The Complete Valley of the Kings: Tombs and Treasures of Egypt's Greatest Pharaohs


"For all those interested in the burial practices in New Kingdom Egypt, this should be the first book to consult. " —Journal of the American Oriental Society

This account of the Valley of the Kings brings together the art, archaeology, and history of this incredible site in one exciting volume.

The authors, both acknowledged authorities, examine the topography of the ...
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"For all those interested in the burial practices in New Kingdom Egypt, this should be the first book to consult. " —Journal of the American Oriental Society

This account of the Valley of the Kings brings together the art, archaeology, and history of this incredible site in one exciting volume.

The authors, both acknowledged authorities, examine the topography of the Valley, the choice of specific tomb sites, the makeup of the workforce, and how the royal monuments were prepared for the king's afterlife. They tell the story of the chroniclers and archaeologists throughout history, and catalogue all the Valley's burials, describing for each its discovery, architecture, decoration, and contents. And, in three final sections, they discuss the robbing of the Valley in antiquity, the hiding of the royal mummies, and the urgent steps now needed to safeguard the royal necropolis for future generations. 532 illustrations, 76 in color.
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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Claire Rosser
This is the most up-to-date single volume on the Valley of the Kings, where the New Kingdom pharaohs of ancient Egypt were buried. The most well-known burial there is that of Tutankhamun, but there are many less well-known royal tombs (almost all pillaged in antiquity) that are extremely interesting, nonetheless. Every tomb in the Valley of the Kings is considered, accompanied by a plan and photos. Each tomb's contents are itemized and discussed; a useful "Factfile" is provided for each tomb, which lists the excavator(s), tomb number, and most important bibliography. After an introduction, chronology, and map of the Valley of the Kings, the book is organized into four chapters entitled "Preparations for the Afterlife," "Agents of Discovery," "Tombs of the Kings," and "Decline of a Royal Necropolis." The recently much hyped KV5, an enormity of rooms (65 to date) filled with incredible amounts of rubble (which Howard Carter probably rightly gave up clearing) is claimed as a tomb for the 50 or more sons of Ramesses II. Of course Tutankhamun's tomb is treated in some detail. There is even a section on the animal tombs, including one with a mummified monkey and dog. The authors, who are experts, have provided the general reader with a well-informed discussion of every aspect of the Valley of the Kings. Reviewer: Claire Rosser
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500284032
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 989,175
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Reeves has written numerous books on ancient Egypt, including The Complete Tutankhamun. Richard H. Wilkinson's books include Reading Egyptian Art.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     6
Chronology     9
Map of the Valley of the Kings     10
Preparations for the Afterlife
Royal Tombs After the Pyramids     14
The Topography of Western Thebes     16
The Geology of the Royal Valley     20
Pharaoh's Workforce: The Villagers of Deir el-Medina     22
Planning a Royal Tomb: Design and Symbolism     25
Cutting the Tombs     28
Graffiti and Ostraca     31
Decorating the Walls: Art, Religion and Symbolism     33
Stocking the Chambers: What the Dead Took with Them     38
Pharaoh Joins the Gods     44
Agents of Discovery
Tourists in Ancient Times     50
Early Travellers     52
Antiquaries and Savants     54
Belzoni the 'Patagonian Sampson'     56
The Dilettantes     61
The Great Expeditions     64
The Valley in Transition 1844-1899     67
Howard Carter and the Service des Antiquites     70
Theodore Davis: A New Tomb Every Season     73
Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter     81
Tombs of the Kings
The Search for the Tomb of Amenophis I     88
The Early Tuthmosids     91
TheTombs of Tuthmosis IV and Amenophis III     105
The Enigma of Akhenaten's Tomb     116
Tutankhamun and His Successors     122
Horemheb to Sethos I     130
The Tombs of Ramesses II and His Sons     140
From Amenmesse to Sethnakhte     150
The Later Ramessids     159
Tombs of the Nobles     174
Decline of a Royal Necropolis
Robbers!     190
The Royal Mummies     194
The Face of Pharaoh     200
Deciphering the Dockets     202
Epilogue     208
Visiting the Royal Valley     212
Further Reading     213
Acknowledgments     217
Sources of Quotations     218
Index     220
Illustration Credits     224
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    Comprehensive Valley of the Kings Book

    Completing this book took quite a while due to the detail provided on each and every page. I wish I had had this book before I visited Egypt and the Valley of the Kings. I can now revisit, in detail, this compelling part of Egypt that I could not due to the lack of time during my first visit. Excellent photographs, historical references, illustrations, etc. I recommend this book to anyone contemplating a visit.

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