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Entrances to QV24 and QV25
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Chamber B

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A large, roughly cut, rectangular and undecorated chamber with blackened walls, ceiling, and floor surfaces. A portion of a mummified body was found in the chamber.


Cutting finished



QV 25 is an undecorated, single-chambered shaft tomb on the south side of the main Wadi. It lies south of the fork in the valley, at the beginning of the southwest branch and upslope from the retaining wall. The shaft entrance (A) has a masonry surround coated with cement and leads into a rectangular burial chamber (B). The unfinished tomb QV 24 lies immediately to the north of QV 25, and actually adjoins through a small break in the shaft. 

Elizabeth Thomas (1959-60) mentioned that the shaft is roughly cut and the chamber thoroughly blackened. She further speculated that QV 24 was cut later and was most likely abandoned after reaching QV 25. The tomb has been dated to the 18th Dynasty.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2010: Tomb clearance
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, while the blackened rock is extensively fractured and some loss of rock is evident, the tomb appears to be stable. The floor of the chamber was littered with trash at the time of the GCI-SCA assessment and was removed in 2007. The poor quality of rock in areas has led to localized loss. The tomb opening is also in a location susceptible to large amounts of upslope runoff. 


Geography and Geology of the Valley of the Queens and Western Wadis

The Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis are made up of numerous valleys spread out over a vast space of desert, each containing tombs for the New Kingdom queens and other royal family members. The poor quality rock has led to damage in several tombs after suffering from earthquakes and floods.


Demas, Martha and Neville Agnew (eds). Valley of the Queens. Assessment Report. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2012, 2016. Two vols.

Macke, André, Christiane Macke-Ribet, Christian Leblanc, and Jacques Connan. Ta set neferou: une necropole de Thebes-Ouest et son histoire: momification, chimie des baumes, anthropologie, paléopathologie. Vol. 5. Cairo: Nubar Printing House, 2002.