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The Treasures of Yuya and Tuyu
the funerary equipment of Queen Tiye's parents!
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.
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KV 55's Lost
Objects: Where Are They Today?
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Mystery of the
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The Tomb of Maihirpre
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important discovery of this nearly intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
Who were the real tomb raiders?
What beliefs motivated their actions? A new perspective on the ancient practice
of tomb robbing!
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Audience With Amenophis II Journey
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Background Image: Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl
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KV63--New Cache of Grave Goods
in The Valley of the Kings
Text and Commentary Updated 7/30/06 by
William Max Miller, M. A.
KV63, originally reported as the first new tomb to be discovered in the Valley
of the Kings since 1922,
was uncovered by a University of Memphis archeological team led by Otto Schaden
and Edwin Brock during excavations in the area of KV10--the tomb of 19'th
Dynasty Pharaoh Amenmesses. A shaft leading to KV63 was found late in
2005 while the excavators were clearing away the remains of some 19'th Dynasty
workmen's huts to the left and right of the entrance to KV10. By February 9,
2006, when news of the discovery first appeared in the media, excavations of
this shaft revealed that it led to a small single chamber structure, tentatively
dated to the 18'th Dynasty, which contained seven coffins and an
impressive collection of approximately 20 large pottery food jars, some with
At the time of its discovery, a lot of speculation concerning
KV63 appeared online. Robert Partridge offered the exciting theory
that KV63 could be a cache of Amarna royals, perhaps even Nefertiti herself
along with some of her daughters, who were originally interred at Akhetaten and
subsequently removed to the Royal Valley during the reign of Tutankhamen. This
theory, which admittedly was very colorful, was given some degree of plausibility
by the fact that KV63 was found a mere five meters from Tutankhamen's tomb and
close to KV55, a much-discussed tomb that was undoubtedly an Amarna-related
cache. Taking for granted that mummies would be discovered in the coffins (an
assumption never safe to make, as the history of Egyptology shows!) one theorist
hypothesized that they might be the remains of nobles
originally buried in KV62. Since its discovery by Howard Carter 84 years ago,
Egyptologists have known that Tutankhamen's tomb had not originally been
designed for a Pharaoh's final resting place. Too small for a royal interment,
KV62 had most likely been the tomb of a highly placed noble and his family
members (its four chambers show that it probably was intended for multiple
burials.) Tutankhamen's premature death occurred before a proper king's tomb
could be constructed for him, and so the diminutive KV62 was appropriated for
the boy king's use. If KV62 had actually been used for the burials of its
original owners, where were their mummies reburied? Perhaps, so this interesting
theory offered, they were moved into nearby KV63.
Subsequent information obtained during the actual clearance
of KV63 has eliminated many of the colorful hypothesis that circulated online
and in the media during the initial excitement surrounding the discovery. All
the evidence seems to support that KV63 is actually a cache of embalming
material and abandoned grave goods, and not the tomb that reports initially
indicated. None of the coffins contained mummies, and it seems premature to
label KV63 as "the tomb of Queen Kiya" (as some reports recently have) on the slender evidence for this
attribution found in the deposit. Stylistic considerations would seem to
date the small chamber and its contents to the 18'th dynasty, and a fragmentary
inscription bearing part of a cartouche reading "pa-aten" (part of the
original name of Ankhesenpaaten, Tutankhamen's young queen before she changed
her name by adding the "amen" suffix) seem to narrow the chronology of the deposit
to the late 18'th dynasty.
The most reasonable conjecture concerning the nature of
KV63 is that offered by Nicholas Reeves, who argues (very plausibly) that the
small cache of embalming materials and unused coffins strongly indicates the
presence of yet another undiscovered royal tomb nearby. Reeves, whose Valley of
the Kings Foundation has searched the royal Valley for undiscovered tombs using
radar, recently announced the discovery of an underground "anomaly" near the
entrance to KV62 which is similar to that which had initially alerted excavators
to the presence of KV63. Reeves argues that KV63 probably bears the same
relationship to this "anomaly" (which is presumably another tomb) that
KV54 bore to Tutankhamen's tomb. KV54, which was discovered for Theodore Davis
by Edward Ayrton during their 1907-1908 excavation season, contained refuse
material that had been used in the burial of Tutankhamen, and provided a highly
important clue which led to Howard Carter's discovery of the boy king's final
resting place in 1922. If Reeves is correct, the anomalous radar "blip" located
near KV62 may very well prove to be the long sought-for burial of several
missing Amarna-period royals.
Below is a collection of photos and links
connected with the KV63
discovery taken from various news sources on the internet. I'll update this page
as news develops. There are photos of KV63 everywhere online right now, so it's
hard to track all the sources in order to give proper credit. Most of the photos
used on this page were taken by Heather Alexander and Jane Akshar.