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The Valley of the KingsA Site Management Handbook$
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Kent R. Weeks and Nigel J. Hetherington

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166082

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166082.001.0001

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Introduction to the Site

Introduction to the Site

(p.1) 1 Introduction to the Site
The Valley of the Kings

Kent Weeks

Nigel Hetherington

American University in Cairo Press

Thebes is one of the largest, richest, and best-known archaeological sites in the world. It includes the two huge temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor, as well as thousands of tombs, scores of smaller temples, and numerous other buildings. This chapter briefly reviews the history of the area, discusses the sometimes debated boundaries of the protected area, and describes the general construction and decoration of the tombs.

Keywords:   Egypt, Karnak, Luxor, temple, Thebes, World Heritage Site

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