ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Egypt and the Valley of the Kings

Updated on July 16, 2016
Your correspondent in Egypt
Your correspondent in Egypt

The Valley of the Kings is the burial site of over 62 of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt and one Queen of ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut. It is a limestone valley a few miles outside of Luxor. This is where the famed burial site of King Tut’s Tomb is.


The Kings of Egypt having been painfully aware of the fact that a pyramid was an invitation to grave robbers, decided to build tombs in a site which was secret. To that end they blindfolded workers on their way to the Valley of the Kings so that no worker would know where this valley was. Thus, the robbers didn't find the Valley until many years after it was built.


Another reason that they choose this site is because the sides of the valley, where all the tombs were eventually built, is made of limestone. This is a substance which is easy to cut, when compared to granite. Another reason this graveyard was limestone is it is always cool to the touch. An enemy to bodies, dehydration, is virtually unknown in this valley. Additionally, the shape of the limestone mountain is like a pyramid and this appealed to the Pharaohs.


Eventually the burial places of the kings were found and almost all looted. The sole exception is the tomb of King Tutankhamun, It was discovered next to the already known tomb of Ramses VI. What happened was this: when the workers were building the after-life residence of King Ramses VI they threw the stones into the front passage of Tut’s tomb, completely covering it. As the discoveries were made in the Valley of the Kings, the archaeologist, Howard Carter began earnestly and diligently searching for it.


One day in 1922 a workman, a boy, found a stairway leading eventually to Tut’s Tomb. The tomb had been superficially robbed but the robbers never figured how to get to the casket of King Tut. Carter noticed two black skinned, wooden statues standing in front of a wall which looked to him like it just might be the site of the mummified remains of King Tut. He dug a hole in the plaster and saw the tomb of King Tutankhamun, undisturbed for nearly 3500 years.


The next ten years were consumed with carefully removing, cataloging and negotiating how much of the treasure there was rightfully Carter’s. This was a long and hard negotiation and ultimately Carter got some of it and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo got the lion’s share. It is on display there and remains a source of pride to contemporary Egyptians.


There are several tombs which are open to the public on a daily basis, among them King Tut’s tomb, which costs 100 Egyptian Pounds (Approximately $14.25) to enter.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)