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date: 15 April 2021

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While the term usurpation is often found in Egyptological literature applying to the seizure of the royal throne, usurpation applies equally to the appropriation and reuse of royal monuments and specifically, in this chapter, to the reuse of tombs in the Valley of the Kings. A number of New Kingdom (NK) royal tombs—almost one in four—were appropriated and partly or wholly reused both during the NK and later. This chapter surveys the tombs known to have been usurped and examines the varying reasons for their appropriation.

Keywords: appropriation, damnatio, redecoration, status, tomb reuse, usurpation

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