Ancient Egypt and Us

Ancient Egyptian Tombs, The Valley of the Kings

For a period of nearly five-hundred years, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and a few very privileged nobles of the New Kingdom notably the 18th to 20th Dynasties. The valley of the kings lies on the west bank of the Nile opposite the Egyptian New Kingdom religious capital of Thebes (modern Luxor). It actually consists of two valleys, the East Valley where the vast majority of the royal tombs are located and the West Valley, which contains only two royal tombs. The valleys contain sixty two tombs, one of the smallest (only four rooms) insignificant king’s tomb belongs to Pharaoh Tutankhamen, the largest belongs to the sons of Pharaoh Ramesses 2 containing over 120 rooms. Most of the royal tombs are decorated with religious scenes and funerary rituals of the period. All of the tombs were reopened and at least partially robbed in antiquity.

Valley of the Kings