Raiders of KV 46 How thorough were the robbers who plundered the tomb of
Yuya and Tuyu? How many times was the tomb robbed, and what were the thieves
after? This study of post interment activity in KV 46 provides some answers.
Special KV 55 Section
Follow the trail of the missing treasures from mysterious KV 55.
Special Section: An
Audience With Amenophis II Journey
once more with Pierre Loti as he explores the shadowy chambers of KV 35 in the
Most of the images on this website have been
scanned from books, all of which are given explicit credit and, wherever
possible, a link to a dealer where they may be purchased. Some images derive
from other websites. These websites are also acknowledged in writing and by
being given a link, either to the page or file where the images appear, or to
the main page of the source website. Images forwarded to me by individuals who
do not supply the original image source are credited to the sender. All written
material deriving from other sources is explicitly credited to its author.
Feel free to use material from the Theban Royal Mummy Project website.
No prior written permission is required. Just please follow the same guidelines
which I employ when using the works of other researchers, and give the Theban
Royal Mummy Project propercredit on your own papers, articles, or
This website is constantly developing and contributions
of data from other researchers are welcomed.
Contact The Theban Royal Mummy Project at:
Background Image: Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl
Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler (Berlin: 1849-1859.)
Special Exhibit The Tomb of Maihirpre
Gallery III Opened February 25, 2001
Vases & Bowls Vessels of numerous shapes and materials were found in
Maihirpre's tomb, some of which still remained sealed. The terracotta bowl on
the lower left of this plate contained small pieces of bread along with sycamore
leaves, some of which were still attached to their twigs. KV 36 had been robbed
in antiquity, and most of the portable metal objects and expensive linens
normally included in high status burials were conspicuously absent when Loret
discovered the tomb. However, some of the jar sealings remained intact and a few
of the jars still contained their original contents.
This is especially significant, since the expensive oils which some of them held
were usually among the first items to be stolen because they did not keep long.
Some of the dockets attached to the jars indicated that they had contained b3k-oil,
a very expensive commodity made from moringa nuts. The calcite vase seen on the
far right in this plate still contained about three quarts of rancid oil when it
The fact that the expensive oils were not
stolen indicates that they had probably gone
rancid by the time the tomb was robbed.
Reeves theorizes that KV 36 had remained
intact for many years. He points out that
Howard Carter discovered numerous 19'th-
20'th Dynasty ostraca in the vicinity of
KV 36, and believes this is the time frame
during which the tomb was entered by thieves.
He discounts Engelbach's opinion that the tomb
was restored in the 21'st Dynasty, and argues
that its restoration probably occurred soon
after it was plundered.