The Valley of the Kings, List of Egyptian Royal Tombs

Some of the commentaries here are from Baedeker's Egypt (Prentice Hall Press, no date), which gives a numeral list of all the Valley of the kings tombs.

Tomb KV 1 Pharaoh Ramesses VII
Tomb KV 2 Pharaoh Ramesses IV, surviving papyrus plan
Tomb KV 3 a son of Pharaoh Ramesses III
Tomb KV 4 Pharaoh Ramesses XI
Tomb KV 5 sons of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reëxamined, 1989)
Tomb KV 6 Pharaoh Ramesses IX
Tomb KV 7 Pharaoh Ramesses II
Tomb KV 8 Pharaoh Merenptah
Tomb KV 9 Pharaoh Ramesses V & VI; tomb of Memnon to Greek travelers
Tomb KV 10 Amenmesse(s)
Tomb KV 11 Pharaoh Ramesses III, started by Setnakht
Tomb KV 12 anonymous royal family tomb crossover Pharaoh Ramesses VI
Tomb KV 13 Bay (chancellor to Siptah and Twosret)
Tomb KV 14 Twosret (and Seti II?), Absorbed by Setnakht
Tomb KV 15 Pharaoh Seti II
Tomb KV 16 Pharaoh Ramesses I, 1817
Tomb KV 17 Pharaoh Seti I, 1817
Tomb KV 18 Pharaoh Ramesses X
Tomb KV 19 Pharaoh Ramesses Montuhirkopeshef (King Ramesses VIII?), 1817
Tomb KV 20 Pharaoh Thutmose I and queen Hatshepsut, the 1st tomb in the Valley, 1799
Tomb KV 21 XVIII Dynasty queens, 1817
Tomb WV 22 Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Western Valley, 1799
Tomb WV 23 Aye (primitively Tutankhamon) in Western Valley, 1816
Tomb WV 24 anonymous in Western Valley
Tomb WV 25 maybe Akhenaton's archetype tomb in Western Valley, 1817
Tomb KV 26 1898
Tomb KV 27 XVIII Dynasty family tomb, 1898
Tomb KV 28 in 1898
Tomb KV 29 in 1899
Tomb KV 30 XVIII Dynasty family tomb, 1817
Tomb KV 31 in 1817
Tomb KV 32 in 1898
Tomb KV 33 in 1898
Tomb KV 34 Pharaoh Thutmose III, 1898
Tomb KV 35 Pharaoh Amenhotep II, 1898
Tomb KV 36 Mahirpra, 1899
Tomb KV 37 anonymous tomb, 1899
Tomb KV 38 Pharaoh Thutmose I (resettled by Pharaoh Thutmose III from KV 20), 1899
Tomb KV 39 maybe tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep I, 1899
Tomb KV 40 anonymous tomb, 1899
Tomb KV 41 anonymous tomb, in 1899
Tomb KV 42 Hatshepsut-Merytre (wife of King Thutmose III), 1900
Tomb KV 43 Pharaoh Thutmose IV, in 1903
Tomb KV 44 XVIII Dynasty, but arresting Tentkaru of XXII Dynasty, in 1901
Tomb KV 45 Userhet (XVIII Dynasty), 1902
Tomb KV 46 Yuya and Tuya, raises of Queen Tiye, 1905
Tomb KV 47 Siptah, in 1905
Tomb KV 48 Vizir Amenemopet (XVIII Dynasty), in 1906
Tomb KV 49 XVIII Dynasty, in 1906
Tomb KV 50-52 anmial burials, in 1906
Tomb KV 53 in 1905/1906
Tomb KV 54 Pharaoh Tutankhamen cache, 1907
Tomb KV 55 Amarna cache (Pharaoh Akhenaton?/Tiye?), around 1907
Tomb KV 56 "Gold Tomb," jewelry cache from rule of king Seti II and Twosret, 1908
Tomb KV 57 Pharaoh Haremhab, 1908
Tomb KV 58 in 1909
Tomb KV 59 "tomb commencement" pit
Tomb KV 60 Sitre-in & Hatshepsut?, 1903
Tomb KV 61 in 1910
Tomb KV 62 Pharaoh Tutankhamon (originally Aye), in 1922


On the canopic chest, the theme of 4s in Egyptian believed and ritual is the most prominently manifest. While the embalmed heart was brought back to the chest of the at rest, the liver, lungs, stomach, and bowels were individually packaged, coffined, and hived away. Each of these was then below the aegis of one of the Sons of Horus, Imset (or Amset) for the bouncier, Hapi for the lungs, Duamutef for the stomach, and Kebekhsenuf for the bowels. Stone canopic chests commonly have four chambers for the 4 coffins, concluded with 4 stoppers, which themselves are either in the anatomy of 4 human or of one human and 3 animal heads. With King Tutankhamon we are golden to have the further gear of the gilt shrine and maul for the canopic chest, and the 4 guardian goddesses who follow the whole, each described by a symbolic gimmick on her head: Isis following the liver from the southwesterly, her sister Nephthys following the lungs from the northwest, Neith, the ancient goddess of Sais, watching over the stomach from the southeast, and finally Serket, a scorpion goddess, watching over the bowels from the northeast. The anatomies of these goddesses are masterpieces of art, now usable in endless breedings.

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KV5, The tomb of sons of Ramesses II

In 1987, the Theban Mapping Project resettled a tomb close the entrance of the Valley of the Kings that had been “baffled” for closely a century. Called KV5, it was the fifth tomb in the south of the valley’s entrance to be numerated by John Gardner Wilkinson in his 1827 appraise of the royal tombs. The tomb was first referred in modern world in 1825 by the Englishman James Burton. Burton dug a constrict channel by the densely packed detritus that filled the tomb (debris dampened in during accented rains to which the valley is at times subjected) and brought off to crawl around 25 meters (eighty feet) on the far side its entrance.

But in the 8 chambers into which he was capable to slither, he saw no medallion or objects, and adjudicated that KV5 was uninteresting, merely a debris-packed-hole in the ground. A century afterward, Howard Carter also adjudicated the tomb was of no appraise and dumped detritus from his nearby diggings atop its becharm.

But briefly afterward it relocated KV 5 and began to clean the detritus from its 1st chamber, the Theban Mapping Project ascertained that the tomb was adorned with significant scenes and texts that broke it had been the burial lay of a lot of sons of Rameses II. During the next many years, diggings found decoration on every wall and pillar they cleared. In February 1995, while apprehending along the back surround of chamber 3, a huge sixteen-pillared hall, the Theban Mapping Project exposed a doorway that led into a series of long corridors. Extending deep into the hillside, more fifty side chambers reached their left and right. KV 5 suddenly had become the largest tomb ever ascertained in the Valley of the Kings and one of the biggest in all Egypt. It was a tomb alone in plan and in its operate as a mausoleum for a lot of members of the royal family.

Clearing has bore on, and by 2004 the Theban Mapping Project had discovered over 130 corridors and chambers in KV5, and many more are certain to be exposed in the future. The hugely complicated plan of the tomb reveals features that were dug on many different charges, in many dissimilar directions, providing multiple burial suites for at the least six sons of Rameses II. 100s of thousands of potsherds, thousands of broken aims, animal bones, and human persists have been found in the detritus. Some were dampened into the tomb, some were ascertained in place. On the walls are the calls and titles of Rameses II and his sons; aspects of the king acquainting sons to deities in the netherworld; and copies of religious writing* such as the Book of the Dead’s Negative Confession. The debris backing up KV 5 is so densely bundled and the process of ascertaining structural constancy so time consuming, that by 2003 only two dozen of the tomb’s a lot of chambers had been absolved. It will take many years of work earlier KV5 can be afforded to the public.

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