Bloomsbury Summer School (text)

Fascinated by ancient civilisations?

We offer anyone with any level of knowledge, inspiring short courses on ancient Egypt and other areas of the ancient world.


Saturday 8 July 2023


Speaker: Dr José-Ramón Pérez-Accino (Complutense University of Madrid)

This study day will be held in person in the UCL Cruciform Lecture Theater 2, livestreamed via Zoom, and will be available on video recording.

We are pleased to invite Dr José Ramón Pérez-Accino to lead our summer study day on the Royal Cache Wadi. It is here, on the West Bank at Luxor, that a key chapter in the life history of the Valley of the Kings came to a close 500 years after it began as a royal necropolis. At the end of the New Kingdom, the mummified bodies of Egyptian rulers and some members of the royal court were deposited in a tomb in a wadi or bay in the cliffs near the temple at Deir el-Bahari. The find of this “Royal Cache” in 1881 was the first spectacular discovery of Egyptian archeology to be covered by the mass media. It has since been assumed that this so-called wadi is otherwise largely devoid of archaeological remains. However, since 2017, the C2 Project: Royal Cache Wadi survey has revealed new evidence for religious activity prior to the re-burial of the kings, queens, and other royal family members. These exciting findings change significantly our understanding of the area and especially the history of the Valley of the Kings.

The four lectures include:

1. Not the Last Journey: The re-burial of the kings at the end of the New Kingdom

2. The Night of Tasting Fear: A discovery in the mountains

3. The Forgotten Valley: The C2 Project

4. Work in Progress: Lines of research and future plans

In addition to hearing four fascinating lectures, you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and to socialise with the speaker over morning and afternoon refreshments.