Discover King Tut's Mummy at the Valley of the Kings
If mummy curses don't scare you, you may want to visit the tomb of the famous King Tut in the Valley of the Kings. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert of Tutankhamun's nearly intact tomb received worldwide press coverage and sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask remains the popular symbol. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world.
Tips for Visiting the Valley of the King - Most people stay in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings is located across the Nile from Luxor. The cheapest way to get there is to take the ferry for one Egyptian pound (LE) or hire a water taxi for around ten pounds. From there you can hire a taxi to take you to the site. Entrance fees only include 3 tombs so choose carefully which tombs you want to see or buy an extra 3-tomb pass. Photography is not allowed. King Tut's Mummy is still located in his tomb and can be visited for an extra 100 LE. The tombs of the most famous pharohs like Ramses II and Seti I are closed to the public but can be entered for a cost of around 10,000 LE for those determined enough to make a deal with the officials.
Wikipedia - With the 2005 discovery of a new chamber (KV63), and the 2008 discovery of two further tomb entrances, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers (ranging in size from KV54, a simple pit, to KV5, a complex tomb with over 120 chambers). It was the principal burial place of the major royal figures of the Egyptian New Kingdom, together with those of a number of privileged nobles. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period. Almost all of the tombs seem to have been opened and robbed in antiquity, but they still give an idea of the opulence and power of the Pharaohs. This area has been a focus of archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs), and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world
Tombs opened in the East Valley of the Valley of the Kings
KV stands for Kings Valley, list from Wikipedia
KV1 – The tomb of Ramesses VII.
KV2 – The tomb of Ramesses IV.
KV3 – The tomb of an unnamed son of Ramesses III.
KV4 – The tomb of Ramesses XI.
KV5 – The recently rediscovered tomb of some of the sons of Ramesses II. With 120 known rooms and excavation work still underway, it is probably the largest tomb in the valley.
KV6 – The tomb of Ramesses IX.
KV7 – The tomb of Ramesses II.
KV8 – The tomb of Merenptah.
KV9 – Also known as the Tomb of Memnonor La Tombe de la Métempsychose, this is the tomb of Ramesses V and Ramesses VI.
KV10 – The tomb of Amenmesse.
KV11 – The tomb of Ramesses III (or Bruce's Tomb, The Harper's Tomb).
KV12 – The occupant of this tomb remains unknown. It was possibly a family tomb.
KV13 – The tomb of Bay and later Amenherkhepshef and Mentuherkhepshef.
KV14 – The tomb of Twosret, later reused by Setnakhte.
KV15 – The tomb of Seti II.
KV16 – The tomb of Ramesses I.
KV17 – The tomb of Seti I and is also known as Belzoni's tomb,the tomb of Apis, or the
tomb of Psammis, son of Necho.
KV18 – The tomb of Ramesses X.
KV19 – The tomb of Mentuherkhepshef.
KV20 – This was the originally the tomb of Hatshepsut and Thutmose I.
KV21, KV26, KV27, KV28, KV29, KV31, KV33, KV37, KV40, KV44 and KV59 – The original owners of these tombs are unknown.
KV30 – Known as Lord Belmore's
tomb. Its original occupant remains unknown.
KV32 – The tomb of Tia'a.
KV34 – The tomb of ThutmoseIII.
KV35 – This tomb was originally the tomb of Amenhotep II. Over a dozen mummies, many of them royal, were relocated here (see list).
KV36 – The tomb of the noble Maiherpri.
KV38 – The tomb of Thutmose I.
KV39 – Possibly the tomb of Amenhotep I.
KV41 – The original owner of this tomb is unclear, but it may have been Queen Tetisheri.
KV42 – The tomb of Hatshepsut-Meryetre.
KV43 – The tomb of Thutmose IV.
KV45 – The tomb of the noble Userhet.
KV46 – The tomb of the nobles Yuya and Tjuyu, who were possibly the parents of Queen Tiy. Until the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. this was the best preserved tomb to be found in the Valley.
KV47 – The tomb of Siptah.
KV48 – The tomb of the noble Anenemopet
KV49 – The original owner of this tomb is unknown, and it was possibly a store room.
KV50 – This tomb contains animal burials –which were possibly the pets of Amenhotep II, whose tomb is nearby.
KV51, KV52 and KV53 – These contained the burials of animals, and their precise location has been lost since their discovery.
KV54 – This was probably an embalming cache for the tomb of Tutankhamun.
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Where I Stayed
Sheraton Luxor Resort
Al Awameya · P.O. Box 43
Luxor 83951 · Egypt
Phone: 20 95 2274544
Canada, call: 1-800-325-3535
How to Get There - Fly to Luxor and take the ferry or a water taxi across the Nile then take a taxi to the Valley of the Kings.