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Entrance to QV87
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QV 87 is located on the south side of the main Wadi, upslope from the main pathway of the southwest branch. It consists of a shaft entrance leading into a rough single chamber and is adjoined by QV 34, the side chamber of which is cut directly into QV 87. A cemented masonry surround with a metal grill was installed by the SCA as of December 2009.

The tomb was discovered by the Italian Archaeological Expedition (1903-1905) and was last cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1988-89. At the time of their work, they speculated that the Ramesside workers excavating QV 34 had forgotten the placement of the earlier 18th Dynasty QV 87 and accidentally cut through its wall. A modest pottery assemblage was discovered in the tomb by the Franco-Egyptian Mission.

Noteworthy features:

QV 87 is single-chambered undecorated 18th Dynasty shaft tomb that is adjoined by QV 34. 

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty. During the construction of the 19th Dynasty QV 34, the tomb workers broke through to the QV 87, presumably having forgotten its placement.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1903-1905: Discovery
Italian Archaeological Expedition
1988-1989: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Conservation History

According to the GCI-SCA, previous interventions have tried to stabilize the tomb through the application of cement in the rear of the chamber along cracks and at the interface between shale and marl layers.

Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb is structurally compromised with severely fractured and friable rock throughout the chamber. The poor quality of the rock is the principal factor in the deterioration of the tomb. The collapse of the adjacent rock overburden in the main chamber of QV 34 likely contributed to deterioration as well. 


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. Rapport d'activité 1988/1989 and1989/1990 URA no. 1064. Recherches sur les nécropoles thébaines et le Ramésseum; Publication des temples de la Nubie, 1988.

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

Loyrette, Anne-Marie, Magdi Fikri, Catherine Bridonneau, Said Amer El-Fiki, and Francis Janot. Vallée des Reines: la tombe VdR 34 d’une reine inconnue et le puits VdR 87. Memnonia, 9 (1998): 121-138.