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Entryway A

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The entryway consists of a deep shaft.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.36 m
  • Length:

    2.19 m
  • Area:

    2.98 m2
  • Orientation:

    170.72°

Chamber B

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The chamber is rectangular.

Condition

Cutting finished
Partly excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    5.36 m
  • Length:

    3.1 m
  • Area:

    16.64 m2
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Gate B

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This gate leads into chamber B.

Condition

Partly excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    0.91 m
  • Length:

    0.52 m
  • Area:

    0.48 m2
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Details

About

KV 45 is located in the southeast branch of the main wadi, close to KV 44. The well-cut tomb consists of a shaft (A) and a small chamber (B). The tomb was found undecorated.

Site History

The tomb belonged to Userhat, Overseer of the Fields of Amen. It was reused during Dynasty 22. When Carter discovered the tomb, approximately one-third was filled with debris and badly damaged by flooding. Carter wrote that it was impossible to remove the two mummies of Dynasty 22. He did rescue a part of the mummy case of a man, a scarab, and Dynasty 18 fragments of canopic jars, belonging to Userhat. Recently, Donald Ryan recleared the tomb.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Thutmes IV
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 22
Osorkon I

Exploration

1902: Excavation
Carter, Howard
1902: Discovery
Carter, Howard
1992: Excavation
Ryan, Donald P.

Conservation

Conservation History

A metal grate has been placed over the shaft opening and a low rubble wall constructed around it to divert flood water.

Site Condition

The tomb was excavated recently by Donald Ryan of Pacific Lutheran University.

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Aston, David,  Barbara Aston and Donald P. Ryan.  Pottery from Tombs in the Valley of the Kings, KV 21, 27, 28, 44, 45, and 60.  Cahiers de la céramique égyptienne.  Cairo, IFAO. 6 (2000): 11-38.

Carter, Howard.  Report on General Work Done in the Southern Inspectorate.  Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 4 (1903): 43-50.

Fekri, Magdi Mohammed.  Une nouvelle enquête sur les tombes civiles et enonymes de la Vallée des Rois.  In:  Zahi Hawass, (ed.),  Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, 2000.  Two vols.  Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 1003.  Pp. 180-184.

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

Porter, Bertha and Rosalind Moss.  Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Text, Reliefs, and Paintings. I, 2. The Theban Necropolis: Royal Tombs and Smaller Cemeteries.  Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964.  Pp. 562.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 147.

Ryan, Donald P.  Some Observations Concerning Uninscribed Tombs in the Valley of the Kings.  In: Carl Nicholas Reeves, After Tut'ankhamun: Research and Excavation in the Royal Necropolis at Thebes.  London: KPI, 1992.  Pp. 21-27.  

Ryan, Donald P.   Exploring the Valley of the Kings.  Archaeology 47, 1 (1994): 52-61.

Thomas, Elizabeth.  The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes.  Princeton: privately printed, 1966.  P. 162.

Measurements

Minimum width:

0.91 m

Maximum width:

5.36 m

Total length:

5.81 m

Total area:

20.10 m²

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Official

Entrance location:

Hillside

Entrance type:

Shaft

Interior layout:

Chamber

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Human mummies
Human remains
Jewelry
Tomb equipment
Vegetal remains
Vessels

Hieroglyphs

Userhat

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