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What is an Ancient Egyptian Tomb?
The Burial Place designed to ensure the deceased’s infinite protection for their earthly rest; a place for mourners to perform rituals to assist the deceased with their accession to the Afterlife; and a Resurrection Machine, which would help the deceased to reunite their soul with their body after death
The way that Tombs were built was essential
As an Ancient Egyptian, lack of proper preparation for your death in life could lead to your damnation in the Afterlife
Nearly all Tombs are on the West Bank of the Nile; the setting of the sun in the West represented the death of the Sun God Ra at the end of each day and so the deceased belonged on this side of the Nile
The most Famous Tombs in Egypt: The Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles near Luxor
The Valleys are unequalled within Egypt. They include the Valleys which primarily hold the Pharaoh; the Valleys which primarily hold the Queens and then the Valley of the Nobles. The Valleys are contained within the Theban Necropolis which is on the West Bank of the Nile opposite modern day Luxor, tucked within the Theban Hills, behind the Temples of Millions of Years at Deir el-Bahri.
The Valleys were in used from the 17th to the 20th Dynasties and were then randomly used again in the Romans and then Coptic Periods. In 1979 the Theban Necropolis sites were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.