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Thebes, Valley of the Kings, finds in the Petrie Museum

(2245' N 3236'E)

The kings of the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC) were buried in the 'Valley of the Kings', a desert valley west of Thebes, with some in a still more remote side-branch known as the West Valley. The burial chambers and approach corridors and halls were all carved out of the rock. Most of these tombs were emptied of their burial goods in remote antiquity (exception: Tutankhamun). Petrie did not excavate in the Valley, and the Petrie Museum therefore has few objects from these tombs: even the royal shabtis may come from other places than the royal tomb.

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Fragment from the wrappings of the mummy of king Thutmose II
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West Valley 22
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There is a vast bibliography on the Valley of the Kings and on the individual tombs it contains. As an introduction Hornung 1990a is very useful. A detailed map is provided by Weeks 2000.


 

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