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KV 11
Rameses III

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General view of right wall and pillars.
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Entryway A

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A set of fourteen modern steps leads down from the present valley floor to the top of the ancient divided stairway. At the bottom of this entryway, beneath an overhang, tall recesses in the left (east) and right (west) walls contain two pilasters topped with the carved heads of horned animals.

Porter and Moss designation:

Approach A

Architectural Features

Divided stairway
Overhang
Pilasters
Recesses

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    3.19 m
  • Length:

    18.56 m
  • Area:

    60 m2
  • Orientation:

    178.72°

Decoration

  • Fauna

    carved heads of horned animals

Graffiti

  • Greek text:

    two graffiti left (East) wall

Gate B

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A step in the floor of the gate continues the descent from the entryway A into corridor B. The gate has compound jambs, a lintel beam slot, and trenches in the floor for door pivots, all of which show that the gate was to be closed by a pair of door leaves. Below the inner end of the overhang, the lintel shows a sun disk containing the scarab and ram-headed forms of Ra, flanked by Isis and Nephthys. The reveals and outer thicknesses bear the names of Rameses III, and kneeling winged Ma'at figures are shown on the inner thicknesses.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor B

Architectural Features

Compound jambs
Door pivot holes
Lintel beam slot
Steps

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.58 m
  • Width:

    2.13 m
  • Length:

    1.55 m
  • Area:

    3.62 m2
  • Volume:

    12.96 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Decoration

  • Sun disk on the horizon

    Lintel
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) outer thickness
  • Winged Ma'at figures

    left (East) inner thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) outer thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) inner thickness

Corridor B

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The left (east) wall is decorated with three scenes: Rameses III before Ra-Horakhty; the opening scene of the Litany of Ra with a disk containing a scarab and a ram-headed god between a serpent and a crocodile; and the beginning of the texts of the Litany of Ra, which continue on the right (west) wall. Efforts have been made to conserve this remaining decoration. Two gates, which open into small side chambers, stand opposite each other in the center of the side walls.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor B

Architectural Features

Ceiling recess

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.44 m
  • Width:

    2.7 m
  • Length:

    14.43 m
  • Area:

    38.68 m2
  • Volume:

    133.05 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Decoration

  • Deceased with deities

    Ra-Horakhty left (East) wall
  • Litany of Ra

    opening scene with a sun disk containing a scarab and a ram-headed god between a serpent and crocodile left (East) wall
  • Litany of Ra

    beginning of the texts left (East) wall
  • Litany of Ra

    continuation of texts right (West) wall

Graffiti

  • Greek text:

    two graffiti left (East) wall
  • Hieratic text:

    two graffiti left (East) wall

Gate Ba

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This gate leads to a small side chamber on the left (east) side of corridor B. The threshold is raised above the floor levels of corridor B and side chamber Ba. A door bolt hole in the thickness of the gate and a pivot hole in the ceiling of side chamber Ba show that the gate was to be closed by a wooden door.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room C

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.75 m
  • Width:

    0.99 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.31 m2
  • Volume:

    0.54 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor B

Side chamber Ba

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The walls of this side chamber are divided into two registers. The first shows bakers, cooks and butchers, and the second, bakers, brewers and a leather worker. The decoration here has been extensively damaged. A door pivot hole in the ceiling edge to the south of the gate shows that it was closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room C

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.89 m
  • Width:

    2.08 m
  • Length:

    1.76 m
  • Area:

    3.63 m2
  • Volume:

    6.87 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor B

Decoration

  • Craftsmen and tradesmen

    bakers, cooks, butchers, brewers, leather-worker All walls

Side chamber Bb

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The east wall of this side chamber contains the Litany of Ra and the three remaining walls show sailing boats in two registers. Much of the decoration has been lost. A door pivot hole in the ceiling edge north of the gate shows that the entry was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room D

Architectural Features

Door pivot hole

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.92 m
  • Width:

    2.09 m
  • Length:

    1.79 m
  • Area:

    3.73 m2
  • Volume:

    7.16 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor B

Decoration

  • Litany of Ra

    text front (East) wall
  • Pilgrimage

    four boats, two in each of two registers left (South) wall
  • Pilgrimage

    four boats, two in each of two registers rear (West) wall
  • Pilgrimage

    four boats, two in each of two registers right (North) wall
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Gate Bb

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This gate leads to a small side chamber on the right (west) side of corridor B. A door bolt hole in the left (south) thickness of the gate, as well as a pivot hole in the ceiling of side chamber Bb show that it was to be closed by a wooden door. The threshold is higher than the floor levels of chamber B and side chamber Bb.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room D

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.86 m
  • Width:

    0.96 m
  • Length:

    0.3 m
  • Area:

    0.29 m2
  • Volume:

    0.54 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor B

Gate C

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Two door pivot holes at the inner edge of the outer soffit show that the gate was to be closed by double wooden doors. The lintel of gate C is decorated with a winged disk, the reveals bear the names of Rameses III, and the thicknesses contain the Litany of Ra.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor E

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes
Compound jambs

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.11 m
  • Width:

    2.14 m
  • Length:

    1.62 m
  • Area:

    3.76 m2
  • Volume:

    12.12 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Decoration

  • Winged sun disk

    Lintel
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Litany of Ra

    left (East) thickness
  • Litany of Ra

    right (West) thickness

Corridor C

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Low rectangular recesses are set close to the ceiling at the north end of th east and west side walls. Four gates in each wall open into side chambers. The walls of the corridor are decorated with the Litany of Ra, with scenes from the Book of the Dead, spell 151: an Anubis jackal and Isis on the east wall, and an Anubis jackal and Nephthys on the west. On the ceiling, a sun disk containing a ram-headed hawk is flanked by Isis and Nephthys depicted as hawks, with texts from the Litany of Ra in a central band flanked by star patterns.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor E

Architectural Features

Recesses

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.31 m
  • Width:

    2.71 m
  • Length:

    11.63 m
  • Area:

    30.97 m2
  • Volume:

    102.51 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Decoration

  • Litany of Ra

    manifestations of Ra left (East) wall
  • Book of the Dead

    spell 151 left (East) wall
  • Litany of Ra

    manifestations of Ra right (West) wall
  • Book of the Dead

    spell 151 right (West) wall
  • Litany of Ra

    Ceiling
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Graffiti

  • Greek text:

    two graffiti left (East) wall
  • Demotic text:

    one graffito left (East) wall

Gate Ca

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This is the first gate beyond the entrance in the eastern wall of corridor C. It was cut beneath the eastern rectangular recess, and the thicknesses of the gate contain portions of the Litany of Ra. There is a door bolt hole in the north thickness and a pivot hole in the ceiling of chamber Ca to the south of the gate, showing that it was to be closed by a single door leaf. The threshold is higher than the level of the floors in chambers C and Ca.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room F

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.7 m
  • Width:

    0.95 m
  • Length:

    0.36 m
  • Area:

    0.33 m2
  • Volume:

    0.56 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Decoration

  • Litany of Ra

    left (East) thickness
  • Litany of Ra

    right (West) thickness

Side chamber Ca

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The decoration in this side chamber is in two registers showing personifications of the Nile flood offering to personifications of food and harvest. Below, Nile gods offer to cobras dressed in robes. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost. A door pivot hole in the ceiling edge to the south of the gate is evidence that a single door leaf was to close the entrance.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room F

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.83 m
  • Width:

    2.12 m
  • Length:

    1.77 m
  • Area:

    3.76 m2
  • Volume:

    6.88 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Decoration

  • Deities

    Nile gods and personifications of harvest including Hapy, Neperet, Renenutet All walls
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Gate Cb

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This gate lies in the eastern wall of corridor C. The threshold is higher than the floor levels of chambers C and Cb. A door bolt hole in the north thickness, together with the door pivot hole in chamber Cb, show that a single door leaf was to close this gate.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room G

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.66 m
  • Width:

    0.91 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.29 m2
  • Volume:

    0.48 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Side chamber Cb

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The east wall of this side chamber contains texts while the side and rear walls are each divided into two registers that show a procession of Nile gods, nome divinities above kneeling personifications of the Nile god. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost. A door pivot in the ceiling south of the gate shows that a single door leaf was to close the entry.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room G

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.78 m
  • Width:

    1.98 m
  • Length:

    1.78 m
  • Area:

    3.5 m2
  • Volume:

    6.23 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Decoration

  • Deities

    Nile gods, marsh goddesses, nome personifications All walls
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Gate Cc

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This is the third gate from the entrance in the eastern wall of corridor C. There is a door bolt hole in the north thickness that has been plastered over, indicating that provision was made to close this gate with a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room H

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.62 m
  • Width:

    0.95 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.3 m2
  • Volume:

    0.49 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Side chamber Cc

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The west wall of this side chamber shows the royal ka holding a standard on each side of the doorway. The remaining three walls are divided into two registers that show a bull, sacred cows, and sacred oars illustrating Book of the Dead spell 148. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost. A door pivot hole in the ceiling edge south of the gate shows that the entrance was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room H

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.74 m
  • Width:

    1.97 m
  • Length:

    1.8 m
  • Area:

    3.56 m2
  • Volume:

    6.19 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Decoration

  • Book of the Dead

    spell 148 All walls

Gate Cd

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This is the fourth gate from the entrance in the east wall of corridor C. There is a rectangular door bolt hole in the north thickness showing that the gate was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room I

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.64 m
  • Width:

    0.97 m
  • Length:

    0.33 m
  • Area:

    0.32 m2
  • Volume:

    0.53 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Side chamber Cd

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The wall decoration in this side chamber gives the names of Rameses III with a harpist before Onuris-Shu and Ra-Horakhty on the northern half, and a harpist before Shu and Atum on the southern half. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost. A door pivot hole in the ceiling edge south of the gate shows that the entry was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room I

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.76 m
  • Width:

    1.99 m
  • Length:

    1.77 m
  • Area:

    3.52 m2
  • Volume:

    6.2 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from corridor C

Decoration

  • Deities

    harper before Onuris-Shu [and Ra-Horakhty, on rear wall] left (North) wall
  • Deities

    Ra-Horakhty and Atum [before harpers, on left and right walls respectively] rear (East) wall
  • Deities

    Harper before Shu [and Atum, on rear wall] right (South) wall
  • Names and epithets

    front (West) wall

Graffiti

  • Modern European language text:

    right (South) wall

Gate Ce

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This is the fourth gate from the entrance in the western wall of corridor C. There is a door bolt hole in the south thickness showing that the gate was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room J

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.68 m
  • Width:

    0.97 m
  • Length:

    0.34 m
  • Area:

    0.32 m2
  • Volume:

    0.54 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Side chamber Ce

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All four walls of this side chamber show twelve figures of Osiris in a seated position. Much of the decoration has been lost. A door pivot hole at the ceiling edge north of the gate shows that the gate was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room J

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.77 m
  • Width:

    2.01 m
  • Length:

    1.71 m
  • Area:

    3.43 m2
  • Volume:

    6.07 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Decoration

  • Deities

    twelve seated figures of Osiris All walls

Gate Cf

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This is the third gate from the entrance in the western wall of corridor C. A door bolt hole in the south thickness indicates that the gate was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room K

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.66 m
  • Width:

    0.95 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.3 m2
  • Volume:

    0.5 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Side chamber Cf

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The decoration in this side chamber consists of the Fields of Iaru depicted in three registers derived from Book of the Dead spell 110. The south wall shows Rameses III kneeling before seven squatting divinities in the first register, reapers in the second register, and sowers and plowers with cows in the third register. The north wall shows a man with two adzes and a hawk on a shrine. The west wall shows a man in a canoe and a Benu-bird in the first register. Much of the decoration has been lost. A door pivot at the edge of the ceiling north of the gate indicates that the entry was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room K

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.75 m
  • Width:

    1.95 m
  • Length:

    1.77 m
  • Area:

    3.45 m2
  • Volume:

    6.04 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Decoration

  • Book of the Dead

    spell 110 All walls

Gate Cg

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This is the second gate from the entrance in the western wall of corridor C. A door bolt hole in the south thickness indicates that the gate was to be closed by a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room L

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.65 m
  • Width:

    0.95 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.3 m2
  • Volume:

    0.5 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Side chamber Cg

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The front (east) wall is decorated with beds on the right (south) half, and with ewers, basins and vases on the left (north) half. A leopard skin, other animal skins, sledges, boxes, and baskets are shown on the left (south) wall, and vases and chairs on the right (north) wall. The rear (west) wall is decorated with throwsticks, bows, vases and shields. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost, but what remains has retained its vivid colors. A door pivot hole at the edge of the ceiling north of the gate indicates a single door leaf was to close the entry.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room L

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.79 m
  • Width:

    1.99 m
  • Length:

    1.78 m
  • Area:

    3.54 m2
  • Volume:

    6.34 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Decoration

  • Funerary objects

    furniture, weapons, animal skins, vessels, wood, jewelry All walls
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Gate Ch

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This is the first gate from the entrance in the right (west) wall of corridor C. A door bolt hole in the left (south) thickness is evidence of a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room M

Architectural Features

Door bolt hole

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.65 m
  • Width:

    0.98 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.31 m2
  • Volume:

    0.51 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Side chamber Ch

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The front (east) wall of this side chamber is decorated with a bull and pool on each side of the doorway. Divine standards and weapons decorate the right (north) wall, and divine standards decorate the left (south) wall. The rear (west) wall shows weapons and corsets. Much of the decoration in the chamber has been lost. A door pivot hole at the ceiling edge north of the gate indicates that a single door leaf was to close the entry.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room M

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.82 m
  • Width:

    1.98 m
  • Length:

    1.78 m
  • Area:

    3.51 m2
  • Volume:

    6.39 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor C

Decoration

  • Fauna

    bull and pool front (East) wall
  • Funerary objects

    divine standards, weapons right (North) wall
  • Funerary objects

    divine standards left (South) wall
  • Funerary objects

    weapons, corselets rear (West) wall
  • Star pattern

    Ceiling

Gate D1

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On the lintel of gate D1 is a winged sun disk, and on the reveals are the names of Rameses III. There is a step down between the outer and inner thicknesses. A door pivot hole beyond the left (east) outer thickness and a door bolt hole in the right (west) inner thickness show the intention to close the gate with a single door leaf.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall N

Architectural Features

Compound jambs
Door pivot holes
Door bolt hole
Step

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.94 m
  • Width:

    2.15 m
  • Length:

    1.05 m
  • Area:

    2.4 m2
  • Volume:

    6.91 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor C

Decoration

  • Winged sun disk

    Lintel
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) thickness

Chamber D1

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Chamber D1 is a combination of the front (north) part of the intended corridor D, which was abandoned when it broke into side chamber Fa of KV 10, and the cutting to the left (west), made to shift the axis westwards away from KV 10. The left (west) wall shows two scenes: Rameses III offering incense to Atum, and Rameses III receiving the Heb-Sed Festival symbol from Ptah. The Upper Egyptian Meret goddess is shown with a libation-vase on the rear (south) wall. Rameses III offers incense and libation to Ptah-Sokar and a winged Isis on the front wall. The right wall shows two scenes: Rameses III offering Ma'at to Osiris, and offering libation to Anubis.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall N

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.12 m
  • Width:

    6.48 m
  • Length:

    4.47 m
  • Area:

    28.4 m2
  • Volume:

    88.61 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor C

Decoration

  • Deceased with deities

    Atum, Ptah left (East) wall
  • Deceased with deities

    Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, winged Isis front (North) wall
  • Deceased with deities

    Osiris, Anubis right (West) wall
  • Deities

    Upper Egyptian Meret goddess rear (South) wall

Graffiti

  • Greek text:

    two graffiti left (East) wall
  • Demotic text:

    one graffito left (East) wall

Corridor D1a

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When cutting corridor D1a, the tomb cutters broke through the ceiling of the side chamber Fa in KV 10. The walls of this abandoned cutting are undecorated. The floor ascends in three stepped levels.

Condition

Cutting unfinished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.06 m Irregular
  • Width:

    2.66 m
  • Length:

    5.46 m
  • Area:

    14.21 m2
  • Volume:

    28.82 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber D1

Gate D2

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This gate in the rear (south) wall of D1 lies near the southwest corner of the chamber. A slot for a wooden beam to hold door pivots in the soffit and two grooves in the floor beyond the threshold indicate provision for a pair of wooden door leaves. On the lintel of the gate is a winged sun disk, and on the reveals are the names of Rameses III.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor O

Architectural Features

Compound jambs
Lintel beam slot
Door pivot holes

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.81 m
  • Width:

    2.1 m
  • Length:

    1.6 m
  • Area:

    3.71 m2
  • Volume:

    9.9 m3
  • Orientation:

    6.41° right from chamber D1

Decoration

  • Winged sun disk

    Lintel
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) thickness

Corridor D2

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This represents the completed extension of corridor D after its axis was shifted to the west. The floor slopes up slightly from front to back and the axis is not parallel to that of the preceding corridors, but bends to the west. The ceiling height is increases one-third of the way into the corridor, perhaps due to the rising floor level. The left (east) and right (west) walls are decorated with the fourth and fifth hours of the Imydwat.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor O

Architectural Features

Recesses

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.19 m
  • Width:

    2.63 m
  • Length:

    11.93 m
  • Area:

    31.21 m2
  • Volume:

    100.26 m3
  • Orientation:

    6.41° right from chamber D1

Decoration

  • Imydwat

    fourth hour left (East) wall
  • Imydwat

    fifth hour right (West) wall

Gate E

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On the lintel of gate E is a winged sun disk, and on the reveals and outer thicknesses are the names of Rameses III. The inner thickness of the compound jamb show a human-headed Hathor on the left (east) and a unique cow-headed Hathor on the right (west). A step creates a descent from corridor D2 to well chamber E.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall P

Architectural Features

Step
Compound jambs

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.92 m
  • Width:

    2.1 m
  • Length:

    1.06 m
  • Area:

    2.4 m2
  • Volume:

    6.95 m3
  • Orientation:

    5.44° left from corridor D2

Decoration

  • Winged sun disk

    Lintel
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Deities

    human-headed Hathor left (East) inner thickness
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) outer thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) outer thickness
  • Deities

    cow-headed Hathor right (West) inner thickness

Well chamber E

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The chamber contains a well shaft which has been only partially cleared. The left (east) half of the chamber is decorated with Osiris, Imsety, Anubis, Duamutef, Isis, and Iwnmutef. The right (west) half shows Osiris, Hapy, Qebehsenuef, Nephthys, Serqet, and Iwnmutef.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall P

Architectural Features

Well shaft

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.19 m
  • Width:

    4.21 m
  • Length:

    3.16 m
  • Area:

    13.3 m2
  • Volume:

    42.18 m3
  • Orientation:

    5.44° left from corridor D2

Decoration

  • Deities

    Osiris, Imsety, Anubis, Duamutef, Isis, and Iwnmutef left (East) wall
  • Deities

    Osiris, Hapy, Qebehsenuef, Nephthys, Serqet, and Iwnmutef right (West) wall

Graffiti

  • Greek text:

    twelve graffiti left (East) wall
  • Greek text:

    three graffiti left (East) wall

Gate F

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The inner thicknesses of this gate show a djed-pillar on the left (east) and Osiris on the right (west). The gate contains a compound jamb, a step and two door pivot holes which show that double wooden doors were to close the gate.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall Q

Architectural Features

Compound jambs
Door pivot holes
Steps

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.71 m
  • Width:

    2.14 m
  • Length:

    1.3 m
  • Area:

    3.03 m2
  • Volume:

    7.96 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from well chamber E

Decoration

  • Deities

    djed-pillar left (East) inner thickness
  • Deities

    Osiris right (West) inner thickness

Pillared chamber F

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Two pillars stand on each side of a center descent. The center of the right (west) wall contains a gate opening into a large side chamber. The left (east) half of the chamber is decorated in three registers, showing the fourth division (P)/fifth hour (H) of the Book of Gates.

The fifth division(P)/sixth hour (H) is on the right half. There is a double scene in the center of the rear (south) wall showing the king offering to Osiris. Scenes on the pillars show Rameses III offering to Ma'at, Ptah, Ra-Horakhty, Thoth, Geb, Kheperi, Atum, and Nefertem. There are two hieratic graffiti on pillar 4 recording Dynasty 21 activity involved in the reburial of the king. Another on the right wall names the god's father, Hori.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall Q

Architectural Features

Pillars
Recesses

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.74 m
  • Width:

    7.9 m
  • Length:

    9.1 m
  • Area:

    72.24 m2
  • Volume:

    208.55 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from well chamber E
  • Number of pillars:

    4
  • Average pillar width:

    1.06 m

Decoration

  • Book of Gates

    fourth division (P)/fifth hour (H) (east side), fifth division (P)/sixth hour (H) (west side) front (North) wall
  • Book of Gates

    fourth division (P)/fifth hour (H) left (East) wall
  • Book of Gates

    fourth division (P)/fifth hour (H) (east side), fifth division (P)/sixth hour (H) (west side) rear (South) wall
  • Book of Gates

    fifth division (P)/sixth hour (H) right (West) wall
  • Deceased with deities

    double scene of Rameses III offering to Osiris rear (South) wall
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering Ma'at [to Ptah, on right face] front (North) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Ptah receiving [Ma'at from Rameses III, on front face] right (West) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ra-Horakhty, on rear face] left (East) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Ra-Horakhty [with Rameses III, on left face] rear (South) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering wine [to Thoth, on right face] front (North) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Thoth receiving [wine from Rameses III] right (West) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering incense and libating [to Geb, on rear face] left (East) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Geb receiving [incense and libation from Rameses III, on left face] rear (South) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering ointment [to Kheperi, on left face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Kheperi receiving [ointment from Rameses III, on front face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering Ma'at [to Atum, on rear face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Atum receiving [Ma'at from Rameses III, on right face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering incense [to Shepsy, on left face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Shepsy receiving [incense from Rameses III, on front face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III offering wine [to Nefertem, on rear face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Nefertem receiving [Ma'at from Rameses III, on right face] rear (South)

Graffiti

  • Hieratic text:

    "God's father, Hori" right (West) wall
  • Hieratic text:

    two lists of names of Dynasty 21 officials, including Butehamen and his son, probably connected with the reburial of Rameses III in regnal year 13 of Nesubanebdjed I (Smendes I) right (West)

Descent F

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The walls of the sloped descent show two winged cobras representing Nekhbet on the left (east) and Wadjet on the right (west), together with Anubis jackals and text of Rameses III.

Porter and Moss designation:

Descent to corridor S

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.42 m
  • Width:

    2.66 m
  • Length:

    11.32 m
  • Area:

    24.31 m2
  • Orientation:

    0° from well chamber E

Decoration

  • Deities

    winged cobra representing Nekhbet, together with Anubis jackals and text of Rameses III left (East) wall
  • Deities

    winged cobra representing Wadjet, together with Anubis jackals and text of Rameses III right (West) wall

Gate Fa

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This gate lies in the right (west) wall of chamber F and leads to a side chamber. The single door pivot hole and compound jamb show that a wooden door was to close the gate. The inner thicknesses of this gate show Neit on the left (south) and Serqet on the right (north).

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room R

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes
Compound jambs

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.07 m
  • Width:

    1.17 m
  • Length:

    1.06 m
  • Area:

    1.44 m2
  • Volume:

    3.1 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from pillared chamber F

Decoration

  • Deities

    Neit left (South) thickness
  • Deities

    Serqet right (North) thickness

Side chamber Fa

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The front (east) wall of this side chamber shows Rameses III led by Thoth and Horus on the right (south) half, and Rameses III offering an image of Ma'at to Osiris on the left (north) half. The side and rear walls are decorated with the sixth division (P)/seventh hour (H) of the Book of Gates.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room R

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.22 m
  • Width:

    6.31 m
  • Length:

    4.35 m
  • Area:

    27.3 m2
  • Volume:

    60.61 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from pillared chamber F

Decoration

  • Deceased with deities

    Horus, Thoth, Osiris front (East) wall
  • Book of Gates

    sixth division (P)/seventh hour (H) right (North) wall
  • Book of Gates

    sixth division (P)/seventh hour (H) rear (West) wall
  • Book of Gates

    sixth division (P)/seventh hour (H) left (South) wall

Gate G

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The names of Rameses III appear on the reveals. The left (east) thickness depicts Horus performing the Opening of the Mouth ritual and the right (west) thickness shows a goddess with two vases.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor S

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.17 m
  • Width:

    2.14 m
  • Length:

    1.07 m
  • Area:

    2.29 m2
  • Volume:

    7.26 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from pillared chamber F

Decoration

  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Opening of the Mouth ritual

    Horus performing Opening of the Mouth ritual left (East) thickness
  • Deities

    goddess with vases right (West) thickness

Corridor G

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The side walls of this corridor are decorated with the Opening of the Mouth ritual. Beam holes in the side walls in front of gate H once held the beam used for maneuvering the sarcophagus into the burial chamber.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor S

Architectural Features

Beam holes

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.07 m
  • Width:

    2.64 m
  • Length:

    6.98 m
  • Area:

    18.39 m2
  • Volume:

    56.46 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from pillared chamber F

Decoration

  • Opening of the Mouth ritual

    left (East) wall
  • Opening of the Mouth ritual

    right (West) wall

Gate H

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On the reveals of gate H are the names of Rameses III, and on the thicknesses are Neit and Serqet.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall T

Architectural Features

Compound jambs

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.7 m
  • Width:

    1.98 m
  • Length:

    1.03 m
  • Area:

    2.33 m2
  • Volume:

    6.29 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor G

Decoration

  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Deities

    Neit left (East) thickness
  • Deities

    Serqet right (West) thickness

Chamber H

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The walls of chamber H are decorated with different deities in shrines. This chamber has been only partially excavated. It has suffered a loss of decoration and structural damage.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall T

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.05 m
  • Width:

    5.25 m
  • Length:

    4.37 m
  • Area:

    22.94 m2
  • Volume:

    69.97 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor G

Decoration

  • Deities

    deities in shrines All walls

Gate I

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On the right (west) reveal of gate I are dedication texts, and on the right thickness the names of Rameses III, and a representation of Isis. The floor of the gate is only partially excavated.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall U

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.89 m
  • Width:

    2.16 m
  • Length:

    1.06 m
  • Area:

    2.26 m2
  • Volume:

    6.53 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber H

Decoration

  • Names and epithets

    right (West) reveal
  • Deities

    Isis right (West) thickness
  • Text

    dedication text right (West) thickness

Chamber I

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The wall scenes in this partially excavated chamber show Rameses III with different deities including Imsety, Ima, Horus, Thoth, Anubis, and Atum. The chamber has suffered from loss of decoration and structural damage.

Porter and Moss designation:

Hall U

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    3.17 m
  • Width:

    5.25 m
  • Length:

    5.28 m
  • Area:

    27.8 m2
  • Volume:

    88.13 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber H

Decoration

  • Deities

    left (East) wall
  • Deities

    rear (South) wall
  • Deities

    right (West) wall
  • Deities

    front (North) wall

Gate J

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Gate J has a compound jamb, on the reveals of which are the names of Rameses III, and on the thicknesses of which are protective deities including a lion and jackal on the left (east) and Hery-Ma'at and lion-headed god on the right (west). The floor of the gate is only partially excavated.

Porter and Moss designation:

Sarcophagus chamber V

Architectural Features

Compound jambs

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.92 m
  • Width:

    2.08 m
  • Length:

    1.54 m
  • Area:

    3.52 m2
  • Volume:

    10.28 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber I

Decoration

  • Deities

    lion and jackal left (East) thickness
  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Deities

    Hery-Ma'at and lion-headed god right (West) thickness

Burial chamber J

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The vaulted section of this unexcavated burial chamber lies at a right angle to the axis of the tomb. Four pillars stand on platforms to the front (north) and rear (south) of the sunken central section. There are narrow benches topped with a cavetto cornice against the walls at the left (east) and right (west) ends of the central section, and a recess in the center of the wall just above each shelf. A stepped ramp descends from each platform to the sunken floor between each central pair of pillars and a cavetto cornice runs along the upper edge of each platform. At each corner of the chamber, a gate opens into a small side chamber. The walls are decorated with the Book of the Dead, Book of Gates, and Book of the Earth. The pillars show Rameses III making offerings to Atum, Thoth, Ra-Horakhty, Horus, Osiris-Wennefer, Soped, Anubis, Ptah-Tatjenen, Geb, Ra, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Shu, and Onuris. The chamber has suffered a loss of decoration and structural damage, particularly breakage of the pillars and collapse of the flat sections of the ceiling.

  • Chamber plan:

    Rectangular
  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

    Perpendicular
  • Chamber layout:

    Pillared front and rear upper level, sunken central lower level
  • Floor:

    Two levels
  • Ceiling:

    Vaulted center, flat sides

Porter and Moss designation:

Sarcophagus chamber V

Architectural Features

Benches
Magical brick niches
Pillars
Steps
Vaulted ceiling

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    6.55 m
  • Width:

    13.86 m
  • Length:

    12.69 m
  • Area:

    174.4 m2
  • Volume:

    882.22 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber I
  • Number of pillars:

    8
  • Average pillar width:

    1.04 m

Decoration

  • Book of the Earth

    badly preserved composition All walls
  • Book of Gates

    badly preserved composition All walls
  • Book of the Earth

    badly preserved composition All walls
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Thoth, on left face] front (North) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Thoth [with Rameses III, on front face] left (East) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Atum, on rear face] right (West) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Atum [with Rameses III, on right face] rear (South) pillar 1
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Onuris, on right face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Onuris [with Rameses III, on rear face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ra-Horakhty, on front face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Ra-Horakhty [with Rameses III, on left face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Soped [with Rameses III, on left face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Soped, on rear face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Shepsy [with Rameses III, on front face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Shepsy, on right face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Shu, on right face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Shu [with Rameses III, on rear face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, on front face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Ptah-Sokar-Osiris [with Rameses III, on left face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Osiris [with Rameses III, on left face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Osiris, on rear face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Horus [with Rameses III, on front face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Horus, on right face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Anubis, on left face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Anubis [with Rameses III, on rear face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ptah-Ta-tjenen, on front face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Ptah-Ta-tjenen [with Rameses III, on right face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Osiris [with Rameses III, on left face] rear (South)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Osiris, on rear face] right (West)
  • Deceased with deities

    Ra-Horakhty [with Rameses III, on front face] left (East)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ra-Horakhty, on left face] front (North)
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Geb, on right face] rear (South) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Geb [with Rameses III, on rear face] right (West) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Rameses III [with Ra (Kheperi?), on front face] left (East) pillar 2
  • Deceased with deities

    Ra (or Kheperi?) [with Rameses III, on left face] front (North) pillar 2

Sarcophagus

  • Extant remains:

    Box and lid
  • Sarcophagus form:

    Cartouche-shaped with effigy on lid
  • Material:

    Red granite
  • Length:

    3.05 m
  • Width:

    1.6 m
  • Height:

    2.1 m
  • Orientation:

    south
  • Comments:

    Belzoni removed the sarcophagus. The box is now in the Louvre and the lid is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The orientation is known from the plan prepared by Napoleon's savants. However, the actual sarcophagus emplacement is unknown since the floor is still covered with flood debris.
  • Decoration:

  • Deities:
    Isis, Nephthys, snake and crocodile flanking legs of effigy and anthropomorphized uraei before goddesses Lid exterior
  • Book of the Earth:
    excerpts Box interior
  • Imydwat:
    seventh and eighth divisions Box exterior
  • Deities:
    Isis and Nephthys kneeling on gold symbols Box exterior
  • Deities:
    Isis standing on gold symbol. Lid interior
  • Book of Gates:
    Variant initial scene from prologue (P)/first division (H) Box interior

Gate Ja

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The lintel has collapsed.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.83 m
  • Width:

    1.06 m
  • Length:

    0.35 m
  • Area:

    0.37 m2
  • Volume:

    0.68 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from burial chamber J

Side chamber Ja

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This chamber is located to the northeast of the burial chamber. It is partly excavated, and the floor is covered with stone debris from wall and ceiling collapse. The walls are decorated with a bull, seven cows, and sacred oars from Book of the Dead spell 148.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.82 m
  • Width:

    2.59 m
  • Length:

    3.24 m
  • Area:

    8.34 m2
  • Volume:

    15.18 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Book of the Dead

    spell 148 All walls

Gate Jb

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The lintel has collapsed.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W.1

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.63 m
  • Width:

    0.75 m
  • Length:

    0.36 m
  • Area:

    0.27 m2
  • Volume:

    0.44 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from burial chamber J

Side chamber Jb

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The chamber is located to the southeast of the burial chamber. It is partly excavated and the floor is covered with stone debris from ceiling and wall collapse. Two jackals on standards and ten images of Osiris are depicted on the walls, similar to the decoration in side chamber Ce.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W.1

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.3 m
  • Width:

    2.63 m
  • Length:

    2.7 m
  • Area:

    7.1 m2
  • Volume:

    9.23 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° left from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Deities

    two figures of Osiris flanking gate front (West) wall
  • Deities

    two seated figures of Osiris facing out from center with lotus blossom bearing small figures of the four Sons of Horus rear (East) wall
  • Deities

    Osiris, jackal on standard left (North) wall
  • Deities

    Osiris, jackal on standard right (South) wall

Gate Jc

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The gate lies in the southwest corner of the burial chamber.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room X (room of the cow)

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.64 m
  • Width:

    0.81 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.26 m2
  • Volume:

    0.43 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from burial chamber J

Side chamber Jc

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This chamber to the southwest of the burial chamber is only partly excavated. The floor is covered with stone debris from the ceiling's collapse. The decoration is the Book of the Heavenly Cow, with deities on the right (east) wall, texts on the side walls and a large-scale figure of the cow on the left (west) wall.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room X (room of the cow)

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.31 m
  • Width:

    2.61 m
  • Length:

    2.87 m
  • Area:

    7.45 m2
  • Volume:

    9.76 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Book of the Heavenly Cow

    All walls

Graffiti

  • Modern European language text:

    "Browne W." who visited the tomb in 1792

Gate Jd

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The gate lies in the northwest corner of the burial chamber.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W.2

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.33 m
  • Width:

    1.31 m
  • Length:

    0.31 m
  • Area:

    0.41 m2
  • Volume:

    0.55 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from burial chamber J

Side chamber Jd

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This chamber is located to the northwest of the burial chamber. The chamber is only partly excavated and the floor is covered with limestone fragments in part as a result of ceiling collapse. The Fields of Iaru are shown on all the walls of this chamber.

Porter and Moss designation:

Side-room W.2

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.82 m
  • Width:

    2.64 m
  • Length:

    3.44 m
  • Area:

    9.06 m2
  • Volume:

    16.49 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Fields of Iaru

    All walls

Gate K1

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This partly excavated gate has a compound jamb. One door pivot hole remains intact. There are cartouches on the reveals of gate K1, and on the right (west) thickness is a baboon with a bow.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor Y

Architectural Features

Door pivot holes
Compound jambs

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.56 m
  • Width:

    1.61 m
  • Length:

    1.11 m
  • Area:

    1.92 m2
  • Volume:

    4.92 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Deities

    baboon holding bow right (West) thickness

Chamber K1

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This square chamber is only partly excavated, and the floor is covered with stone fragments. The walls show protective deities in shrines.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor Y

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.56 m
  • Width:

    2.61 m
  • Length:

    2.61 m
  • Area:

    6.79 m2
  • Volume:

    17.38 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from burial chamber J

Decoration

  • Deities

    deities in shrines All walls

Gate K2

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The reveals show Horus on the left (east) and a man holding a gazelle's head before a table of offerings on the right (west). The thicknesses are decorated with cartouches.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corridor Y.1

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Decoration damaged

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.44 m
  • Width:

    1.55 m
  • Length:

    0.49 m
  • Area:

    0.76 m2
  • Volume:

    1.85 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber K1

Decoration

  • Deities

    left (East) reveal
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) thickness

Chamber K2

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This square chamber is only partly excavated. Remains of decoration show protective deities in shrines.

Porter and Moss designation:

Corirdor Y.1

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.5 m
  • Width:

    2.58 m
  • Length:

    2.71 m
  • Area:

    6.95 m2
  • Volume:

    17.38 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber K1

Decoration

  • Deities

    deities in shrines All walls

Gate L

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There are cartouches on the reveals and thicknesses of gate L.

Porter and Moss designation:

Room Z

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Decorated
Damaged structurally
Decoration damaged

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.31 m
  • Width:

    1.56 m
  • Length:

    0.5 m
  • Area:

    0.78 m2
  • Volume:

    1.8 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber K2

Decoration

  • Names and epithets

    Reveals
  • Names and epithets

    left (East) thickness
  • Names and epithets

    right (West) thickness

Chamber L

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The left (west) wall contains three recesses and the right (east) wall two. There are deities on the rear walls of the recesses. The ceiling is vaulted. Champollion and Lefébure reported the fifth gate of the Book of the Gates with the judgment hall of Osiris on the rear (south) wall. This decoration has now fallen away. There has been ceiling collapse and the floor is covered with stone chips and fragments.

Porter and Moss designation:

Room Z

Architectural Features

Recesses
Vaulted ceiling

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Decorated
Decoration damaged
Partly excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.56 m
  • Width:

    2.62 m
  • Length:

    8.47 m
  • Area:

    22.27 m2
  • Volume:

    57.01 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from chamber K2

Decoration

  • Deities

    left (East) wall
  • Deities

    right (West) wall
  • Book of Gates

    fifth gate and judgment hall of Osiris (fallen away) rear (South) wall

Details

About

KV 11 is located off the main wadi. The plan of the tomb begins with an open entryway (A) followed by two corridors (B and C), one with two side chambers (Ba-b), the other with eight chambers (Ca-Ch). Beyond the second corridor, the cutting of a third corridor (D1a) on the axis of the tomb broke through the ceiling of KV 10. The right wall was cut further to the west, transforming the corridor into a chamber (D1). A continuation of the corridor D2 with its axis shifted to the west and not parallel to the previous axis, has a floor inclined upwards to avoid collision with KV 10. This corridor is succeeded by well chamber E, which is only partially cleared, a pillared chamber (F) with a side chamber (Fa) and central descent, another corridor (G), two square chambers (H, I), a large burial chamber (J) with four side chambers (Ja-d), and three more small chambers beyond (K1, K2, L).

The entrance, the first two corridors and the first chamber originally bore the names of Setnakht, but were re-inscribed for Rameses III, for whom the remainder of the tomb was decorated as well. The decorative program includes the Litany of Ra (corridor B, side chamber Bb, gate C, corridor C, gate Ca), excerpts from the Imydwat (corridor D2), Book of Gates (pillared chamber F, side chamber Fa, burial chamber J, chamber L), Opening the Mouth ritual (Gate G, corridor G), Book of the Earth (burial chamber J), Book of the Dead (corridor C, side chamber Cc, side chamber Cf, side chamber Ja), and Book of the Heavenly Cow (side chamber Jc) as well as the king offering to various deities (throughout the tomb). There are unique representations in the subsidiary chambers (Ba, Bb, Cg, Ch) off the first two corridors dealing with such activities as food preparation and provision, burial equipment and illustrations of Book of the Dead spells.

Noteworthy features:

This tomb has multiple side chambers off the first and second corridors B and C, decorated with unusual scenes. Workers cutting this tomb accidentally broke through to KV 10.

Site History

The first three corridors of KV 11 were begun for Setnakht, but they were abandoned when the cutting of the third corridor broke into another tomb (KV 10). The tomb was subsequently completed by Rameses III who added the side chambers to corridor C and finished the tomb through chamber L. After his burial was disturbed, the mummy was reburied in the cache in TT 320, and discovered in 1881. The tomb has been partly accessible since antiquity.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 20
Setnakht
New Kingdom
Dynasty 20
Rameses III
Graeco-Roman Era

Exploration

1737-1738: Mapping/planning
Pococke, Richard
1769: Epigraphy
Bruce, James
1769: Mapping/planning
Bruce, James
1792: Visit
Browne, William George
1799: Epigraphy
Napoleonic Expedition
1816, 1819: Excavation
Belzoni, Giovanni Battista
1825: Mapping/planning
Burton, James
1825-1835: Epigraphy
Hay, Robert
1828-1829: Epigraphy
Franco-Tuscan Expedition
1844-1845: Epigraphy
Lepsius, Carl Richard
1895: Excavation
Service des Antiquités
1959-1981: Epigraphy
Marciniak, Marek

Conservation

Conservation History

Egyptian conservators have cleaned decoration, patched surface breaks, installed glass panels over the walls, and added wooden walkways and lighting.

Site Condition

The color of the painted sunk reliefs is well preserved in most of the tomb, but the chambers beyond chamber I have suffered from severe water damage, cracking of walls, and loss of plaster.

Resources

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Geography and Geology of the Valley

The Valley of the Kings actually consists of two valleys that run northeast from the slopes of a prominent ridge along a high plateau into the Western Desert.

Bibliography

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Abitz, Friedrich.  König und Gott: Die Götterszenen in den ägyptischen Königsgräbern von Thutmosis IV bis Ramses III (= Ägyptologische Abhandlungen, 40).  Wiesbaden, 1984.

Andrzejewski, Tadeusz.  Le Livre des portes dans la sale du sarcophagi du tombeau de Ramses III.  Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 57 (1962): 1-6.

Aston, David.  Pottery from the Valley of the Kings: Tombs of Merenptah, Ramesses III, Ramesses IV, Ramesses VI and Ramesses VII.  Ägypten und Levante 8 (1998): 137-214.

Brock, Edwin C.  The Tomb of Ramses III.  In: Kent R. Weeks (ed.).  The Treasures of the Valley of the Kings: Tombs and Temples of the Theban West Bank in Luxor.  Vercelli: WhiteStar, 2001; Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2001.  Available in English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.  Pp. 232-239.

Edgerton, William F.  The Strikes in Ramses III’s Twenty-Ninth Year.  Journal of Near Eastern Studies 10 (1951): 137-145.

Grist, Jehon.  The Identify of the Ramesside Queen Tyti.  Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 71 (1985): 71-81.

Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helck, Eberhart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.).  Lexikon der Ägyptologie.  7 vols. Wiesbaden, 1972-1992. 3: 516.

Hovestreydt, Willem. Sideshow or Not? On the Side-rooms of the First Two Corridors in the Tomb of Ramesses III. In: B. J. Haring, O. E. Kaper, and R. van Walsem (eds.). The Workman's Progress: Studies in the Village of Deir el-Medina  and Other Documents from Western Thebes in Honour of Rob Demarée. Leiden; Leuven, Peeters, 2014. Pp. 103-132.

Lefebure, Eugène.  Les hypogées royaux de Thèbes, seconde division: Notices des hypogées (=Mémoires publiés par les members de la mission archéologie française au Caire 3, 1).  Paris, 1889.  Pp. 87-109, pl. 58-65.

Measurements

Maximum height:

6.55 m

Minimum width:

0.75 m

Maximum width:

13.86 m

Total length:

188.11 m

Total area:

726.34 m²

Total volume:

2174.29 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

King

Entrance location:

Base of sloping hill

Entrance type:

Ramp

Interior layout:

Corridors and chambers

Axis type:

Straight

Decoration

Painting
Sunk relief

Categories of Objects Recovered

Human mummies
Tomb equipment
Vessels

Hieroglyphs

Rameses III

King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Powerful is the Justice of Ra, Beloved of Amen; Son of Ra, Ra has Fashioned Him, Ruler of Heliopolis

Nisut-Bity User-Maat-Ra Mery-Amun Sa-Ra Ra-Mesu Heka-Iwnu