Photographer's Note

The Valley of the Kings is a valley where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs. It contains 63 tombs and chambers.

It is an impressive place. The burial chambers are at the ends of the sometimes long narrow corridors, hewn in rocks, beautifully painted. Bulent asked me an interesting question that of course I do not know the answer.

How could they illuminate it while painting?

It is a mystery. There was a conjecture among some archaeologist that in order to illuminate the interiors of tombs in carving and painting them, the early artists/artisans used a series of reflecting mirrors rather than lighting torches.

Strange that there are no photos on TE showing the interior of the tombs. I hope you will find it beautiful and interesting. See also Workshops (all in large format).

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13512 W: 141 N: 35069] (158172)
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