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Ancient Egyptian Tombs
(most are from the Valley of the Kings)

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The first 10 pictures shown here were taken by Midland customers visiting the tombs of Ramesses IV, VI, and IX in the Valley of the Kings. Notice how deep the tomb is and the vibrant colors and carvings. picture 1

Each kings' tomb was started when he ascended to the throne and finished when he died. The longer a king lived, the bigger and more elaborate his tomb was. Some tombs ended abruptly, signaling an unexpected death for the king. Compared to King Tut's tomb, which is nothing more than a hole in the wall, one can only imagine the treasures and gold that the tomb robbers took from this tomb!

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Khae's tomb. picture 10

Tomb of Ramesses I (Dynasty XIX, 1320-1318 B.C.) in the Valley of the Kings shows the king surrounded by Gods.

Tomb of Queen Nefetari (Dynasty XIX, 1304-1237 B.C.) can be found in the Valley of the Queens. This picture shows the antechamber and entrance to a side chamber. Prior to painting these elaborate decorations, the walls in the rock tomb are prepared with a thick coat of plaster and slightly modeled in relief.

Burial vault of Sennofer (Dynasty XVIII, 1448-1422 B.C.) at Sheikh abd el Gurna, Thebes. The normal effects of the unfinished and un-squared walls of this tomb are minimized by the painting. Notice the beautiful patterns juxtaposed on the ceiling.

Tomb pillar from the tomb of Sety I (Dynasty XIX, 1318-1304 B.C.) at the Valley of the Kings. This pillar in the hall is one of six in the tomb. It is painted on all sides. This side shows the king facing Osiris in the shape of a mummy.

The identity of the owner of this tomb is unknown. It was built in Thebes during Dynasty XVIII, about 1500 B.C. It shows scenes from daily life one on top of the other. The scenes should be read from the bottom up.

This tomb is in Sakkara and belongs to Ti (Dynasty C, 2500 B.C.). Scenes from daily life are portrayed throughout the tomb. Here, a herdsman leads his cattle through a canal. The calf being carried in the front looks anxiously at its mother.

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