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Decorating the Tombs

The artists and workmen responsible for decorating the tombs used a variety of implements in wood, metal and stone in different stages of the process.

Development of Tombs

Knowledge of the early stages of New Kingdom royal tomb development is hampered by a lack of evidence.

Foundation Deposits

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.

Funerary Compositions

From the end of Dynasty 5 onward, religious texts were inscribed in the burial chambers of royal tombs.

Funerary Equipment

The types of funerary equipment Egyptians put into their tombs had become standardized long before the New Kingdom.

Geography and Geology of the Valley

The Valley of the Kings actually consists of two valleys that run northeast from the slopes of a prominent ridge along a high plateau into the Western Desert.

Tomb Builders

The village of Dayr al Madinah was home to the workmen who excavated and decorated the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley

The present numbering system for the sixty-five tombs in the Valley of the Kings was first established by John Gardiner Wilkinson in 1827 for his map of Thebes.

Tomb Robberies

From the day they were first sealed in antiquity, treasure-filled tombs in the Valley of the Kings were potential targets for theft.

Tombs in Collision

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.