I will be posting in the very near future about my upcoming trip with Archaeological Paths, Egypt 2 tour. It begins on Nov 4th, 2019.
Here are a few pics from my last trip. In March 2018, I visited Egypt not only take a “notch” out of my bucket list but also to do research for my current work-in-progress/manuscript, “Osiris Returns.” No matter where you looked, history was everywhere.
Here is a link to the travel agency I booked my trip with https://archaeologicalpaths.com/tours,egypt-royal-tour
My Leica camera started to play tricks on me. The first problem occurred after taking a picture inside the Great Pyramid King’s Chamber. The focus began not to work, and the automatic zoom lens went wonky. It worked well on some of the highest peaks in the world, including -60 F weather on top of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, but after I take a picture of Khufu’s granite sarcophagus, my camera malfunctions. Also, I cannot find any photo of the King’s Chamber now. Did Khufu curse me!?
I finally got to meet Dr. Zahi Hawass. Ever since I was very young, I admired this man from afar. It was a great honor to meet him and learn from him on this trip.
If you would like to know more about the conservation process, here is a link: http://archive.arce.org/conservation/archive/u24
I visited the following tombs in the Valley of the Kings: KV2 Rameses IV, KV8 Merenptah, KV9 Rameses V & VI, KV17 Sety I, KV20 Hatshepsut and Thutmose I, KV35 Amenhotep II, KV62 Tutankhamun
Just call me Miss Indiana Jones
While each tomb is unique and special, I would have to say KV20 was my favorite because it is a space very few people ever get to explore. Archaeological Paths gives a great description of a visit to this tomb.
“…You will have the unique opportunity to enter to the Tomb of Queen Hatchepsut, Egypt’s first female pharaoh who reigned for about 20 years as one of Egypt’s most successful rulers (1478 – 1458 B.C.) and her beloved father Thutmes I. It is probably the first royal tomb cut in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb is therefore not adjusted to the ordinary sightseeing – there is no wooden platform to walk on, so we will provide a rope to help you go down more easily into the tomb to get inside the burial chamber. “
“If you ever dreamed about feeling like a true discoverer, Indiana Jones-style, this is the best chance to do so and visit the burial place of one of the most famous female rulers of the ancient world. Now you can visit a tomb that has been visited very rarely in the last 3,500 years! There are no paintings left on the walls of this tomb, but the very entrance to this unique place is an amazing experience. It is one of the longest tombs in the Valley of the Kings and probably the first royal tomb ever built there! “
Here is a great YouTube Video created by Robin Morgan of the KV20 tomb layout.
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