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Entrances of QV8, QV9, and QV10.
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Entryway A

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The shaft entryway has a modern masonry surround with cement plaster spanned by a metal grill.


Cutting finished

Burial chamber B

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A large, undecorated and well cut burial chamber. 

  • Chamber plan:

  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:



Cutting finished



QV 8 lies on the south side of the main Wadi, between the paved path and the higher footpath to the south. The tomb has one chamber (B) and the shaft (A) has a modern masonry surround with cement plaster spanned by a metal grill. The tomb contains no decoration.

QV 8 was not fully cleared when the TMP survey was undertaken in 1981. From 1984-85, the Franco-Egyptian Mission systematically excavated the tomb and attributed it to Hori, a prince of the 18th Dynasty, as well as two other 18th Dynasty individuals, an anonymous princess and an individual named Amenwesekhet. The finds from the tomb also indicated that it had been reused in the Late Period (25th-26th Dynasties). The last clearing of the tomb was conducted by the CNRS and SCA in December 2010.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and was reused in the Late period (25th-26th Dynasties).


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Late Period
Dynasty 25


1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
1984-1985: Publication, Conservation, Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
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 generally appears stable. Its shaft (A) and chamber (B) ceiling are marl, and the walls and floor of the chamber are cut into shale that appears to be of a higher quality than that found in adjacent tombs QV 3, QV 4, QV 7, and QV 81. Trash had accumulated at base of shaft and was removed in 2007. The tomb opening is susceptible to flooding, endangering the shale of the main chamber. 


Prince Hori

King's son Hori
sA-nswt Hri


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.


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