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The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings Richard H. Wilkinson (Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Arizona)

The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings By Richard H. Wilkinson (Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Arizona)

Summary

This Handbook offers an invaluable and up-to-date resource on this criticial and fascinating World Hertiage site.

The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings Summary

The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings by Richard H. Wilkinson (Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Arizona)

The royal necropolis of New Kingdom Egypt, known as the Valley of the Kings (KV), is one of the most important-and celebrated-archaeological sites in the world. Located on the west bank of the Nile river, about three miles west of modern Luxor, the valley is home to more than sixty tombs, all dating to the second millennium BCE. The most famous of these is the tomb of Tutankhamun, first discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. Other famous pharaoh's interred here include Hatshepsut, the only queen found in the valley, and Ramesses II, ancient Egypt's greatest ruler. Much has transpired in the study and exploration of the Valley of the Kings over the last few years. Several major discoveries have been made, notably the many-chambered KV5 (tomb of the sons of Ramesses II) and KV 63, a previously unknown tomb found in the heart of the valley. Many areas of the royal valley have been explored for the first time using new technologies, revealing ancient huts, shrines, and stelae. New studies of the DNA, filiation, cranio-facial reconstructions, and other aspects of the royal mummies have produced important and sometimes controversial results. The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings provides an up-to-date and thorough reference designed to fill a very real gap in the literature of Egyptology. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars, teachers, and researchers with an interest in this key area of Egyptian archaeology. First, introductory chapters locate the Valley of the Kings in space and time. Subsequent chapters offer focused examinations of individual tombs: their construction, content, development, and significance. Finally, the book discusses the current status of ongoing issues of preservation and archaeology, such as conservation, tourism, and site management. In addition to recent work mentioned above, aerial imaging, remote sensing, studies of the tombs' architectural and decorative symbolism, problems of conservation management, and studies of KV-related temples are just some of the aspects not covered in any other work on the Valley of the Kings. This volume promises to become the primary scholarly reference work on this important World Heritage Site.

About Richard H. Wilkinson (Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Arizona)

Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Arizona, author or editor of ten books, including Tausret. Kent R. Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, and author or editor of twelve books on ancient Egypt.

Table of Contents

Contributors Abbreviations Preface Part I: Introduction Richard H. Wilkinson and Kent R. Weeks Part II: The Natural Setting 1. Geology of the Valley of the Kings Judith M. Bunbury 2. Toponyms of the Valley of the Kings and its Approaches Kent R. Weeks 3. The Hydrology of the Valley of the Kings: Weather, Rainfall, Drainage Patterns and Flood Protection in Antiquity Andreas Dorn Part III: The Development of the Royal Necropolis 4. The Egyptian Concept of a Royal Necropolis John H. Taylor 5. Earlier Royal Tombs, the Royal Cemeteries of Thebes and the Beginnings of the Valley of the Kings Aidan Dodson Part IV: Tomb Construction and Development 6. The Royal Necropolis Workmen of Deir el-Medina Robert J. Demaree 7. Choosing the Location for a Royal Tomb; The Workmen's Techniques and Tools; Units of Measurement; KV Huts and Work Places Andreas Dorn 8. The Component Parts of KV Royal Tombs Kent R. Weeks 9. Collisions, Abandonments, Alterations, Tomb Commencements/Pits and Other Features in the Valley of the Kings Lyla Pinch-Brock Part V: Royal Tomb Decoration 10. The Technology of Royal Tomb Decoration Stephen Rickerby and Lori Wong 11. Iconography; Palaeography; Decorative Elements; Distribution and Development of Scenes Heather L. McCarthy Part VI: Individual KV Tombs 12. Royal Tombs of Dynasty Eighteen Catharine H. Roehrig 13. Royal Tombs of the Nineteenth Dynasty Hartwig Altenmueller 14. Royal Tombs in Dynasty Twenty Aidan Dodson 15. Other Tombs: Queens and Commoners in KV Susanne Bickel Part VII: Contents of Royal KV Tombs 16. Sarcophagi Aidan Dodson 17. Canopics Aidan Dodson 18. Other Tomb Goods Campbell Price Part VIII: Getting to the Afterlife 19. Mortuary Ritual in the Valley of the Kings Alexandra von Lieven 20. Symbolic Aspects of Royal Tombs Richard H. Wilkinson 21. The Royal Funerary Books: The Subject Matter of Scenes and Texts Joshua Roberson Part IX: Destruction, Desecration and Reuse 22. Damnatio Memoriae in the Valley of the Kings Richard H. Wilkinson 23. Usurpation and Reuse of Royal Tombs Richard H. Wilkinson 24. Intrusive Burials and Caches John H. Taylor Part X: Human Remains from the KV and their Study 25. Early Study and the Unwrapping of Mummies Rosalie David 26. Modern Biomedical Studies Rosalie David and Ryan Metcalfe 27. Recent Identity and Relationship Studies, Including X-Rays and DNA Ryan Metcalfe Part XI: The Administration of the KV in Dynastic Times 28. The Temples of Millions of Years at Western Thebes Martina Ullmann 29. Policing and Site Protection; Guard Posts; Enclosure Walls Carola Vogel 30. Tomb Robberies in the Valley of the Kings Ogden Goelet Part XII: The KV from the End of the New Kingdom to the Late 20th Century 31. Late Dynastic, Graeco-Roman and Christian Times; Post-New Kingdom Graffiti Filip Coppens 32. The History of KV Exploration Prior to the Late 20th Century Joyce Tyldesley Part XIII: The KV in the Late 20th and the 21st Century and Beyond 33. Remote Sensing in the Valley of the Kings and its Hinterlands Sarah H. Parcak and Gregory D. Mumford 34. The Search for Other Tombs Stephen W. Cross 35. Tomb Recording: Epigraphy, Photography, Digital Imaging, 3-D Surveys Adam Lowe 36. Conservation and Flood Protection Michael Jones 37. Tourism in the Valley of the Kings Kent R. Weeks 38. The Valley of the Kings in the Lives of Modern Egyptians: The People of Qurna Kees van der Spek Appendix Index

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The Oxford Handbook of the Valley of the Kings by Richard H. Wilkinson (Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, Regents' Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of Arizona)
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