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The Valley Of The Kings

The valley of the kings exists in Egypt as one, if not the largest, burial places of Egyptian royalty and nobility. It lasted for about 500 years, when every king was buried within the Theban Necropolis at the site. It stands opposite of Luxor, on the banks of the Nile in what used to be ancient Thebes. The site complex itself is continuously being excavated, and at last total the area encased a sum total of 63 tombs, with sizes ranging from a small, few feet in diameter pit area, to massive complexes by themselves containing hundreds of rooms. It is to be expected, in some way though, having been the burial spot of the nobility of the New Kingdom. Opulence is still shown in the tombs, though the majority of them have been robbed and pillaged.

The entire area has existed for quite sometime as a large scale excavation and archaeological expedition by multiple countries. The knowledge that can be gained, and the mysteries unlocked keep explores going, and governments and private contractors spending money on the digs. Multiple countries finance digs here, and some work together; yet there are those in competition as any other field to find the biggest and best discovery. That is most likely to continue with further discoveries being made on a regular basis.

The most popular and known find in the Valley was most likely King Tutankhamun, who most label as “King Tut”. Around the turn of the century, after having gone through many excavations and been declared barren, the famed expedition team led by Howard Carter, financed by Lord Carnavon, continued onward in the previously discovered tombs. Not long after the century shifted, they broke through a set of final walls, and came into the presence of the Sarcophagus and its famed and familiar gold covering. That is one of the moments sealing the Valley of the Kings into memory of the common populace.

The years ahead will most likely find more and more secrets, and tombs of lost kings and their families. Who knows, maybe we will find some long lost knowledge beneficial to our modern time? The Valley of the Kings; remaining a source of secrets for ages to come.

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