Valley of Kings
Deir el-Bahri
Luxor Temple
Valley of Kings


Sam's Exotic Travels to Valley of the Kings of the Egyptian New Kingdom, Luxor Egypt

This important site contains the burial tombs of most of the kings of the New Kingdom, dug into the hillsides. While this site was chosen to prevent tomb raiders and to keep the burial tombs intact, unfortunately almost all of the tombs were raided and contents stolen over the centuries, beginning with workers who helped built the tombs themselves.    As there are no photographs allowed inside the tombs, and there are no physical monuments or structures other than the tombs deep inside the surrounding hills, photo opportunities are limited.  The most famous tomb is that of Tutankhamun. While he died at 19 and was a minor ruler, his tomb is the only one found intact by Harold Carter in 1922 - and all of the objects in his burial chamber are on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

For more detail, here's what  has to say: Valley of the Kings is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs situated) and West Valley.

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The 2005 discovery of a new chamber, and the 2008 discovery of 2 further tomb entrances, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers (ranging in size from a simple pit to a complex tomb with over 120 chambers), and was the principal burial place of the major royal figures of the Egyptian New Kingdom, together with those of a number privileged nobles. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. All of the tombs seem to have been opened and robbed in antiquity, but they still give an idea of the opulence and power of the rulers of this time.

The area has been a focus of concentrated archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs), and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.   In 1979, it became a World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis.

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