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The Valley of the Kings: A Site Management Handbook

Kent R. Weeks and Nigel J. Hetherington


During the New Kingdom (c. 1570–1070 bce), the Valley of the Kings was the burial place of Egypt's pharaohs, including such powerful and famous rulers as Amenhotep III, Rameses II, and Tutankhamen. They were buried here in large and beautifully decorated tombs that have become among the country's most visited archaeological sites. The tourists contribute millions of badly needed dollars to Egypt's economy. But because of inadequate planning, these same visitors are destroying the very tombs they come to see. Crowding, pollution, changes in the tombs’ air quality, ever-growing tourist infrastru ... More

Keywords: burial, Egypt, preservation, Thebes, tombs, tourism, Valley of the Kings, World Heritage Site, World Monuments Fund

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166082
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166082.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent R. Weeks, author
American University in Cairo

Nigel J. Hetherington, author
University College London; Past Preservers