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Entrances to QV78 and QV79. View of new electricity building and WC.
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QV 94 is a single-chambered shaft tomb on the north side of the Wadi, just behind the trailer currently used as the visitor WC. The shaft opening is wide with a low, modern rubble wall surrounding it.

The tomb was cleared by the Franco-Egyptian team in 1987. The archaeological remains recovered, including a substantial assemblage of pottery typical of the reign of Amenhetep III, suggests that the tomb was initially carved during the 18th Dynasty. The bones of several children were also present in the tomb.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhetep III.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Amenhetep III


1987: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

The tomb was used as a dump for waste from the WC and was therefore not accessed during the GCI-SCA site assessment (2006-2008). From above, the shaft entrance shows evidence of erosion, resulting in a wide, unstable and potentially dangerous opening. The tomb is located within the path of a side drainage that feeds the main flood path. Erosion of the shaft opening suggests that the tomb may have flooded in the past. 


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.

Leblanc, Christian and Magdi Mohamed Fekri. L’exploration archéologique des vallées laterales de tA st nfrw. Atti del Sesto Congresso Internazionale di Egittologia. Vol. 1. Turin: International Association of Egyptologists, 1993: 259-268.