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Book Review - The Complete Valley of the Kings - Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson

Updated: Jun 19, 2021


Here is the definitive account of the Valley of the Kings, visited by millions of tourists and famous throughout the world as the burial place of the great New Kingdom pharaohs. Some eighty tombs were dug in the valley at the height of Egyptian power more than 3,000 years ago, their chambers stocked with incredible treasures and decorated with magnificent wall paintings. It was here, in 1922, that Howard Carter stumbled upon the virtually intact tomb of the boy-king, Tutankhamun. Recently the valley has made international headlines with the discovery of the burial chapels of Ramesses the Great's many sons; The Complete Valley of the Kings is the first book to publish an account of these remarkable findings.

The Complete Valley of the Kings is the first book to precisely catalog these tombs and provide specific details on how they were created. Written by Nicolas Reeves and Richard Wilkinson, the publication has become the main resource for Egyptologists and tourists who wish to learn about the site before visiting. This is, without a doubt, the very best book on the Valley of the Kings.

This work explains the first tombs after the pyramids, and discusses the funeral cult involving the various Egyptian gods. A detailed account of the archaeological history is provided before breaking down each tomb in chronological order. If you are familiar with the Complete Series by Thames and Hudson Publishing, then you know the quality of this book is incredible! The photographs are beautiful and the diagrams are incomparable to anything else around.

Similar to the Complete Pyramids, by Mark Lehner, and by the same author of The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt, Richard Wilkinson, this book is the top of the list for anyone interested in the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt.

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