National Geographic : 1913 Sep
TOMBS OF THE KINGS: THEBES "In 1881 M. (now Sir Gaston) Maspero was led to the mouth of a disused tomb at the foot of the cliffs ofDeir-el-Bahari, where, inthe bowels of the earth, was discovered the most wonderful collection of the mummies of the great kingsofthe most glittering period ofEgyptian history. . . The mummies were found, by hastily scrawled inscriptions on their bandages, to havebeen gathered intheir hiding place bythe priests of the 21st and 22d dynasties. . . . The panic-stricken priests shifted the bodies of their dead masters from tomb to tomb ...until at last, about 940 B. C., they found in the pit of Deir-el-Bahari a resting place sufficiently obscure tobaffle their relentless enemies" (see pages 986 and 989).