March 27, 2003

Report from the Valley of the Kings

Thebes, once the ancient capitol of Egypt, is one the world’s most treasured archeological zones. On Dialogue, we learn more about this ancient place and the lives of the souls who lived there thousands of years ago. Joan Cartan-Hansen speaks with Dr. Kent Weeks, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Weeks heads up the Theban Mapping Project, which is preparing a comprehensive archeological database of the area.

Weeks’ work in the Valley of Kings lead to the discovery of some of the most important sites since Tutankhamen. His uncovering of the family tomb of Ramesses the Great is considered one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century. Weeks was in Idaho as part of a special exhibition of Egyptian art at the Boise Art Museum.