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

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Thames & Hudson, 2008 - History - 224 pages
This account of the 'Valley of the Kings' brings together the art, archaeology, and history of this site in one 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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Everyone knows a little something about the amazing discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, but if you want to know about all the other, less spectacular perhaps, but equally interesting tombs, this is the ... Read full review

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I love this book. I've got many, many books about Egypt: both technical and popular, but I keep going back to this book for reference. The book has insights and nuggets of information compiled in interesting ways. The tomb diagrams are great. The history of exploration in the valley is well integrated with the diagrams and pictures. This book is a winner. 

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About the author (2008)

Richard H. Wilkinson is an archaeologist in the field of Egyptology. He is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.

A renowned Egyptologist and one of the world's leading experts on the period, Nicholas Reeves was for several years a Curator in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

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