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The Royal Tombs Inside the Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is one of the most important parts of Egyptian history. This ancient place holds almost all the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. This burial site contains the bodies of pharaohs dating back to the 18th,19th, and 20th dynasties (1539 BCE to 1075 BCE).

This burial site can be found west of the Nile River in the hills behind Dayr-al-Bahri. This burial site has 62 known tombs including the one belonging to King Tut. Inside the pharaohs’ tombs, there would be markings and paintings of the kings as well as their treasures.

For that reason, they put the tombs in the valley but the tombs sank deeper into the mountain creating the Valley of the Kings. This place was created was because the pharaohs did not want their riches being stolen by tomb raiders. Unfortunately, they still were robbed by tomb raiders during the New Kingdom (1570 - 1069 BCE). Yet King Tut's treasures were untouched. The people of ancient Egypt even believed that there was a curse put on King Tut's tomb. The curse is said to be real because archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb and died a week later.

During burials of pharaohs, tombs symbolized and facilitated the unity of the deceased with the gods. In the pharaoh's tomb, each pharaoh was mummified to preserve their bodies. The bodies would be buried with many treasures since it was believed that a pharaoh would need them during the afterlife. These items included furniture, clothes, and lots of jewelry.

The Valley of the Kings has been researched for centuries and archaeologists still come across new discoveries. It is one of the most profound discoveries revolving around ancient Egypt.

[Sources: britannica.com; nationalgeographic.com]

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