This photo taken by Drew Noakes on 24th January doesn't add much to the tale, but since people have been pleading for something more recent, I thought I would post it up. I think this is the bottom of the cliffside excavation and shows that the stream bed has been followed and cleared down to the tourist path.
I know views on this clearance are mixed but I welcome seeing the Valley cleared of rubbish. We know for instance that people like Howard Carter just moved rubble from one area to another - inevitably downwards. I would like to see the valley bottom restored. After all, referring back to the ostracon which mentioned Queen Isinofret,that referred to a willow tree. It would be good to understand the Eastern Valley of the Kings in the context of a watercourse again. Clearing the watercourses of rubble may also prove to be the best defence for the tombs against future flash floods. That of course means the watercourse in the bottom of the Valley of the Kings needs to be cleared. Indeed, one risk now is that a flood would cascade down this newly cleared watercourse and pool in the bottom before spilling over the tourist path and into low lying tombs. I suspect Dr Hawass has started something which must now be followed to its ultimate conclusion. Inevitably, I think, the tourist path is going to need to be re-sited.