What was in a royal tomb?
The reasons New Kingdom kings chose the East Valley of the Kings for their burials are unclear.
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.
The Valley of the Kings was used for over five hundred years and as more and more tombs were dug there the site became increasingly crowded.