Connection with Other Areas of the Theban Necropolis
 1 Parameters and Methodology

6 Visibility Analysis between Dra Abu el-Naga and the Main Areas of the Theban Necropolis
 1 A Tomb with a View: The Case of the Ramesside Cluster of Tombs in Dra Abu el-Naga South
 2 Views from a Seemingly ‘Unplanned’ Territory

7 Reconstruction of the Ancient Paths and Processional Routes
 1 Tombs Orientated to Processional Ways and Festival Routes
 2 Distribution and ‘Urbanism of the Necropolis’

Conclusion

Bibliography
Index
Egyptologists, Archaeologists and anyone interested in Ancient and Cultural History, History of Religions and Digital Humanities. Specialists interested in GIS and cartography, and geologists/geomorphologists attentive to the reconstruction of the palaeo-landscape.
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