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Luxor, Valley of the Queens: Our guide told us that the Tombs in the Valley of the Queens were much smaller and less impressive than the Valley of the Kings, in part because of the quality of the rock. Geologically, this makes sense. Here, the tilted bedding implies substantial deformation, while the Kings bedding was nearly flat and therefore undeformed. The deformation event probably pulverized the rock. Several queens and their children were buried in these tombs, and the colors are spectacular.