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date: 24 August 2019

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Occasional heavy rainfall is a well-documented occurrence in the Egyptian deserts, and its consequencies have been documented in both the archaeological record and contemporary accounts. Flash floods that frequently follow such downpours have created a landscape of ravines and gullies that are periodically activated by sudden storms and turned into riverbeds of fast-moving water. The Valley of the Kings is part of such a natural drainage system. The destructive effects of flooding and the consequent need for conservation and site management coincide in the valley, privileged during the New Kingdom as the location for royal burials and in modern times as a major scholarly and touristic resource. Despite some improvements since the heavy rains in 1994, a comprehensive project to protect the site has yet to be carried out, and the valley and the tombs remain vulnerable.

Keywords: rainfall, floods, flash floods, drainage system, scholarly resource, touristic resource, site vulnerability

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