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date: 28 March 2020

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From the moment they were sealed, the treasure-filled tombs in the Valley of the Kings became an attractive target for robbery. It thus must have been a major task of the Theban authorities to guarantee the safety of the royal necropolis through a complex security system. There are numerous sources at our disposal to investigate this subject, but their content is very restricted. This is mainly due to their sporadic occurrence and significance for the period under discussion. Moreover, our comprehension of the entire period in question is limited by the lack of archaeological evidence. The chronological inconsistency and uneven distribution of textual and archaeological data should be kept in mind when discussing the question of how the site was secured. Moreover, we have to distinguish between general long-term measures and swift action called for in specific situations.

Keywords: security, doorkeeper, guard, Medjay, Captain of the Medjay, wall, guard post, watch post, fortress, administrative outpost (of the necropolis)

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