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Valley of the Kings: Exploring the Tombs of the Pharaohs

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Unorthodox and brilliant archaeologist Romer has come to know the Valley of the Kings more intimately than any of his predecessors. Here he offers a full account of the tombs in which Egyptian kings, queens, and nobles of three dynasties were buried with extraordinary pomp and splendor. Photos.
Paperback, 293 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Henry Holt & Company
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Jamie Elliott
It isn’t hard to make Egyptology interesting; the lure of uncovering history preserved for thousands of years, the glint of gold, the confrontation with death and with a culture that seemingly embraced it have all captivated the attention of generations. This book is no exception. It presents a chronological history of excavation in the Valley of the Kings, both describing the finds and introducing the varied cast of treasure hunters, archeologists, and entrepreneurs who discovered them. It is a ...more
Fascinating stuff. The book begins with early exploration and how the budding field of egyptology was successful; they found a ton of tombs. And how it was utterly and completely destructive; there weren't any preservation or record keeping method to follow yet. Granted their successors learned much from their mistakes but, wow, there was an awful lot lost to history. It ends with the Carter/Carnarvon dig of Tutankhamen's tomb.

The style and pacing were a little jerky. Sometimes it would move al
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I had started this book in 2002 or '03 and couldn't really concentrate due to interruptions on my lunch breaks, two full time jobs and a weekend social life. I put it down for awhile and never picked it up again.
A good overview of the history of this most Rich of Valleys.
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John Louis Romer, the son of accountant Louis Henry Romer and secretary Norah Simpson Romer, was born on September 30, 1941 in Surrey. He attended Ottershaw School, the Wimbledon School of Art (1958-1963), and the Royal College of Art (A.R.C.A., 1966) in London. Following this, he traveled and studied in the Near East and married his wife Yvonne Elizabeth de Coetlogan Aylwin (Beth), an artist and ...more
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