Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Valley of the Kings Site Management Masterplan

Many thanks to Nigel J. Hetherington, Conservation Manager of the Theban Mapping Project:
"The Theban Mapping Project announces the publication of the on the TMP’s website at
The Valley of the Kings (Wadi Biban el Mouluk) on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor, in the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a World Heritage site whose archaeological fame and economic importance as a tourist destination are internationally recognized. The result of its popularity has been a massive increase in visitor numbers over the last decade, now often exceeding 7,000 visitors every day. This number is guaranteed to increase in future years. Without carefully prepared site management plans, the very existence of this fragile resource could be seriously threatened.In the spring of 2004, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) commissioned the Theban Mapping Project to prepare a site management masterplan for the Valley. This project was generously supported by the World Monuments Fund (WMF), and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and several private donors.
This ‘final draft for public consulation’ is now available for you to download and we would very much like to have your feedback regarding our proposal for the future of this very important site."

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