Anatomy of a Tomb: Modern Tomb Designations

Sarcophagus Emplacement
The sarcophagus was often placed on or in some sort of structure or excavation set into the floor of the burial chamber. In many instances, blocks of either fine quality limestone or "Egyptian alabaster" served as a base and were placed in a recess or recesses cut into the floor (KV 34. KV 35, KV 22, KV 62, KV 23, KV 8 [15423, 15429]). In other cases, the sarcophagus was placed in a depression cut into the floor (KV 47, KV 9 [16284]). Many of these depressions have been covered over recently by modern flooring.     15423 15429 16284
Burial Pit
Sometimes the body was placed in a pit cut into the floor of the burial chamber, either in a coffin or without one [16259, 11105]. Provision was made for covering it, either with stone slabs (KV 5 [11107], KV 19) or a single stone cover (KV 1) [17129]. This is actually a substitute for the freestanding box and lid that comprise a sarcophagus.     16259 11105 11107 17129
Canopic Chest Emplacement
Although few of these chests have been found in their original setting, the canopic chest [12343] was probably placed either at the foot of the sarcophagus or in a separate side chamber off the burial chamber (KV 62). The only certain emplacement for a canopic chest is the square pit at the foot of the sarcophagus in the burial chamber of Amenhetep III (KV 22) [17130]. There is also one emplacement for a canopic jar, in KV 1.     12343 17130

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