Publications

The Theban Mapping Project is pleased to be able to make available some of its work in printed media, in association with Amazon in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany and France. To buy these publications online, click on the name of the country where you wish to make your purchase (when available in languages other than English, this is noted). Please use this link as Amazon will ensure that a small part of the proceeds of any book you order from Amazon through this TMP service, not just TMP publications, will go directly to TMP:
The Valley of the Kings Site Management Masterplan
By Kent Weeks and Nigel Hetherington
The Valley of the Kings (Wadi Biban el Mouluk) on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, in the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a World Heritage site whose archaeological fame and economic importance as a tourist destination are internationally recognized. The result of its popularity has been a massive increase in visitor numbers over the last decade, now often exceeding 7,000 visitors every day. This number is guaranteed to increase in future years. Without carefully prepared site manegement plans, the very existence of this fragile resource could be seriously threatened.
In the spring of 2004, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) requested that the Theban Mapping Project (TMP) prepare a masterplan for the future management of the Valley. This project was generously supported by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and several private donors.
 
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KV Masterplan
The Illustrated Guide to Luxor
Tombs, Temples and Museums

By Kent Weeks
The scale and richness of the tombs and temples on the banks of the Nile at Luxor have attracted and fascinated travelers for thousands of years. Now finally comes the vade mecum that generations of visitors would have loved to have.
The Illustrated Guide to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, fully illustrated with superb color photographs, not only provides a comprehensive itinerary through the tombs and monuments of ancient Thebes and the museums of modern Luxor but also has extensive chapters devoted to the history of the city and Egyptian religion, as well as advice for the modern traveler on hotels and restaurants. Simple but detailed itineraries lead us first through the sites on the east bank of the Nile, including Karnak and Luxor temples, the Luxor Museum, and the Museum of Mummification. Then we cross to the west bank for a thorough exploration of the temples–the Ramesseum, Deir al-Bahari, Medinet Habu, and more–and the tombs of the Kings, the Queens, and the Nobles. A glossary of archaeological and ancient Egyptian terms and an extensive bibliography are included at the end of the book.
The combination of authoritative texts, full-color photographs, planimetric maps, and descriptions of every major tomb and monument in Luxor will facilitate and enhance any visitor's tour of one of the world's richest and most significant collections of archaeological sites.
 
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Luxor Guide
The Atlas of the Valley of the Kings (Study Edition) edited by Kent Weeks
You have seen it in electronic format on this website, and now you can purchase your own copy of The Atlas of the Valley of the Kings! This major work by the Theban Mapping Project is the most complete and accurate set of maps and plans ever published of the Valley of the Kings and its tombs. Combining rigorous accuracy with beautiful design, the Atlas offers plans, longitudinal and transverse sections, and axonometric drawings of every accessible tomb, plus 1:1250 topographic maps of the East and West Valleys and detailed 1:250 maps of major sections of the principal Valley of the Kings. The result of more than 20 years of work, the Atlas is the standard against which all future archaeological maps and architectural studies will be judged. This spiral bound "study edition" is intended to provide the same information as the grander boxed edition but at a lower price and a lower scale. The maps and plans are accompanied by full details of the Theban Mapping Project's surveying techniques, indices to the map sheets, and recently updated complete bibliographies for each tomb. The Atlas is a reference work that every Egyptologist, professional or amateur, and anyone interested in archaeology will want to add to their personal library. Order now in: U.S. | U.K. | Canada | Germany

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The Lost Tomb by Kent Weeks
In this personal account, you will learn how a childhood fascination with ancient Egypt led Dr. Kent Weeks to a career as the world's most renowned Egyptologist and director of the Theban Mapping Project. Dr. Weeks shares his enthusiasm, excitement and sometimes frustrations with readers as he recounts his experiences exploring and mapping the Theban Necropolis in The Lost Tomb. You will learn the stories behind what has been called the greatest discovery in Egyptian archaeology since the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen: Dr. Weeks' rediscovery of the lost tomb of the sons of Rameses II. You will meet the people who helped to make this discovery and learn about the lives of the ancient Egyptians whose monuments are the focus of Dr. Weeks' work. Order your own copy today in: U.S. | U.K. | Canada | Germany (auf Deutsch) | Germany (auf Englisch) | France 



The Valley of the Kings: The Tombs and the Funerary Temples of Thebes West edited by Kent Weeks
This lavishly illustrated book is a must-have for those who simply cannot get enough of ancient Thebes and is an essential complement to the material presented on this website. Edited by Kent Weeks, it includes original essays by a number of eminent Egyptologists, including Weeks himself and TMP Egyptologist Edwin Brock. Italian photographer Araldo de Luca was specially commissioned to produce the hundreds of spectacular views of the selection of temples and royal and private tombs presented in the book Order your copy today in. U.S. | U.K. | Canada | Germany (auf Deutsch) | Germany (auf Englisch) | France (en français) | France (en anglais)

 



KV5: A Preliminary Report on the Excavation of the Tomb of the Sons of Rameses II in the Valley of the Kings edited by Kent Weeks
The discovery in 1995 that a long-ignored doorway in the Valley of the Kings was actually the entrance to the largest tomb ever found in Egypt made headlines around the world. Called KV 5, it contains over 120 corridors and chambers, and was used as a family mausoleum for several sons of the New Kingdom pharaoh, Rameses II. You have already experienced KV 5 on this website. If you want a more in-depth look into this unique tomb, you need a copy of KV5: A Preliminary Report on the Excavation of the Tomb of the Sons of Rameses II in the Valley of the Kings. This preliminary report is the first comprehensive, technical publication on the work of the Theban Mapping Project in the tomb. It includes detailed archaeological and architectural studies, epigraphic surveys, object and pottery descriptions, discussions of conservation work, and extensive reports on the site's geology, hydrology, mineralogy, and geotechnical engineering.

Copiously illustrated with photographs and line drawings, KV 5 is the essential source for the study of this fascinating and important tomb.

The book measures 21 x 28 cm, has 90 black & white photographs, 90 line drawings, and 192 pages. Hardbound. Purchase your own copy today in: U.S. | U.K. | Canada | Germany


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