A Differential GPS Mapping Project of the
Private Tombs of Sheikh Abd el-Qurnah
October 2005 - June 2006
Data Collection and Field Investigation: Peter A. Piccione, Ph. D.
Lab Investigation: Norman S. Levine, Ph. D.
The Satellite Survey of the Theban Necropolis is an archaeological and historical mapping project based in the cemeteries of Western Thebes employing satellite-based remote sensing. The necropolis of Western Thebes is located in central Egypt on the West Bank of the Nile River opposite the modern city of Luxor. The district today is named Sheikh Abd el-Qurnah, and it encompasses about eight square kilometers of various cemeteries and temples stretching along the edge of the cultivation and the Western Desert. Today it contains several thousand burials, including the famous royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, as well as the elaborate rock-cut private tombs and mastabas of the elite and the simple burial pits of the middle and lower classes. Historically, these cemeteries serviced the ancient city of Thebes, which now lies beneath Luxor, as well as the communities of priests serving in the temples of the district and the local farming villages.