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Entryway A

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The entryway is composed of a steep staircase.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.63 m
  • Length:

    3.38 m
  • Area:

    5.34 m2
  • Orientation:

    173.4°

Corridor B

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The walls of the corridor are bent slightly and the ceiling is not straight.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.81 m
  • Width:

    1.73 m
  • Length:

    9.29 m
  • Area:

    14.79 m2
  • Volume:

    26.77 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Gate B

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The lintel of the gate is broken.

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.93 m
  • Width:

    1.12 m
  • Length:

    0.93 m
  • Area:

    1.04 m2
  • Volume:

    2.01 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Burial chamber J

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The floor is covered with dried mud. The chamber is trapezoidal. The edges of the ceiling are slightly rounded.

  • Chamber plan:

    Rectangular
  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

    Parallel
  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:

    Flat

Condition

Cutting unfinished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.96 m
  • Width:

    4.06 m
  • Length:

    3.89 m
  • Area:

    15.7 m2
  • Volume:

    30.77 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Gate J

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The gate slopes slightly down. The left (east) jamb is broken.

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.56 m
  • Width:

    1.25 m
  • Length:

    0.91 m
  • Area:

    1.17 m2
  • Volume:

    1.83 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

About the Tomb

About

KV 37 is located in the south branch off the southwest Wadi, below KV 34. It consists of an entrance (A), leading to the burial chamber J, through a single corridor (B). The tomb is undecorated and partly excavated.

Noteworthy features:

The tomb was probably used as a storeroom by robbers.

Site History

The pottery shows that KV 37 was originally used for a burial, and its plan and location suggest it was for royalty. Because of the diversity of objects found, Elizabeth Thomas believed that the tomb was later used as a storeroom by robbers.

Dating

This site was used during the following period(s):

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18

Exploration

1899: Discovery
Loret, Victor
1899: Excavation
Loret, Victor
1825: Visit
Burton, James
1889: Mapping/planning
Lefébure, Eugène

Conservation

Site Condition

The tomb is only partly excavated.

Articles

Tomb Robberies

From the day they were first sealed in antiquity, treasure-filled tombs in the Valley of the Kings were potential targets for theft.

Bibliography

Daressy, Georges.  Fouilles de la Vallée des Rois, 1898-1899 (= Catalogue Générale du Musée du Cairo, 24001-24990).  Cairo, 1902.  Pp. 299-301.

Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helk, Ebrnart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.). elck, Evbermnart Lexikon der Ägyptologie, 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1980.  Pp. 520.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 168.

Weeks, Kent R. (ed.).  Atlas of the Valley of the Kings (=Publications of the Theban Mapping Project, 1).  Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000.  Map sheet 52.

Wilkinson, Richard H. and Carl Nicholas Reeves.  The Complete Valley of the Kings.  London:  Thames and Hudson, 1996.  P. 183.