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Valley of the Kings Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
1997, previously unpublished in NGM

True sun worshipers, New Kingdom rulers built their tombs in the rugged Valley of the Kings on the Nile’s west bank, hoping to join the sun on its evening journey toward resurrection the next morning. Egyptians believed the sun entered the underworldórealm of the deadóas it sank on the western horizon.

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