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Entryway A

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The entryway is composed of a steep staircase.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.63 m
  • Length:

    3.38 m
  • Area:

    5.34 m2
  • Orientation:

    173.4°

Corridor B

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The walls of the corridor are bent slightly and the ceiling is not straight.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.81 m
  • Width:

    1.73 m
  • Length:

    9.29 m
  • Area:

    14.79 m2
  • Volume:

    26.77 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Gate B

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The lintel of the gate is broken.

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.93 m
  • Width:

    1.12 m
  • Length:

    0.93 m
  • Area:

    1.04 m2
  • Volume:

    2.01 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Burial chamber J

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The floor is covered with dried mud. The chamber is trapezoidal. The edges of the ceiling are slightly rounded.

  • Chamber plan:

    Rectangular
  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

    Parallel
  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:

    Flat

Condition

Cutting unfinished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.96 m
  • Width:

    4.06 m
  • Length:

    3.89 m
  • Area:

    15.7 m2
  • Volume:

    30.77 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Gate J

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The gate slopes slightly down. The left (east) jamb is broken.

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated
Damaged structurally

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.56 m
  • Width:

    1.25 m
  • Length:

    0.91 m
  • Area:

    1.17 m2
  • Volume:

    1.83 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Details

About

KV 37 is located in the south branch off the southwest wadi, below KV 34. It consists of an entrance (A), leading to the burial chamber J, through a single corridor (B). The tomb is undecorated and partly excavated.

Noteworthy features:

The tomb was probably used as a storeroom by robbers.

Site History

The pottery shows that KV 37 was originally used for a burial, and its plan and location suggest it was for royalty. Because of the diversity of objects found, Elizabeth Thomas believed that the tomb was later used as a storeroom by robbers.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18

Exploration

1899: Discovery
Loret, Victor
1899: Excavation
Loret, Victor
1825: Visit
Burton, James
1889: Mapping/planning
Lefébure, Eugène

Conservation

Site Condition

The tomb is only partly excavated.

Resources

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Tomb Robberies

From the day they were first sealed in antiquity, treasure-filled tombs in the Valley of the Kings were potential targets for theft.

Bibliography

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Daressy, Georges.  Fouilles de la Vallée des Rois, 1898-1899 (= Catalogue Générale du Musée du Cairo, 24001-24990).  Cairo, 1902.  Pp. 299-301.

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. 168.

Thomas, Elizabeth.  The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes.  Princeton: privately printed, 1966.  Pp. 71-72.

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 52.

Wilkinson, Richard H. and Carl Nicholas Reeves.  The Complete Valley of the Kings.  London:  Thames and Hudson, 1996.  P. 183.

Measurements

Maximum height:

1.96 m

Minimum width:

1.12 m

Maximum width:

4.06 m

Total length:

18.40 m

Total area:

38.04 m²

Total volume:

61.38 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Unknown, possibly royal

Entrance location:

Base of sheer cliff

Entrance type:

Staircase

Interior layout:

Corridor and chamber

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Human remains
Sculpture
Vessels
Written documents