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King's Valley

The Valleys - The Places

What: The Burial place of the Pharaohs, a few Queens and some other members of the Royal Family. In all Valleys combined there are 110 Tombs

Known as: Ta Sekhet Ma’at, the Great Field: or in Hieroglyphs as The Great and Majestic Necropolis of the Millions of Years of the Pharaoh, Life, Strength, Health in The West of Thebes”

When: In use from 17th to the 20th Dynasty during the Ancient Egyptian Period until the Roman and then Coptic Period. In 1979 UNESCO added the site, along with other in the Theban Necropolis to its World Heritage list

Where: Theban Necropolis, across the other side of the Theban Hills from the Queen’s Valley with the Artisan’s Village at Deir el Medina positioned in between

Why here: The Wadi has 2 separate Valleys, the East Valley holds the majority of the Royal Tombs and the West Valley.The Valley seems to have been selected for its hidden appearance, the highest Hill in the area, known as Peak Hill, which resembles a Pyramid and the fact that the Valley and its occupants could be guarded closely by the Medjay. To learn about the Medjay, click here.


Click on the Image to learn about the Geology and Geography of the Valley of the Kings

Brief History

Click on the Image to read about a brief summary of the history of the Valley of the Kings


Click on the Image to view a list of Map of the Burials 

KV17: Tomb of Seti I


KV11: Tomb of Ramses III

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Mummy Cache

Click on the Image to visit where the 21st Dynasty Priests of Thebes hid the Royal Mummies when they were being robbed inside their own Tombs.

KV7: Tomb of Ramses II


KV62: Tomb of Tutankhamun

Click on the Image to visit the Tomb in the Valley of the Kings, learn about how the Tomb was discovered, see the Funeral Goods, the infamous Death Mask and other treasures

KV46: Tomb of Yuya & Thuya

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