Kent R. Weeks

Kent R. Weeks ( born December 16, 1941 in Everett, Washington) is an American Egyptologist.


Weeks initially studied anthropology in Seattle, Prehistoric Archaeology, Ancient History and History of Medicine, attended courses on anatomy and pathology, English literature and Chinese history. Next he learned Greek, French and German.

In 1963 he conducted the first excavations in Nubia, Arminna West for Yale University. From 1972, he taught as a professor at the American University in Cairo. Since 1978, directs Weeks the Theban Mapping Project (TMP ) ( surveying and maps of the Theban Necropolis ).

In 1995 he succeeded the rediscovery of KV5 in the Valley of the Kings, a royal tomb from the time of Ramses II ( 19th Dynasty ). The excavations of the following years in KV5 his fame: this grave with well over a hundred rooms proved to be the largest ever found in the Valley of the Kings grave created by Ramses II for his sons.


  • Theban Mapping Project, maps and floor plans

In German language:

  • Ramses II, The House of the Dead of the sons. Droemer, 1999, ISBN 3-426-26968-6