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Living Legend of Egyptology

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Kent Weeks was only eight years old when he first became fascinated by archeology and fell under the spell of ancient Egypt. As unlikely as it must have seemed for a boy growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he dreamed of becoming an Egyptologist, and was encouraged in his interest by sympathetic teachers. At age 12 he began to correspond with experts in the field, and followed their advice to educate himself as widely as possible. Barely out of college, he joined an expedition to rescue precious relics of Egyptian civilization before they were submerged under the waters diverted by the great Aswan Dam.

Now a Professor of Egyptology at American University in Cairo, Kent Weeks is the founder and director of the Theban Mapping Project, a comprehensive survey of the tombs, temples and monuments of the Theban Necropolis, the sprawling "city of the dead" that lies across the Nile from the ancient city of Thebes.

In 1995, Dr. Weeks made one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the century, a vast monument, unseen by human eyes for over 3,000 years. The largest tomb complex in Egypt's renowned Valley of the Kings, its corridors spread like the tentacles of an octopus, deep into a mountainside. Two stories high, with at least 120 separate chambers, it was the final resting place of the 50 sons of Ramesses II, the great pharaoh whose empire stretched from Tunisia to Iraq. While it will take decades to clear the tomb of the rubble and dust of the centuries, it has already yielded a wealth of information about the rule of Egypt's greatest king.

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