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Home to the site of the worlds greatest Egyptology discovery, The Tomb of Tutankhamun, Thebes was used from 1550 BC as the new burial sites for Egypts soveriegns, having abandoned the use of Pyramids both due to the evolvement of religious concepts and as protection from tomb robbers.
In 1850, a modest employee at the Louvre gallery in Paris, arrived in Egypt charged with the acquisition of Coptic manuscripts. This was Auguste Mariette. An acute observer and an expert on ancient texts, on his own initiative he organised digs at Memphis, between Saqqara and Abusir,...
The Egyptian civilisation lasted around 4,000 years from 3400 BC 400 AD, an episode unique in human history. One of the driving forces of their existence was their love and their fear of the many Gods they worshipped. They were very concerned with the afterlife and it was how you lived your life that would determine how you were judged by the Gods after your death.