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Valley of the Queens

Coordinates: view on map
Valley of the Queens in hieroglyphs
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Ta-set-neferu
T3-st-nfrw
The place of beauty
Valley of the Queens by Zureks.jpg
General view of the Valley of the Queens

The Valley of the Queens (Arabic: ? Wadi al Malekat) is a place in Egypt where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In ancient times, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning –"the place of beauty".

Using the limits as described by Christian Leblanc, the Valley of the Queens consists of the main wadi which contains most of the tombs, as well as the Valley of Prince Ahmose, the Valley of the Rope, the Valley of the Three Pits, and the Valley of the Dolmen. The main wadi contains 91 tombs and the subsidiary valleys add another 19 tombs. The burials in the subsidiary valleys all date to the 18th dynasty.

The reason for choosing the Valley of the Queens as a burial site is not known. The location in close proximity to the worker's village in Deir el-Medina and the Valley of the Kings may have been a factor. Another consideration may be the existence of a sacred grotto dedicated to Hathor at the entrance of the Valley. This grotto may be association with rejuvenation for the dead.

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