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Entryway A

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The shaft is rectangular. The axis of the shaft is skewed in relation to that of corridor B.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.39 m
  • Length:

    2.54 m
  • Area:

    3.45 m2
  • Orientation:

    261.55°

Corridor B

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There is a slight shift of axis to the west of the axis of the entry shaft. The left (south) and right (north) walls in the front part of the corridor have partially collapsed.

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.39 m
  • Width:

    1.71 m
  • Length:

    5.58 m
  • Area:

    9.72 m2
  • Volume:

    23.23 m3
  • Orientation:

    12.77° left from entryway A

Gate B

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The lintel is partly broken and the gate is roughly cut.

Condition

Partly excavated
Undecorated
Cutting finished
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.71 m
  • Width:

    1.25 m
  • Length:

    0.71 m
  • Area:

    0.94 m2
  • Volume:

    1.72 m3
  • Orientation:

    12.77° left from entryway A

Chamber C

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The chamber is irregular, with roughly cut walls. None of the upper corners are well defined. On the left (south) wall are red mason's marks. The floor is uneven and slopes to the rear of the chamber. It has four side chambers.

Condition

Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.29 m
  • Width:

    2.89 m
  • Length:

    8.29 m
  • Area:

    25.1 m2
  • Volume:

    57.48 m3
  • Orientation:

    1.24° left from corridor B

Graffiti

  • Mason's marks:

    left (South) wall

Gate C

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The jambs of the gate are not parallel.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.29 m
  • Width:

    1.05 m
  • Length:

    0.75 m
  • Area:

    0.78 m2
  • Volume:

    1.79 m3
  • Orientation:

    7.46° right from corridor B

Side chamber Ca

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The side chamber is trapezoidal and lies on a north-south axis. There is an irregularly shaped step inside the gate.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.11 m
  • Width:

    2.86 m
  • Length:

    4.94 m
  • Area:

    14.2 m2
  • Volume:

    29.96 m3
  • Orientation:

    80.26° left from chamber C

Gate Ca

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The gate is located at the left (east) end of the east (south) wall of chamber C. It lies at a higher level than either chamber C or side chamber Ca.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Undecorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.7 m
  • Width:

    0.93 m
  • Length:

    0.75 m
  • Area:

    0.69 m2
  • Volume:

    1.17 m3
  • Orientation:

    85.57° left from chamber C

Side chamber Cb

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The side chamber is almost rectangular and lies on a northeast-southwest axis.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.22 m
  • Width:

    2.77 m
  • Length:

    4.91 m
  • Area:

    13.56 m2
  • Volume:

    30.1 m3
  • Orientation:

    71.46° left from chamber C

Gate Cb

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The gate is located at the right (west) end of the left (south) wall of chamber C. The threshold lies at a higher level than either chamber C or side chamber Cb.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.65 m
  • Width:

    1.03 m
  • Length:

    0.7 m
  • Area:

    0.72 m2
  • Volume:

    1.18 m3
  • Orientation:

    71.46° left from chamber C

Side chamber Cc

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The side chamber is trapezoidal and lies on an east-west axis. There are red mason's marks on its walls.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.76 m
  • Width:

    3.15 m
  • Length:

    5.13 m
  • Area:

    16.17 m2
  • Volume:

    28.46 m3
  • Orientation:

    1.24° right from chamber C

Graffiti

  • Mason's marks:

Gate Cc

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The gate lies at the left (south) end of the rear (west) wall of chamber C. The threshold lies at a higher level than either chamber C or side chamber Cc. The left (south) thickness tapers from bottom to top.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Undecorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.45 m
  • Width:

    0.96 m
  • Length:

    0.73 m
  • Area:

    0.7 m2
  • Volume:

    1.02 m3
  • Orientation:

    9.75° right from chamber C

Side chamber Cd

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The side chamber is roughly rectangular. There is one column, to the rear (north) of the center. The side chamber lies on a south-north axis.

Architectural Features

Pillar

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.99 m
  • Width:

    2.85 m
  • Length:

    6.04 m
  • Area:

    18.13 m2
  • Volume:

    33.05 m3
  • Orientation:

    94.09° right from chamber C
  • Number of pillars:

    1
  • Average pillar width:

    0.71 m

Gate Cd

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The gate is located in the center of the right (north) wall of chamber C. The threshold lies at a higher level than either chamber C or side chamber Cd.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Undecorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.48 m
  • Width:

    0.98 m
  • Length:

    0.99 m
  • Area:

    0.96 m2
  • Volume:

    1.42 m3
  • Orientation:

    94.09° right from chamber C

Details

About

KV 30 is located in the south branch of the southwest wadi. The tomb lies about 40 m (131 feet) north from KV 32. It consists of a shaft (A), a corridor (B) leading into a chamber (C), and four side chambers (Ca-d). The rock is of good quality, but is roughly cut. James Burton recorded a mason mark as "red characters in chamber of pit."

Noteworthy features:

The unusual design of the tomb with its multiple side chambers is similar to KV 5 (but on a smaller scale), and also to KV 12 and KV 27.

Site History

No details are available about the history of the tomb. KV 30 or 31 could have been the original location of an Dynasty 18 quartz-sandstone anthropoid sarcophagus found by Belzoni in 1817 and donated to the British Museum by the Earl of Belmore.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18

Exploration

1817: Discovery
Belzoni, Giovanni Battista
1817: Excavation
Belzoni, Giovanni Battista
1825: Mapping/planning
Burton, James
1898: Mapping/planning
Loret, Victor

Conservation

Site Condition

The first part of the tomb is still filled with debris. The rock is in good condition, but poorly cut.

Resources

Bibliography

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Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helk, Ebrnart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.). elck, Evbermnart Lexikon der Ägyptologie, 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1980.  Pp. 520.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 166.

Thomas, Elizabeth.  The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes.  Princeton: privately printed, 1966.  P. 157.

Weeks, Kent R. (ed.).  Atlas of the Valley of the Kings (= Publications of the Theban Mapping Project, 1).  Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2000.  Map sheet 47. 

Wilkinson, Richard H. and Carl Nicholas Reeves.  The Complete Valley of the Kings.  London:  Thames and Hudson, 1996.  P. 109.

Measurements

Maximum height:

2.71 m

Minimum width:

0.93 m

Maximum width:

3.15 m

Total length:

23.81 m

Total area:

105.07 m²

Total volume:

214.74 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Unknown, probably non-royal

Entrance location:

Hillside

Entrance type:

Shaft

Interior layout:

Corridor and chambers

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Vessels