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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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Site Management at the Valley of the Kings

Site Management at the Valley of the Kings

(p.241) 8 Site Management at the Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings

Kent Weeks

Nigel Hetherington

American University in Cairo Press

Any proposals regarding site management in the Valley of the Kings must be approved by a number of institutional stakeholders, which include the Office of the President, a number of government ministries, and the Luxor municipal authorities. The Antiquities Zone on the West Bank of the Nile must be divided into smaller zones for efficient administration, as the area supports several different uses (archaeological research vs. agriculture, public vs. private). The responsibilities of the staff members are not always well defined. Funding comes from a government budget allocation rather than directly from ticket revenue. A training program in Cultural Resource Management would improve both the competence and the morale of employees, with positive effects on the condition of the monuments and on the visitor experience. An overall management plan should include objectives for the site; inventory of protected items; disaster plans for fire, flood, and earthquake; and regulations that reflect current knowledge in conservation and visitor management. Infrastructure needs to be installed and maintained properly.

Keywords:   administration, disaster plan, funding, training, Valley of the Kings

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