Trip: Journey to Egypt, summer 2003.
Location: In central Egypt, near Thebes (modern Luxor), on the west bank of the Nile river.
Description & History:
Part of Theban Necropolis, place where Egyptian kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom were buried. The Valley was used for primary burials from the 16th to 11th century BC (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). There were discovered 63 rock-cut tombs. The first king buried in the Valley was Thutmose I and the last was Ramesses X or XI.
Tombs are different in size and construction, some of them are complex with over 120 chambers, some are simple pits.
Many of royal tombs are well decorated in carved and painted relief with scenes from Egyptian mythology. Tombs that belonged to nobles are usually undecorated. Probably all of the tombs were robbed in ancient times.
Tip: Extremely hot place - take a huge bottle of water with you;)