Tomb KV47, located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, was used for the burial of Pharaoh Siptah of the Nineteenth Dynasty, though Siptah's mummy was found in KV35. KV47 was discovered on December 1905 by Edward R. Ayrton. Theodore M. Davis, Ayrton's sponsor, published an account of the site's discovery and excavation in 1908. Ayrton stopped his excavation in 1907 due to safety fears, Harry Burton returned in 1912 to dig further; the cutting of Chamber J1 was halted after the workmen cut into Side Chamber Ja of the tomb of Tia'a, KV32. The workmen were forced to abandon the chamber and create a second burial chamber, Chamber J2 Davis, Theodore M; the Tomb of Siphtah: With the Tomb of Queen Tîyi. London: Duckworth Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-7156-3073-3 Theban Mapping Project: KV47 - Includes detailed maps of most of the tombs
Tomb KV34 in the Valley of the Kings was the tomb of 18th dynasty Pharaoh Thutmose III. One of the first tombs to be dug in the Valley, it was cut high in the cliff face of the furthermost wadi. A steep corridor leads down, in a dog-leg shape, from the entrance past a deep well to a trapezoidal antechamber. Beyond the antechamber lies the cartouche-shaped burial chamber, off which stand four smaller side chambers; the stone sarcophagus in which Thutmose's body was placed is still in place in the burial chamber, albeit damaged by tomb robbers. Many of the wall decorations are in an unusual style not found elsewhere in the Valley of the Kings. On a yellow-tinged background, the earliest known version of the Amduat is traced, depicting the gods of Ancient Egypt as simple stick figures, in papyrus writing style; the Litany of Ra appears in the burial chamber, with a similar execution. The tomb was plundered in antiquity and its location lost, it was first excavated in 1898 under Victor Loret. Theban Mapping Project: KV34 - Includes description and plans of the tomb
Tomb KV11 is the tomb of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses III. Located in the main valley of the Valley of the Kings, the tomb was started by Setnakhte, but abandoned when it broke into the earlier tomb of Amenmesse. Setnakhte was buried in KV14; the tomb KV11 was restarted and extended and on a different axis for Ramesses III. The tomb has been open since antiquity, has been known variously as Bruce's Tomb and The Harper's Tomb; the 188-metre-long tomb is beautifully decorated. The second corridor is decorated with the Litany of Re. At the end of this corridor the axis of the tomb shifts; this third corridor is decorated with the Book of Gates and the Book of Amduat, leads over a ritual shaft, into a four-pillared hall. This hall is again decorated with the Book of Gates. A fourth corridor (decorated with scenes of the opening of the mouth ceremony and leads into a vestibule, with scenes of the Book of the Dead, into the burial chamber proper; the burial chamber is an eight-pillared hall in. This chamber is decorated with Book of divine scenes and the Book of the Earth.
Beyond this is a further set of annexes, decorated with the Book of Gates. Reeves, N & Wilkinson, R. H; the Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London. Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples, 1996, A. A. Gaddis, Cairo. Theban Mapping Project: KV11 - Includes description and plans of the tomb. Images taken from 3d models showing the breakthrough into KV10 from KV11
Tomb KV17, located in Egypt's Valley of the Kings and known by the names "Belzoni's tomb", "the Tomb of Apis", "the Tomb of Psammis, son of Nechois", is the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth Dynasty. It is one of the best decorated tombs in the valley, but now is always closed to the public due to damage; as per November 2017 holders of a 1000 EGP entry ticket or of a Luxor Pass can visit this tomb. It was first discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni on 16 October 1817; when he first entered the tomb he found the wall paintings in excellent condition with the paint on the walls still looking fresh and some of the artists paints and brushes still on the floor. The longest tomb in the valley, at 137.19 meters, it contains well preserved reliefs in all but two of its eleven chambers and side rooms. One of the back chambers is decorated with the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, which stated that the mummy's eating and drinking organs were properly functioning. Believing in the need for these functions in the afterlife, this was a important ritual.
A long tunnel leads away deep into the mountainside from beneath the location where the sarcophagus stood in the burial chamber. The excavation of this corridor was completed, it turned out that there was any other kind of chamber at the end. Work on the corridor was just abandoned upon the burial of Seti; the sarcophagus removed on behalf of the British consul Henry Salt is since 1824 in the Sir John Soane's Museum in London. KV17 was damaged when Jean-François Champollion, translator of the Rosetta Stone, removed a wall panel of 2.26 x 1.05 m in a corridor with mirror-image scenes during his 1828-29 expedition. Other elements were removed by his companion Rossellini or the German expedition of 1845; the scenes are now in the collections of the Louvre, the museums of Berlin. The tomb became known as the "Apis tomb" because when Giovanni Belzoni found the tomb a mummified bull was found in a side room off the burial hall. A number of walls in the tomb have collapsed or cracked due to excavations in the late 1950s and early 1960s causing significant changes in the moisture levels in the surrounding rocks.
Reeves, N. & Wilkinson, R. H; the Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London. Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples 1996, A. A. Gaddis, Cairo. Belzoni, Narratives of the operations and recent discoveries in Egypt and Nubia:... 1820 Theban Mapping Project: KV17 - Includes description and plans of the tomb. 360° Photosphere virtual visit of Seti I Tomb in the Kings' Valley
Tomb KV9 in Egypt's Valley of the Kings was constructed by Pharaoh Ramesses V. He was interred here, but his uncle, Ramesses VI reused the tomb as his own; the layout is typical of the 20th dynasty – the Ramesside period – and is much simpler than that of Ramesses III's tomb. The workmen accidentally broke into KV12; the entrance is decorated with a disk containing a scarab and an image of the ram-headed Ra between Isis and Nephthys who are kneeling. The jambs and thicknesses, mentions the name of Ramesses VI; the jambs are usurped from Ramesses V. On both sides are images of Ramesses VI before Osiris; the scenes depicted Ramesses V but were usurped. On the south wall of the corridor are scenes from the Book of Gates, while the North wall is decorated with scenes from the Book of Caverns; the corridor ends in a hall, decorated with an intricate astronomical ceiling. On the left wall the Book of Gates is continued; the decorations show divisions 10 and 11 including Nun holding up the bark of Ra with Nut above the scene.
On the right side of the hall the Book of Caverns scenes continue. Above the entrance to the next corridor the king is shown libating before Osiris. Ramesses Vi is shown is a variety of scenes before gods and goddesses such as Meretseger, Khonsu and Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. In the descent to the second corridor the decorations show scenes from the Book of the Imi-Duat; the ceiling depicts the barks of Ra and the Books of the Night. Ramesses VI is shown before Hekau, Maat; the last hall contains scenes from the Book of Aker. In the Graeco-Roman period, the tomb was identified as that of Memnon, the mythological king of the Ethiopians who fought in the Trojan War; as a result, it was visited. Reeves, N & Wilkinson, R. H; the Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London. Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples, 1996, A. A. Gaddis, Cairo. Theban Mapping Project: KV9 - Includes description and plans of the tomb. Views of KV9 & KV12
Tomb KV19, located in a side branch of Egypt's Valley of the Kings, was intended as the burial place of Prince Ramesses Sethherkhepshef, better known as Pharaoh Ramesses VIII, but was used for the burial of Prince Mentuherkhepshef instead, the son of Ramesses IX, who predeceased his father. The first corridor was still incomplete when work was abandoned, the tomb was used "as is." The tomb decorations show the tomb owner being escorted by his father and presented to several deities, including Osiris, Khonsu and Ptah. What decoration which remains in this corridor is considered to be of the highest quality. Reeves, N & Wilkinson, R. H; the Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London. Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples, 1996, A. A. Gaddis, Cairo. Media related to KV19 at Wikimedia Commons Theban Mapping Project: KV19 - Includes description and plans of the tomb
Tomb KV13, located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, was cut and decorated for the burial of the noble Bay of the Nineteenth Dynasty. An ostraca published in the French Egyptological journal BIFAO in 2000 records that Chancellor Bay was executed by pharaoh Siptah. Bay was never buried in his tomb. Moreover, no funerary goods were found in the tomb belonging to Bay, it was reused by two princes of the Twentieth Dynasty, Mentuherkhepsef, a son of Ramesses III, his nephew, Amenherkhepshef, a son of Ramesses VI. Reeves, N & Wilkinson, R. H; the Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London. Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples, 1996, A. A. Gaddis, Cairo. Theban Mapping Project: KV13 - Includes description and plans of the tomb