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The Lost Tomb: The Most Extraordinary Archaeological Discovery of Our Time - The Burial Site of the Sons of Rameses II

The Lost Tomb: The Most Extraordinary Archaeological Discovery of Our Time - The Burial Site of the Sons of Rameses II

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By (author) Kent R. Weeks

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  • Publisher: WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 218mm x 33mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 16 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0297818473
  • ISBN 13: 9780297818472
  • Illustrations note: line drawings, photo

Product description

The Greatest discovery at the Valley of the Kings since Tutankhamen - by the Egyptologist who made the find. Tomb 5 - the tomb surrounding that of Tutankhamen - had been looted, explored and discounted decades ago. So convinced were the authorities that nothing more was to be found in this area that plans were going ahead to build a carpark. In 1 final exploration of what had become a dumping ground for previous excavator's debris, Dr Kent Weeks, an American Archaeologist, discovered a multiple corridored tomb of 62 chambers. They had stumbled upon a crypt fit for 50 Princes - the sons of Rameses II - which had remained undisturbed for 2,000 years. It is known now as KV 5 - the Greatest archaeological discovery for 75 years and the biggestand most complex tomb ever found in Egypt. Kent Weeks will write the book himself using his daily journals and those of both his wife Susan and 1 of their employees. The sample material demonstrates that the journal methid heightens the drama; the author had no idea that he was on the verge of such a major find.

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Kent Weeks is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Theban Mapping Project. He has written numerous books.

Editorial reviews

Archaeological high drama abounds as Weeks recounts his life and work as an Egyptologist. Within the West Bank area of Egypt lies the Valley of the Kings. Here the ancient pharaohs created elaborate tombs for themselves, their wives, and their children. It is, in short, an archaeological gold mine. By now most of the area is well known and exhaustively studied, yet in 1995 Weeks and his colleagues discovered a tomb of unrivaled magnificence and importance: "KV5," the burial site of the sons of Ramses II. The size of KV5 is unprecedented. While most tombs in the valley have only 6 or 8 chambers, and none more than 30, at KV5, so far, 108 chambers have been unearthed. Constructed in the time of the ancient Jewish exodus, the size and antiquity of KV5 give it the potential, the author suggests, to fundamentally after our knowledge of ancient and biblical history. Weeks tells the story of this discovery well. Some of it is very much out of Indiana Jones, crawling through airless, lightless tunnels as great blocks of stone threaten to dislodge and fall upon the disturbers of these tombs. Mostly, though, the author describes the monotonous, decidedly unromantic tasks of modern archaeology. This work is less about discovering mummies and fabulous treasures than about sifting the sand in a site to uncover the evidence that microscopic bits of seed or grain may offer up. It is Weeks's dogged attention to such detail, however, that draws the reader in. He is less effective "above ground." Modern Egypt seems to serve only as a disconnected background for the discovery of Egypt's past. A highly readable story of one person's passion for the past. (Kirkus Reviews)