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date: 21 August 2019

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The Valley of the Kings contains many royal and private burials from the New Kingdom; new tombs, caches, huts, walling systems, and other features are continually being discovered. This necropolis is inextricably linked to a broader ritual and secular landscape in West Thebes, with its patchwork of earlier and later settlements, desert routes, other royal tombs, memorial and cult temples, processional routes, palaces and villas, harbor basins and waterways, and private cemeteries, as well as a main town and a workmen’s village serving the production, maintenance, and security of both royal and private tombs. Remote sensing includes diverse space-, aerial-, and ground-based technologies, which are improving continuously and offer a cost-effective and efficient means of detecting surface, subsurface, and buried sites, structures, and features in this region. This remote sensing study has located a huge subsurface structure at Qurnet Murai that suggests a Coptic monastic complex, and hut clusters elsewhere.

Keywords: West Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Qurnet Murai, Malkata, Farshut Road, Thoth Hill, remote sensing, LiDAR, WorldView, ASTER

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