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Entrance to QV67 with visitors shelter at QV66 in background.
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Like most of its neighbors, QV 67 is a roughly-hewn shaft tomb with a single chamber. It lies on the north side of the main Wadi, adjacent to the entrances of QV 69 and Unknown 1. The shaft opening has a modern, cemented brick surround and a metal grill.

At the time of her visit, Elizabeth Thomas (1959-60) mentions that this tomb was partially filled but still visible. The Franco-Egyptian team cleared the tomb in 1987-88. The associated mission reports confuse QV 67 with QV 69, which can easily be distinguished because it is described as having five chambers. 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: Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1987-1988: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2008: Tomb clearance
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the single chamber is in relatively good condition, despite the presence of fractures and areas of deteriorated, loose rock. One wall has active rock loss along a joint plane at the base of the wall. The rock above was previously lost along the same plane, either at the time of excavation or subsequently. Some large open fractures have substantial salt or gypsum infill, but no signs of efflorescence on rock surfaces were noted. The roof structure appears relatively shallow and may be prone to collapse. The presence of mud on walls and part of the ceiling, cracked mud on the floor, and a band of brown stain at the base of the walls indicate that the tomb has flooded. Evidence of biological activity includes wasps nests, large spiders and webs, and bat droppings. Water infiltration is the primary cause of rock deterioration and loss. However, there seems to be minimal loss since the 1987-88 clearing of the tomb, since no fresh losses were noted. 


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.