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.
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 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’


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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