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

ISBN-10: 0500284032
ISBN-13: 9780500284032
Edition: 2008
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Description: "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  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

"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.

Introduction
Chronology
Map of the Valley of the Kings
Preparations for the Afterlife
Royal Tombs After the Pyramids
The Topography of Western Thebes
The Geology of the Royal Valley
Pharaoh's Workforce: The Villagers of Deir el-Medina
Planning a Royal Tomb: Design and Symbolism
Cutting the Tombs
Graffiti and Ostraca
Decorating the Walls: Art, Religion and Symbolism
Stocking the Chambers: What the Dead Took with Them
Pharaoh Joins the Gods
Agents of Discovery
Tourists in Ancient Times
Early Travellers
Antiquaries and Savants
Belzoni the 'Patagonian Sampson'
The Dilettantes
The Great Expeditions
The Valley in Transition 1844-1899
Howard Carter and the Service des Antiquites
Theodore Davis: A New Tomb Every Season
Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter
Tombs of the Kings
The Search for the Tomb of Amenophis I
The Early Tuthmosids
The Tombs of Tuthmosis IV and Amenophis III
The Enigma of Akhenaten's Tomb
Tutankhamun and His Successors
Horemheb to Sethos I
The Tombs of Ramesses II and His Sons
From Amenmesse to Sethnakhte
The Later Ramessids
Tombs of the Nobles
Decline of a Royal Necropolis
Robbers!
The Royal Mummies
The Face of Pharaoh
Deciphering the Dockets
Epilogue
Visiting the Royal Valley
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Sources of Quotations
Index
Illustration Credits

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