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Tomb KV32


Tomb KV32, located in the East Valley, appears to have been the burial place of Queen Tia'a, the wife of the eighteenth dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep II. It was first discovered, and subsequently excavated, by Victor Loret in 1898.

Steps leading to KV31, KV32, KV33 and KV34KV32, located in the south branch of the southwest wadi, is unfinished and roughly cut.

From the entrance, two sloping corridors, divided by an intervening stairway, lead to an unfinished burial chamber. The burial chamber has a broken pillar in its centre and has a side chamber leading off its left hand wall.

KV32 was never finished, and remains undecorated.

According to Harry Burton, the tomb was accidentally cut into during the cutting of the tomb of the nineteenth dynasty pharaoh Siptah (KV47).

It has recently been excavated by the MISR Project: Mission Siptah-Ramses X of the University of Basel. The mission recently discovered a canopic chest of Queen Tia'a, thus allowing the tomb owner to be identified.
KV32
Tomb of Tia'a

..ii..Location: East Valley
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.iDiscovered: 1898
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iiiiExcavator: Victor Loret
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.i.iExcavated: 1898
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ikiTotal area: 106.30m²
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.ki.Axis Type: Straight
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kiDecoration:
None
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........Objects:
Architectural elements
Tomb equipment




Tomb KV33


Tomb KV33, located in the East Valley, is possibly an eighteenth dynasty tomb. Nothing is positively known about the tomb's owner, or whether it was ever used. It was first discovered, and subsequently excavated, by Victor Loret in 1989.

General area of the tombKV33 is located in the south branch of the southwest wadi, northeast of the tomb of Thutmose III (KV34). The only description of the tomb was given in the Baedeker guidebook, which stated that it was small and accessible via a flight of steps.

It consists of two undecorated chambers, but it has never been fully cleared and no accurate plan exists.

According to Elizabeth Thomas, the tomb may have been dug as a subsidiary burial for Thutmose III. Weigall, however, proposed that it belonged to a member of Thutmose III's royal family or the family of the vizier Rekhmire. The tomb was never used.

The tomb is currently inaccessible, a modern bench having been built over its entrance.
KV33
Tomb of Unknown

..ii..Location: East Valley
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.iDiscovered: 1898
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iiiiExcavator: Victor Loret
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.i.iExcavated: 1898
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ikiTotal area: Unknown
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.ki.Axis Type: Unknown
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kiDecoration:
Unknown
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........Objects:
Unknown




Tomb KV34


Tomb KV34, located in the East Valley, was the burial place of the eighteenth dynasty pharaoh Thutmose III. The tomb was discovered in 1898 by Inspector Hosni and first excavated by Victor Loret in the same year.

KV34 - CorridorThe tomb was cut high in the cliff face at the head of the southernmost wadi in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb represents a transition in the design of royal tombs.

From the steep entryway a corridor leads to a small chamber. From here a central descent leads onto a second corridor which, in turn, leads to the Hall of Waiting (an architectural innovation found in succeeding tombs). Beyond the Hall of Waiting is a trapezoidal Chariot Hall with two central pillars whose axis lies at 90 degrees to the preceeding passageways. From the left hand corner a stairwell descends to a large, cartouche shaped burial chamber. The burial chamber has two central pillars with two side chambers on either side.

The Chariot Hall is painted with the 741 divinities of the Amduat that generate the daily sun, while the burial chamber is decorated with the first complete version of the Amduat, depicting the Egyptian dieties as simple stick figures on a yellow-tinged background (intended to resemble papyrus). The chamber also contains the earliest version of the Litany of Re, to be found on the two central pillars.
KV34
Tomb of Thutmose III

..ii..Location: East Valley
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.iDiscovered: 1898
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iiiiExcavator: Victor Loret
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.i.iExcavated: 1898
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ikiTotal area: 310.92
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.ki.Axis Type: Bent
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kiDecoration:
Grafitti
Painting
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........Objects:
Architectural elements
Human mummies
Lighting equipment
Mammal remains
Models
Scarabs and seals
Sculpture
Tomb equipment
Vessels

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KV34 - Khekher Frieze from the Hall of Waiting
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KV34 - Chariot Hall - Amduat, tenth and eleventh hours: list of deities.
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kv34 - Burial Chamber - Amduat, eleventh hour, upper register, scenes 1-3
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KV34 - Burial chamber - sarcophagus showing Imsety, Anubis, and Duamutef
The tomb was plundered in antiquity, and the sarcophagus (bottom left), as well as many of the remaining objects, were found damaged.
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KV34 - Chariot Hall - Amduat, tenth and eleventh hours
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Two damaged mummies found in KV34 were also disturbed, indicating that the tomb was entered again after their burial.

Other items found in the tomb included a number of wooden statues of the king and various deities, pieces of wooden model boats, pottery and animal bones from a baboon and a bull.

kv34 - Burial Chamber - Amduat, eleventh hour, upper register, scenes 1-3
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The badly damaged mummy of Thutmose III, which was removed and re-wrapped during the twenty-first dynasty, was found in its original outer coffin in the Deir el Bahri Cache, DB320, in 1881.

KV34 - burial chamber pillar - Litany of Re, text and forms of Re
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Tomb KV35


Tomb KV35, located in the East Valley, was the burial place of the eighteenth dynasty pharaoh Amenhotep II. Located in the west branch of the southwest wadi, the tomb was discovered in 1898 by Victor Loret and excavated the same year.

KV35 - EntranceThe sequence of stairways, corridors and chambers is essentially the same as the tomb of his predecessor, Thutmose III (KV34).

From the entrance a stairway leads to the first corridor. This corridor is followed by a second stairway and corridor, leading to the Hall of Waiting, with a side chamber opening off the foot of the well.

Beyond the Hall of Waiting is the Chariot Hall, its axis sitting at 90 degrees to that of the preceeding passages. A stepped descent at the far left corner of this chamber leads, via a sloping corridor, to the burial chamber.

The burial chamber has six pillars in three sets of two, with steps between the rearmost leading to a sunken portion (crypt) containing the red quartzite sarcophagus. There are two side chambers off the upper area and two off the crypt.

Only the burial chamber was decorated. The decoration showed representations of Amenhotep II with various deities and also included the complete text of the Amduat, together with the corresponding illustrations. The whole text is painted as though on a huge papyrus. On the ceiling is a pattern of gold stars on a dark blue background.
KV35
Tomb of Amenhotep II

..ii..Location: East Valley
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.iDiscovered: 1898
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iiiiExcavator: Victor Loret
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.i.iExcavated: 1898
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ikiTotal area: 362.85
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.ki.Axis Type: Bent
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kiDecoration:
Painting
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........Objects:
Accessories
Architectural elements
Clothing
Food
Human mummies
Jewellery
Models
Sculpture
Tomb equipment
Vegetal remains
Vessels
Warfare & hunting equipment
Written documents
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KV35 - Burial chamber
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KV35 - pillar showing images of Amenhotep II
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KV35 - Sarcophagus
The king's mummy, which was found intact, still lay in its sarcophagus when the tomb was discovered. The mummy was subsequently transferred to the Cairo Museum in 1928.

KV35 - Upper burial chamber

Within the first annex on the right of the burial chamber Loret found three stripped corpses without coffins, among them possibly Amenhotep II's son, Webensenu, and his mother, Hatshepsut-Meryetre.

In a second side chamber, which was enclosed by a stone wall, was found a cache of other royal burials. The cache included the mummies of:

and an unknown woman, possibly Twosret.

In all, Loret found the remains of 17 royal burials in the cache.
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KV35 - model boat
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Though the tomb had been robbed in antiquity, there were a number of items found within the tomb, including royal and divine figures, and other equipment.

Almost all the objects had been smashed.



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