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Egyptian Necropolises

Necropolises were the final resting places of the ancient Egyptians, and were integral to their beliefs and practices surrounding death and the afterlife. These sites were not just tombs, but also served as centers for religious rituals, offerings, and commemoration.

The most famous necropolises in Egypt are located in the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile river in Luxor. The Valley of the Kings was the burial place of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period, and contains over 60 tombs, including the tomb of Tutankhamun,  which was famously discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

Another notable necropolis is the Valley of the Queens, located near the Valley of the Kings, which was the burial place of many of the pharaohs' consorts and their children.

The necropolis at Saqqara is also of great historical and archaeological significance, and contains the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the first pyramid ever built, as well as many other tombs and monuments.

Necropolises were not just reserved for the elite, however. Many other tombs and cemeteries have been discovered throughout Egypt, revealing the burial practices of people from all walks of life, from the wealthy nobles to the common people.