The Lost Tomb

The Lost Tomb

Book - 1998 | 1st ed
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Kent Weeks made international headlines when, seventy feet below the surface of Egypt's Valley of the Kings he found the largest and most complicated mausoleum yet discovered, the tomb of Ramesses II's sons. Now for the first time, Weeks shares up-to-the-minute details on the thrilling discoveryand contemplates what the tomb, called KV5, will reveal as the excavation moves forward. Built in the age of Exodus, the tomb could potentially transform ancient and biblical history. Its lower levels, possibly containing mummies of Ramesses II's sons, may shed new light on many of the mysteries of the Old Testament, including the story of Moses and the flight of the Israelites from Egypt.

Weeks draws on his own diaries, as well as those of his wife and his foreman, to describe the excitement and risks that surround such a significant find. From floodwaters that threatened the opened tomb and the precarious craw spaces deep within it, to thieving tourists and scorpions, this adventure is not for the weak of heart. Photographs and sketches illustrate the crew's progress and the objects and decorations found in the tomb's chambers and hallways The resulta true-life, impossibly thrilling Raiders of the Lost Arkwill entrance readers from beginning to end.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780688150877
Characteristics: xv, 330 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Jul 07, 2017

Weeks' interest in archaeology began when he was 8, and he was lucky enough to have small town teachers and librarians who encouraged him. Decades later, as a professor of Egyptology, he and his equally enthusiastic wife begin work on KV-5, a tomb first seen in 1825 but then "lost" when its entrance was covered. I've been interested in Egyptology for decades, having read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries set there, and read whatever else I can find for the lay reader. After several years, Weeks and his workmen find the entrance to KV-5, which turns out to be full of its own mysteries. Its door is too small for the typical sarcophagus, but he begins to suspect it's the tomb of at least some of the many sons of Ramesses II, one of the longest reigning Pharaohs. They find more than 100 chambers, leaving some unexplored because the work is too dangerous, and because of the hope that future improvements in technique will make the work easier. They do find at least four skulls, including one complete skeleton. The work they've done by the time he publishes this book will require years worth of analysis. One important item I didn't know was that "once a century rainstorms" are actually much more common, and the configuration of the Valley of the Kings causes flash flooding which sweeps silt and artifacts into tombs, including KV-5. I found the book exciting and well written.

May 09, 2012

Lost Tomb by Kent R Weeks. There are those who might find it difficult to get excited about Egyptology; about looking for the remains of the long dead; about spending long hours or weeks digging in the dust for bits and pieces of pottery. But Weeks is able to do just that. It is because of his immense interest in his work that he can spin this electrifying account of working deep within the earth in the heat, in the dirt, in the humidity, dodging scorpions and the occasional snake. This book will delight those with an interest in ancient history and Egypt. I found this book eminently readable even though I have no great particular interest in the subject. That’s a tribute to how well and riveting this book is.

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