Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is apparently a great desert area where for nearly 500 years of tombs and mummies were constructed and hidden. But going lower into these tombs there is a much broader and significant grandness. The importance of the Valley of the Kings was important for many different reasons and to many several people during the Ramesside Period. It was important for it’s religious worth, economic worth and most significantly, it’s historic value.

The Valley of the Kings was the burial set of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, as well as some of their congeners, officials and priests. It’s graves being concealed by the drop-off of Western Thebes. Conventional by Amenhotep I the Valley of the Kings was not used as the burial place for a king until Thutmose I. It was in high regard to the pharaohs, as their tombs would be their breathing place for timeless existence. It was also the place that found that they would reach the hereafter, successfully connection the gods, becoming one with Osiris and Re and the Heavens and Earth.

View of the Valley of the Kings
The Egyptian civilian population found the Valley of the Kings to be very important, as it was the cause behind the administration of the workers village of Deir el Medina, which is one of the most remarkable sources for understanding the ideas, feelings and issues affecting non-royal families of the New Kingdom. It provided those who were skilled to move with their families to a position with more economic gains for themselves. Since the bulk of Egypt’s population were illiterate and could not keep record of their activities, the accounts made by the workers of Deir el Medina gave historians an idea of what life was like for middle social class of Egypt. The workers being between the elite and peasant classes . The Valley of the Kings created the need or design for having this village built. The importance of the Valley of the Kings diminished as the New Kingdom complete. By the reign of Ramses III the workers of Deir el Medina went on strike due to the growing focuses of security and payment. This pointing that the kings were no longer taking the Valley of the Kings to be in as high see as it once was. The villagers soon were so neglected that they taken to leave their homes to essay sanctuary in the mortuary temple of Medinet Habu. Ramses III’s reign was likewise when there was an attempt to rob the tomb of Ramses II, which shows that the civilians of Egypt were becoming more desperate economically and that the power of the Kings was being questioned.

Each Pharaohs tomb puts up a glimpse for historians of the life of the dead king, their influence, death and their divine beliefs. Such as with Ramses I, who’s tomb is quite small and fast reflecting his short reign of unique two years. This shows that the now custom of burying the dead king in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings was still open in the 19th Dynasty, the tradition also long through the 20th Dynasty.