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By Richard H. Wilkinson,Kent Weeks

The royal necropolis of recent country Egypt, referred to as the Valley of the Kings (KV), is likely one of the such a lot important--and celebrated--archaeological websites on the planet. situated at the west financial institution of the Nile river, approximately 3 miles west of recent Luxor, the valley is domestic to greater than sixty tombs, all relationship to the second one millennium BCE. the main well-known of those is the tomb of Tutankhamun, first found by means of Howard Carter in 1922. different well-known pharaoh's interred the following comprise Hatshepsut, the single queen present in the valley, and Ramesses II, historic Egypt's maximum ruler. a lot has transpired within the learn and exploration of the Valley of the Kings during the last few years. a number of significant discoveries were made, particularly the many-chambered KV5 (tomb of the sons of Ramesses II) and KV sixty three, a formerly unknown tomb present in the center of the valley. Many parts of the royal valley were explored for the 1st time utilizing new applied sciences, revealing historic huts, shrines, and stelae. New reviews of the DNA, filiation, cranio-facial reconstructions, and different features of the royal mummies have produced vital and occasionally arguable effects.
The Oxford guide of the Valley of the Kings offers an up to date and thorough reference designed to fill a really actual hole within the literature of Egyptology. it will likely be a useful source for students, lecturers, and researchers with an curiosity during this key region of Egyptian archaeology. First, introductory chapters find the Valley of the Kings in house and time. next chapters supply concentrated examinations of person tombs: their building, content material, improvement, and importance. ultimately, the ebook discusses the present prestige of ongoing problems with renovation and archaeology, resembling conservation, tourism, and placement administration. as well as fresh paintings pointed out above, aerial imaging, distant sensing, reports of the tombs' architectural and ornamental symbolism, difficulties of conservation web site administration, and stories of KV-related temples are only a number of the facets now not lined in the other paintings at the Valley of the Kings. This quantity grants to develop into the first scholarly reference paintings in this vital international historical past Site.

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