September 9, 2013

The Valley of the Queens

The Valley of the Queens
About a kilometre and a half from the Valley of the Kings is the Valley of the Queens which today is called «Biban el-Harim». In the region, eighty tombs have been discovered there but they are badly damaged, some showing traces of fire, others having been used as stables.

The Valley of the Queens
The tombs mostly date from the period 1300 to 1100 B.C., that is from the XlXth and XXth dynasties. A little more open than the Valley of the Kings, access is via a pass where stelae commemorating some of the achievement of Ramses III can be seen. Prayers addressed to Osiris and Anubis have been carved on some of the rocks.

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