Skip to comments.ARTP Radar Survey of the Valley of the Kings
Posted on 06/16/2013 4:39:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The Amarna Royal Tombs Project's GPR (ground-penetrating radar) survey of the Valley of the Kings, undertaken in August 2000 by Hirokatsu Watanabe, was an experimental exercise carried out with the intention that it would be tested in due course by supplementary survey and actual excavation. Since ARTP was denied the opportunity of seeing through that vital second stage, the initial results, though promising, remained unproven. We could responsibly do little beyond keep the data on file, with a view to their eventual publication as an intriguing though sadly speculative annexe to ARTP's final report.
In 2005, however, this impasse was effectively broken by Otto Schaden's uncovering of tomb KV63 - one of the intriguing anomalies which ARTP had picked up in its 2000 survey (see Feature 6 below). This discovery conveniently provided what we had hitherto lacked: confirmation that at least one of our radar readings was valid, and on the basis of this it was possible to assess with a more informed eye the potential of our remaining data. The following year, 2006, ARTP ventured the possible existence of a second new tomb in this same central part of the Valley (Feature 5 = 'KV64') and, concerned by the implications, stressed the need for a state-of-the-art approach to any and all future work undertaken here.
It is a basic responsibility of all expeditions to publish their findings, though it is a decision in this instance which has not been taken lightly. With the uncovering of KV63 in 2005, however, it was evident that further intensive efforts in the Valley of the Kings were a foregone conclusion.
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Theban Mapping Project (Valley of the Kings etc)
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Posted on 01/13/2005 8:03:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
More tombs likely found in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings
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Royal Tomb — Amarna The Place — Amarna Project
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Tomb K64 in the Valley of the Kings — The Story as it Broke
I wished I had gone on a dig or two when I was young,, ya never know, you might get lucky and find a tomb .. or some petrified camel dung the royal dung beetles missed. What a long history Egypt has, much of it still buried.
happy fathers day
:’) I hope yours was great!
Egypt’s unusual in that a great many monuments have survived at varied levels of preservation. The extreme antiquity even seems to have mystified the ancient Egyptians themselves. Some of the Old Kingdom stone structures were dismantled to build other stuff, and the only way they’re known at all is that bas relief and such wound up incorporated into, for example, Middle Kingdom structures, when most structures including mortuary monuments were being constructed of mud brick. That’s the period when the Israelites were in bondage; the Canal of Joseph still exists, is still called that, and was constructed at that time to irrigate the Fayyum and eventually provide water to make the mud.
During the New Kingdom, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut built the now-restored temple east of the Nile; she chose a site smack dab next to a Middle Kingdom monument (stone, apparently no brick) that had been constructed by one of the Mentuhoteps. Just a few years back, one of her obelisks was found to have been erected over a buried statue of, I think, the same pharaoh Mentuhotep. I don’t think there’s any surviving texts which explain why she felt an affinity with him.
True tourism in Egypt seems to have begun with the Greeks. They seem to have started the pasttime of carving graffiti into various walls and monuments, including the so-called Memnon colossi. This continued under the Romans. The Great Pyramid was still covered with its smooth limestone facing blocks, but was opened up for tourists apparently before the Romans conquered Egypt. It remained open for hundreds of years, finally resealed during Byzantine times.
After the muzzies took over, they spent some time stripping the Giza pyramids of their limestone facing blocks for other construction, and eventually, not being able to figure out exactly where the original entrance was (or perhaps finding the old Greek or Roman entrance which had been resealed), dug the hole into the Great Pyramid’s Grand Gallery which is still used by tourists today. One of the caliphs decided to tear them down entirely, and had his crews start work on Menkaure, the smallest of the three major pyramids there. They worked for half a year, but failed to cause very much damage. Someone working for the caliph calculated (probably using classical math) how many years it would take at that pace to finish the small one and take down the much larger other two, and the demolition was abandoned.