In a comment on a recent post, Jan Bailey mentioned the paper by Stephen W. Cross, 'The Hydrology of the Valley of the Kings, Egypt', published in JEA 94, 2008. (JEA is the common abbreviation for the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.) To explain, this paper advances the theory that tombs in the central area of the Valley of the Kings may have escaped being robbed because flash floods burried them beneath sediment. There's a fuller explanation here in the Background section and some discussion of this theory on the Pyramid of Man blog.
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