The Valleys of the Nobles are divided into several necropolises distributed over the West Bank at Luxor. More than 1,000 private tombs have been found and numbered. Most of them can be dated to the 18th through 20th Dynasties, although some were reused during the 25th and 26th Dynasties (760–525 BC). Because there are so many of these tombs scattered over a wide area, several ticket options exist. For example, some individual tombs have their own admission fees (usually around £E25–£E30). Other tombs are grouped together on a single ticket, sometimes combining one or two popular tombs with one or two lesser-known options.
As the name of the valley indicates, nobles mostly occupied the necropolises, but priests and officials were buried here as well. Funerary scenes appear in the tombs, but so do scenes of the daily life of the time; it is not unusual in these tombs to admire the joy of a banquet, discover the leisure-time activities, and analyze the professional lives of
Sheikh Abd al-Gurna is the largest necropolis. A present-day village was built on top of the cemetery. To protect the site, the government tried to relocate the local population to another village, made especially for them. The attempt was all in vain for many years. Finally, the government prevailed; at this writing, scarcely a trace of the village is left. Note that some tombs have their own separate admission fees.