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Complete Valley Of The Kings [Hardcover]

Nicholas Reeves , Richard H Wilkinson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Nov. 1 1996 Complete
Visited by millions of tourists and famous throughout the world as the burial place of the great New Kingdom pharaohs--Tutankhamun, Ramesses the Great, and Tuthmosis--the Valley of the Kings is the site of some 80 tombs which were dig during the climax of the Egyptian power more than 3,000 years ago. Reeves and Wilkinson assemble the art, archaeology, and history of the valley in one exciting account. 320 illustrations, 60 in color.

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"A richly illustrated, reasonably priced account of the burial sites of Egypt's greatest rulers."

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Nicholas Reeves is GAD Tait Curator of Egyptian and Classical Art at Eton College. Richard H. Wilkinson is Professor and Director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost completely perfect Feb. 27 2002
The Complete Valley of the Kings is a very well-researched, well-written, well-illustrated, and well-organized book. Everything from the topographic and the geologic maps of the valley through the religious and archeological history of the valley were interesting (and sometimes depressing, considering what some of those early adventurers and so-called scholars did to the place). The information on the dismantling of the Valley at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st Dynasty was especially interesting. Of course, the stars of the book were the tombs themselves. The architecture, decoration and history of each tomb is given as fully as possible. My only reservation in regards to this book lies in the authors having made up their minds on the identity of the controversial mummy in KV55 and airily dismissing as unimportant any evidence that contradicts their theory. Such inflexible partiality calls for a cautious approach to any other "definite" conclusions the authors draw. Otherwise, the book is inarguably informative and entertaining, except for the fact that the authors consistently and annoyingly use the Greek forms of the pharaoh's names (such as the Greek Sethos instead of Seti). Other than that, the book really is almost completely perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars complete in every sense of the word June 16 2000
I was engrossed for days when I first got this book. The attention to detail is staggering, 'complete' in every sense of the word. With excellent maps and background information the authors prepare the way gently with analysis and discussion of general methods of tomb building and the belief system behind it. What I found particularly useful was a history of the tomb diggers and archaeologists who discovered (and plundered) the tombs, going all the way up to Theodore M Davies and of course Howard Carter. Their methods, desires and successes underscore the rest of the book: the tombs themselves and help to put a human face on the ancient world of the Pharaohs.
In many ways these men were amateur violators, thieves no-less, but our modern interest stem from them and their legacy.
Vastly illustrated throughout, colour balanced with black and white photography and the simple, but enormously effective line drawings in 3D of the tomb layouts and designs. Comparison of style, form and development is instantly possible.
"Who's who in KV35" typically illustrates the book's grasp of controversial issues, supporting the wide range of modern scholarly thought, while attempting to be neutral.
Detail is a very much a part of this survey. Inscriptions and archaeological evidence recorded faithfully alongside "fact files"of the discoveries, right down to where the reports were published etc. This adds a flavour of complete authenticity which supports the book. Good index, further reading and sources. One small criticism: occasionally little too detailed for light reading and not always enough background on the Pharaohs' themselves, but this could be easily solved with reference to another suitable book.
Excellent, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest book! Oct. 19 2001
By Hathor
This book tell us the information of each tombs in details. It includes pictures of the outside of the tombs, the inside, the drawing on walls, and sometimes even the bones on the floor when it just discovered. It also includes the map of the tombs, the one who discover it , when it had been discovered and also what's inside. The book explains all these to us in details. I really love this book because nearly all the pictures are printed with colours and the imformation is useful. It also show pictures of the pharaohs' mummies, and so I like this most. I highly recommend this to all those who love ancient egypt and those who are interested in Valley of The Kings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, Reeves et al hit the mark! Dec 13 2000
This volume is filled with great information. I could not imagine touring the Valley of the Kings without having read a similar book. Full of facts and anecdotes, this is an indispensable reference for amateur Egpytologists. Many scholarly works have been written on the various tombs in the Valley, but those sorts of journals are not easily accessed by the general public. Reeve's book serves as a great index and introduction. Each location is thoroughly but briefly summarized. The illustrations, both photographic and drawn, are well produced. Many books on Ancient Egpyt are much more beautiful (and expensive!), but the information presented here is hard to beat.
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Unlike the Chronicle of the Pharaohs, this compiled information is not lacking except for in those finer details that are hardly mentioned, anyway. As a great fan of the Valley of the Kings, I found this book worthy of its subject. All the tombs and pit tombs are mentioned, ground-plans shown when available. Many artifacts rarely seen are published here in wonderful plates, and many more artifacts are mentioned in the list of contents bestowed upon each tomb. A small portion of the royal mummies are shown in the back as a sort of family album, many others being shown throughout the book. I found most interesting the picture of the mummy found with the nurse of the great Hatchepsut and thought to possibly be Hatchepsut, herself. This is a great book to have share a shelf with the works of John Romer and other intimates of the Valley of the Kings. For those--like myself--who plan to join the rank of those intimates, this book is a must
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent book, if you are interest in ancient egypt, read this book, you'll learn a lot of interesting facts about the valley of the kings, the pharaohs, etc..
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by "scardenas44"
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Complete Book on the Valley of the Kings
It is the best book on the Valley of the Kings. In it you can find not just information but a treasure, a treasure showing the magnificent treasures of ancient Egypt.
Published on Dec 16 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars small writing
This is a good book, however the print is too small. If the publishers read this- please make a large print edition of this.
Published on Oct. 30 2001 by Lori Kaminsky
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent coverage of Valley of the Kings
This book gives readers a tour through the history and archaeology of the Valley of the Kings. The authors provide much detailed information about the tombs and treasures of... Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2000 by Francesca Jourdan
5.0 out of 5 stars It was interesting and full of facts!!!
Great story on Tut and Ramses. Excellent pictures and descriptions!
Published on Dec 10 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Excellent summary information on the Valley of the Kings, presented in a concise and coherent format with lots of correlated information. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars in a word, excellent
This is a fascinating book. As I read, I felt like I was actually discovering and exploring the tombs myself. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST Introductory Read
Unfortunately, I bought and read the book AFTER visiting the valley and many tombs (in pleasant March!). Read more
Published on March 9 1997
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