V is for Valley of the Kings
I used to love learning about the Valley of the Kings. The name just sounds so magical.
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- The Valley of the Kings is a desert valley, and is located to the west of Thebes. Despite its name, only a minority of tombs was built for members of the royal family.
- There are two main branches: the East Valley, where most of the royal tombs are, and the West Valley, where only the tombs of Amenhotep III and Ay are located.
- Each of the tombs have fallen victim to tomb robbers, although the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered almost intact in 1922.
- The mummies were eventually moved to secret caches, to protect them from damage and salvage the remaining treasures from the tombs. Not all of the royal mummies have been found, so there may be a third cache, as yet undiscovered.
- The only royal mummies found in their own tombs were Amenhotep II, who was re-buried in his tomb by 21st Dynasty priests, and Tutankhamun.
- There are over 60 tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Some are small tombs, just a large hole in the ground, while others have over 100 underground chambers.
- The most famous tomb in the Valley of the Kings is that of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. It was well hidden; it had been mostly untouched by thieves and vandals. It was found under the remains of some workmen's huts, which could be why it had not been found before. Many treasures were found in the tomb, including a gold mask, a solid gold inner coffin and Tutankhamun's mummy itself.
- Tourists today can visit many of the tombs, including that of Tutankhamun (another reason I would love to visit Egypt one day).