Monday, April 06, 2009

Valley of the Kings

The kings (Pharaohs) in Wast (Thebes/Luxor) around 1500 BC decided that publicizing their tombs and the riches in their tombs with large temples just made it easier for grave robbers. They decided to hide their tombs in undergound chambers in a desert valley on the west side of the Nile. (It didn't work).

The Valley of the Kings is breathtaking landscape. Totally barren desert--not one plant visible. Limestone outcropings and limestone gravel under foot (no, not sand). The valley was chosen because the ridge above it looks like a Pyramid.

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