Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Valley of the Kings, Egypt

The Valley of the Kings lies on the west of the Nile River, near the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. People have discovered more than 60 tombs. They were made more than 3,200 years ago.

Each tomb consists of corridors and rooms cut deep into solid rock. Sculptors and artists carved and painted religious signs and writing on walls. When a king dies, people laid his body inside a great stone coffin. They also left rich treasures for his use in an after-life.

Tombs had secret doors and deep pits to keep out robbers. In time, though, thieves plundered almost every tomb. Only one tomb remained intact. It belonged to Tutankhamun, a young, unimportant king yet its splendor astonished the archaeologists who found it.

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