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date: 30 March 2020

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This handbook is intended as an up-to-date and thorough reference on the Valley of the Kings (KV), the burial place for most of the kings and several nonroyal members of the elite belonging to Egypt’s Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Dynasties (approximately 1550 to 1000 B.C.E.). The KV’s tombs, pits, caches, and many other features offer a glimpse into the riches and afterlife beliefs of the pharaohs interred there. Today, the KV is considered one of the most important centerpieces used to showcase modern Egypt’s past and has also become the focus of a virtual subfield of Egyptology. In this introduction, research on the KV, including Elizabeth Thomas’s landmark 1966 work, The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes, is discussed. The twenty-one royal tombs in the KV are also listed, along with the New Kingdom rulers of Egypt from Ahmose to Ramesses XI. Finally, maps of the KV and surrounding areas are presented.

Keywords: Valley of the Kings, Egypt, pharaohs, Egyptology, royal tombs, Elizabeth Thomas, The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes, New Kingdom

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