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Entrance to QV65.
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The entry of QV 65, located north of QV 64 on the northern side of the main Wadi, consists of a modern concrete and rubble retaining surround. Steep stairs lead down to a main chamber and smaller side chamber. 

Elizabeth Thomas compared the tomb's form with QV 7 and QV 20 and suggested that the smaller side chamber was intrusive; she also noted that the floor was clear with no evidence of a burial and speculated that perhaps it was never used, possibly because the rock was considered unsafe. When the Franco-Egyptian Mission cleared the tomb in 1986, they found that the ceilings of both chambers had collapsed and subsequently removed the debris as part of their archaeological investigation. Debris currently in the tomb is from more recent ceiling collapse. The tomb has been dated to the 18th Dynasty and appears to have been reused in the Roman Period.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and reused during the Roman Period.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Graeco-Roman Era
Roman Period


1828: Documentation
Wilkinson, John Gardner
1959-1960: Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1986: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
1990-1991: Conservation
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
1994: Conservation
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, while the marl of the tomb appears to be in stable condition, much of the ceiling in both chambers has collapsed in the past. Following this collapse, the rock layer separating the ceiling of the tomb and the surface is now very shallow. Prominent fissures are also visible in both chambers. Dried mud now coats the floor, evidence of the 1994 flood. At that time, the tomb was completely filled with water that the Franco-Egyptian Mission removed by pump. Three bats were observed roosting in the tomb in November 2007. More than ten bats were observed in the side chamber in December 2009. Ancient and recent (1994) flooding has contributed to the substantial collapse found in this tomb. 


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.


CNRS mission report: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). Rapport d'activité 1987-1988 URA no. 1064, 1987-1988.

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