Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, January 19, 2009

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.


Colin Lea said...

Hi, have just stumbled across your site - looks excellent.

Could be a very interesting year hopefully - have an Egyptian team found a tomb (or tombs) for the first time? Might they have found Rameses VIII between KV7 and KV8? Zahi states they expect to open a tomb there soon.

Might the tunnel at the end of Seti I's tomb reveal something? That's a very interesting puzzle that would be great to explore once and for all.

Might they even find Nefertiti (as Zahi alludes to on that fora tv article) in front of KV62? Certainly it looks like something's there.

I can't help but think that a lot of this is about Egyptian pride - they want to find new stuff themselves. Maybe that explains the mysterious politics of the ARTP??

and there's KV63 progress to look forward to as well.

maybe someone will start looking again for Isisnofret??? One area that Kent Weeks has noted as possible for that is somewhere between KV7 and 8! So maybe it's her they've found, not Ram VIII?

I hope to watch news on this site with great interest.

Kate Phizackerley said...

Thanks Colin, I'm hoping I can arrange to get to Luxor in the next few months.

I do wish though that there was some effort going into the Valley of the Queens and the Western Valley.


Anonymous said...

Kate i disagree with you and feel that i would hate to see the tranquility of the western valley disturbed by excvation, and heaven forbid discovering new tomb(s)


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