Yes, I am starting off this blog post by quoting Howard Carter since later in the morning I will be visiting KV62 in the Valley of the Kings.
” Carter’s hands were trembling when he exposed the tomb in Carnarvon’s presence. “At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker,” Carter later wrote, “but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold—everywhere the glint of gold.” Carter was dumbstruck with amazement, prompting the impatient Lord Carnarvon to ask, “Can you see anything?” The gaping archaeologist eventually composed himself enough to reply, “Yes, wonderful things!” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/uncovering-tutankhamuns-tomb-180957168/
But first: Our day started off with lecture # 3 from Dr. Zahi Hawass in the Valley of the Monkeys. Since his lectures usually last about 45 minutes to an hour, he found us a nice place to sit in the shadows of the cliff, right across from a dig site: the Hearth and WV-T (see the third pic below).
He told us about all the findings in the area, and what they are working on now. (See attached Youtube video of the announcement he made to the press just a few weeks before our visit)
Valley of the Kings
After our very insightful meeting with Dr. Hawass, we traveled the short distance to the Valley of the Kings. Since tour guides are not allowed to speak in the tombs, we were given our tickets and allowed to see what we wanted at our leisure. I say that in jest because I purchased the maximum amount of tickets available for the day. I managed to see all I could with five minutes to spare before our bus was ready to leave the area to take us to lunch. Here are some of the “wonderful things” I saw. 🙂
KV35 Amenhetep II
KV17 Sety I
KV9: Rameses V/VI
KV14 Tausert / Setnakht
I also visited KV15 Sety II, and KV 11 Rameses III.
One thing I also noticed was all the work being done now in the Valley. Two different teams were working in different sections. One team was working above KV8 – Merenptah’s tomb, and perhaps in an area around KV61(unknown tomb) Will show pic when I CAN!
To be continued…
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