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Entrance to QV26
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Entryway A

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The shaft entrance has a modern cemented brick surround spanned by a metal grill.


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Chamber B

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Large, roughly cut and undecorated rectangular chamber with a low ceiling which shows evidence of collapse in antiquity. The chamber was largely excavated, but a significant pile of debris on the floor has not been excavated. Despite the ceiling damage, the chamber is believed to be structurally sound.


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Partly excavated



QV 26, which has a single chamber (B) with a low ceiling, is located on a slope on the south side of the main Wadi, a few meters south of the pathway retaining wall. The shaft entrance (A) has a modern cemented brick surround spanned by a metal grill. 

Elizabeth Thomas mentions its location just beyond QV 24 and QV 25 and surmises that the ceiling had collapsed in antiquity, given the rock fill and lack of any visible archaeological material.

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, the tomb is primarily cut into fractured, weak shale. Ceiling rock has collapsed in some areas. The ceiling of chamber (B) has been extensively plastered in modern times to stabilize falling rock. Nevertheless, following the GCI-SCA assessment from 2006-2008, the tomb was judged to be structurally sound. The poor quality of rock is the principal cause of areas of loss. 


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.