Jul 07, 2017DorisWaggoner rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
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.