Anatomy of a Tomb: Modern Tomb Designations

Door Pivot Holes
Gates were usually closed with a pair of wooden door leaves that turned on pivots at the upper and lower outer corners [16256, 16257]. A corresponding pair of holes cut into the soffit was designed to engage the upper pivots [16132] while two trenches in the floor behind the threshold allowed the lower pivots to be slid into place [17148]. In some cases, wood or stone blocks were inserted to act as bearings [19524].     16256 16257 16132 17148 19524
Lintel Beam Slot
The gates in many tombs have a horizontal slot cut into the soffit into which a wooden beam was set. Its most frequent use was to receive the pivots of the tops of door leaves, as a supplement or replacement for door pivot holes [16261, 16262]. In a few instances, such as entryway A of KV 4, this beam was probably put in to support fissured rock weakened by the cutting of the gate [11433, 17133].     16261 16262 11433 17133

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