Burial Rituals In The Valley Of Kings

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Burial practices in the Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings was the hidden burial ground of many Ancient Egyptians pharaohs who remain undisturbed in their afterlife for thousands of years. From the detailed examination of the archaeological remains of the Valley of the Kings, it can be revealed that archaeological evidence had several symbolic meanings to the pharaohs as it showcases Egyptian beliefs, revealed how materialistic pharaohs were in life and death and the significance of sacred burial rituals of the Egyptian pharaohs. Thutmose I was the first of the Egyptian pharaoh’s to eschew the traditional pyramid for his burial and instead had his tomb constructed in what is now known as the Valley of the Kings. Valley of Kings:
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East Valley (2016) stated on their historical website, all of the pharaohs buried in the Valley of the Kings and which dynasties they came from. For example, the decedents of Ramses VII, Thutmose I and Amenhotep II all buried themselves in the Valley of Kings. This had shown that the first discovered pharaoh to bury himself in the Valley of the Kings was Ramses VII and he represented the 20th dynasty. Thutmose I represented the 18th Dynasty and Amenhotep II came from the 18th dynasty. When Thutmose I buried himself in the Valley of the Kings; his successors followed his set precedent. “During Egypt 's New Kingdom (1539-1075 B.C.) the valley became a royal burial ground for pharaohs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II, as well as queens, high priests, and other elites of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties.” (Handwerk, B. 2016). The historical source from Wikipedia isn’t credible and reliable because anyone can edit this piece of work. However, this historical source was accurate because when it was corroborated with what Brian Handwerk wrote on his historical website, it displayed the same type of information. Thutmose I set a precedent his successors from the New Kingdom have chosen to …show more content…
History author, Linda Alchin (2016) wrote on her history website that Ramses VII was the first pharaoh to have his tomb discovered by Edwin Brock, an archaeologist from America. He discovered his tomb in the year of 1984. East Valley (2016) stated another example of this was when Howard Carter on November 4th 1920 discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, which was the most intact tomb, found. This secondary source was accurate and credible because it corroborated with what Alchin wrote on some level. However, this secondary source isn’t reliable because it came from Wikipedia, which is currently known for anyone being able to edit the content. An example of an artefact discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb was his sarcophagus (see Appendix) was used so it would, “protect three arthropod (man shaped) coffins” (Alchin, 2015). Explicit motives of Tutankhamun where he tried to show how recognisable he was through his sarcophagus. This was a representation of how Tutankhamun wished to be perceived after his death. Archaeologists discovered meaningful artefacts that showed what the Valley of Kings truly meant to the Ancient

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