Anatomy of a Tomb: Modern Tomb Designations

Four rectangular holes were cut into the walls of the burial chamber surrounding the sarcophagus from the reign of Amenhetep II through at least that of Rameses II to hold magical brick niches. Since the wall surfaces are still plastered in the expected positions for brick niches in KV 8 and KV 14, and the burial chambers were never completed in other Dynasty 19 royal tombs, we cannot say if the practice continued beyond the reign of Rameses II. In tombs of Dynasty 18, one niche is cut into each wall of the part of the burial chamber containing the sarcophagus [17126, 17125, 14894, 14123]. From the reign of Horemheb through that of Rameses II, the niches are placed as pairs high in the walls opposite the head and foot ends of the sarcophagi [17128, 10498, 17127, 16197, 13834]. They were made to hold mud bricks incised with protective texts from spell 151 of the Book of the Dead and with figures attached ( a mummy, a jackal on a shrine, a djed-pillar, and a torch).     17126 17125 14894 14123 17128 10498 17127 16197 13834
Vaulted Ceiling
Through the reign of Horemheb, the ceiling above the sunken portion of the burial chamber was flat [12639], but beginning with Sety I it was carved as a vault [15477]. The vaulting, sometimes called barrel vaulting, has a semicircular profile, usually with an axis parallel to the long axis of the burial chamber.     12639 15477

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