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Photographer Kenneth Garrett talks about the story behind these images (below).

Preserving the Past

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Preserving the Past

“How do we allow the public to see [these tombs] and at the same time save them for future generations?”
—Photographer Kenneth Garrett

Spells and instructions for navigating the many dangers that lurked in the transit between death and paradise fill the tomb of Seti I. One of the most elaborate burial sites in the Valley of the Kings, its walls are still covered with original paint from more than 32 centuries ago. Artisans who created such splendor lived in a nearby village, now called Deir el Medina.

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
NGM September 1998
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003

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Kenneth Garrett

Kenneth Garrett is a freelance photographer who specializes in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures. He has photographed archaeological subjects worldwide for National Geographic and is responsible for more than half the images featured in Treasures of Egypt. “Each time I start a new story, it’s the thrill of the chase all over again,” Garrett says.
Garrett on Egypt
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