The Valley of the Kings: A Site Management Handbook by Kent R. WeeksThe Valley of the Kings: A Site Management Handbook by Kent R. Weeks

The Valley of the Kings: A Site Management Handbook

byKent R. Weeks, Nigel J. Hetherington

Hardcover | June 18, 2014

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During the New Kingdom (c. 1570-1070 BCE), the Valley of the Kings was the burial place of Egypt's pharaohs, including such powerful and famous rulers as Amenhotep III, Rameses II, and Tutankhamen. They were buried here in large and beautifully decorated tombs that have become among thecountry's most visited archaeological sites. The tourists contribute millions of badly needed dollars to Egypt's economy. But because of inadequate planning, these same visitors are destroying the very tombs they come to see. Crowding, pollution, changes in the tombs' air quality, ever-growingtourist infrastructure-all pose serious threats to the Valley's survival.This volume, the result of twenty-five years of work by the Theban Mapping Project at the American University in Cairo, traces the history of the Valley of the Kings and offers specific proposals to manage the site and protect its fragile contents. At the same time, it recognizes the need to providea positive experience for the thousands of visitors who flock here daily. This is the first major management plan developed for any Egyptian archaeological site, and as its proposals are implemented, they offer a replicable model for archaeologists, conservators, and site managers throughout Egyptand the region.Published in both English and Arabic editions and supported by the World Monuments Fund, this critical study will help to ensure the survival of Egypt's patrimony in a manner compatible with the country's heavy reliance on tourism income.
Kent R. Weeks is professor emeritus of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and director of the Theban Mapping Project. Nigel J. Hetherington is an archaeologist and television producer and the owner and founder of Past Preservers. He is a graduate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and a specialist in...
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Title:The Valley of the Kings: A Site Management HandbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9774166086

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