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The Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (Art Guides) [Turtleback]

Kent R. Weeks
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17 Mar 2005 Art Guides
Here is a thorough, easy-to-use guide to the vast and stunning collection of art and antiquities found in Egypt's archaeological paradise, the Valley of the Kings.

The Tomb of Tutankhamun and its contents are featured prominently, as are the temples of Luxor and Karnak, the dromos, the Luxor Museum, the Chapel of Achoris, the Valley of Asasif, the Ramesseum, the Valley of the Queens, and the Colossi of Memnon. Dendera, Esna, Abydos Edfu, and Korn Ombo-all peripheral locations to the major sites-are included because their state of preservation makes them especially interesting for visitors and scholars.

Weeks has spent his career documenting the regions and infuses this guide with a level of clarity and detail not previously achieved in a handbook.


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  • Turtleback: 564 pages
  • Publisher: White Star (17 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854400335
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854400337
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much,much more than a guide book 5 Jan 2006
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I actually live in Luxor and guide people round the sites myself so for me to buy a guide book it has to be good. This one is.
It is not a Lonely Planet giving you ticket prices and how to get there advice but a comprehensive description of the various sites, their history and what to look for. Each site has a portion on its history followed by a detailed description on visiting the site. It had masses of excellent photographs including ones taken from hot air balloons of the temple sites. There are plans and drawings a plenty detailing what to look for and where.
It has been written as a background read before you go, an onsite guide book and a souvenir to remind you of your visit and it manages to do all of these. There is loads more detail than in the more general guide books. I especially appreciated the description of the house of Sennedjem at Deir El Medina and the walk over the hills. The author Kent Weeks is currently excavating the tomb of the sons of Rameses II KV5 and is part of the Theban Mapping project so it has a lot of material from there.
My only criticism would be its lack of price information and that it doesn’t take account of how tickets are sold. Example the Nobles tombs are grouped historically but the tickets are sold by location. But as a fully detailed explanation of the sites of Luxor it can not be beaten and the photographic record is fantastic.
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As a pictoral guide and introduction to all the sites it's superb. Lots of information jammed into the long and narrow pages. Wonderfully colourful images. Good place to get an idea of scale of monuments and to begin to explore work of theban mapping project led by the author. The book only has 2 pages on KV5 so if you want detailed info visit the website or buy Kent's other book. Don't expect to get a definitive historical study in this- the information is secondary to the pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 4 July 2010
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"The Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings" is a guidebook is written by the American archaeologist Kent R. Weeks, who has lived and worked in Egypt for many years. Currently he is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Theban Mapping Project.

The book has also been published by the American University in Cairo Press with a different title: "The Illustrated Guide to Luxor: Tombs, Temples, and Museums."

The book begins with an introduction which presents the geography and the history of ancient Thebes (modern Luxor). There is also a brief section about Egyptian religion and religious festivals. The main text is divided into six chapters. Here is a brief overview:

* Chapter 1 - Monuments of the East Bank
* Chapter 2 - Memorial Temples
* Chapter 3 - The Valley of the Kings
* Chapter 4 - The Valley of the Queens
* Chapter 5 - The Tombs of the Nobles
* Chapter 6 - Temples outside Thebes

The book concludes with a glossary, a bibliography and an index. The book is fully illustrated with beautiful colour photos and useful maps which show the layout of the tombs and the temples.

If you go to Egypt, you are not allowed to use your camera inside the tombs and the museums. In the book there are photos from these "forbidden" places. These photos are taken by a professional photographer who had a special permit to use his camera in these places.

The author knows his topic very well. His presentations and explanations are much more extensive than the ones you find in a traditional guidebook which covers all of Egypt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read! 5 Dec 2009
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I have many books on Egypt but none are as detailed and as easy to read as this one. It weighs heavy for it's size and is full of the most beautiful photos on glossy paper. Well worth the money and a great addition to any collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Index 31 Dec 2009
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I am no specialist.
I bought the book because I was planning to go on a tourist jolly. I still am, but for a tourist who has never been to the Valleys of either Kings or Queens, surely it would have been wise either to list the tomb descriptions numerically or at least provide an index so that a particular tomb number could be located quickly in the hundreds of lavishly illustrated pages.
Perhaps when I actually get there, it will all make complete sense.
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