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The Undesired Tomb Dwellers in Egypt(26 images)

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  • Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Zeinab inside the tomb where she lives..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • An old picture of Zeinab hanging on the wall of the tomb where she lives..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Eltyeb, in front of his sister Zeinab's house, built on a Pharaonic tomb..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Mohamed Ahmed Ismail's niece, in front of her house, next to Mohamed's demolished house..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Mohamed Ahmed Ismail in front of his demolished house..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Mohamed Ahmed Ismail and his niece, inside the tomb that was part of his house, now demolished..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • The newly constructed Qurna village, built by the government to house the thousands of families from old Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Mohamed Ahmed Ismail in front of his brand-new house at new Qurna; the old door behind him was brought over from his demolished house, where many generations of his family lived.. Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Sid Ahmed making souvenirs to be sold to tourists..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • A member of the Ahmed family making souvenirs to be sold to tourists..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Graffitti done by Giovanni Battista Belzoni -- Italian showman, engineer and explorer of Egyptian antiquities at the Ramesseum. The British Consul General, Henry Salt, engaged Belzoni to travel to Thebes to remove the colossal stone head of Rameses II (The Young Memnon) to be delivered to the British Museum using the hydraulic machine Belzoni had invented. Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Mummies underground at the Ramesseum..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Fatma Mohamed feeding her pigeons, in her house at Qurna old village, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Detail of pictures on Fatma Mohamed's wall, including relatives, a foreign friend and Anwar Sadat..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Houses being demolished. Several houses in this block belong to the famous El-Rassoul family. At the bottom of the excavation, underneath where houses once existed, an entrance to a tomb is visible. The site inspector called it "an important model of a XXVI Dynasty tomb with some intact inscriptions" and a sealed burial chamber..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • 25-year-old Belgian egyptologist, Pierre Coussement, who has been visiting the village for eight years, leads a group of enthusiasts. On their way up to see the tombs at the Valley of the Nobles, they walk pass the debris of demolished houses, much to their regret as for them visitng the old village was an integral part of the experience of visiting Qurna..Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • A wedding in old Qurna follows the typical local traditions, with 3-day long celebrations, religious ceremonies and several lively parties all around the village..Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • This house will be demolished at any moment, as soon as the government allocates a new house for the family currently living here. .Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • An image of Egypt's president Muhammad Hosni Said Mubarak stands across the road from the part of Qurna where houses have been demolished the most. This is also the area previously known as an alabaster centre, where tourists would stop and buy handcraft directly from shops managed by villagers..Qurna, Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Brand-new visitors centre at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings. This model shows the valley's topography, with all the underground galleries and tombs. It's believed the government intends to create something similar at the Valley of the Nobles, as soon as the Qurna village is cleared from its inhabitants and their houses. .Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Tourists access the Valley of the Kings using a shuttle service. It's believed the government intends to create something similar at the Valley of the Nobles, as soon as the Qurna village is cleared from its inhabitants and their houses. The current informal experience through which tourists walk around and interact with villagers is expected to be substituted by a more formal, commercial, impersonal approach. .Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • Tourists at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings. It's believed the government intends to create something similar at the Valley of the Nobles, as soon as the Qurna village is cleared from its inhabitants and their houses. The current informal structure through which villagers sell their handcraft to tourists is expected to be substituted by accredited stalls such as these. .Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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  • A young man returns to Qurna after filling up his water container at the nearest water tap. Running water has always been denied to the village, allegedly to protect the archaeological patrimony underground. It also works as an incentive for villagers to change old Qurna for the new one, which has running water..Luxor, Egypt..Photo: Eduardo Martino
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