What was in a royal tomb?
Knowledge of the early stages of New Kingdom royal tomb development is hampered by a lack of evidence.
While more commonly found in association with temple constructions, foundation deposits also have been unearthed at some royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
From the end of Dynasty 5 onward, religious texts were inscribed in the burial chambers of royal tombs.
The types of funerary equipment Egyptians put into their tombs had become standardized long before the New Kingdom.
At the end of the New Kingdom, Egypt entered a period of political and economic decline.
From the day they were first sealed in antiquity, treasure-filled tombs in the Valley of the Kings were potential targets for theft.