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Entryway A

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This entryway shaft is shallow.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.46 m
  • Length:

    1.31 m
  • Area:

    1.92 m2
  • Orientation:

    270°

Chamber B

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This chamber is apparently of large size.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.89 m
  • Width:

    5.17 m
  • Length:

    6.58 m
  • Area:

    34.02 m2
  • Volume:

    64.3 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Gate B

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The gate leads into chamber B.

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.89 m
  • Width:

    1.11 m
  • Length:

    0.56 m
  • Area:

    0.62 m2
  • Volume:

    1.17 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Details

About

KV 53 is located in the southwest wadi. According to the records made in the early twentieth century, the tomb consists of a shallow shaft entryway (A) followed by a single chamber (B). The tomb is undecorated.

Site History

KV 53 was robbed in antiquity. It is inaccessible at present. The tomb has never been accurately planned. The only significant object found in the tomb was an ostracon bearing the inscription "Hori, chief scribe in the Place of Truth."

Dating

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

New Kingdom

Exploration

1905-1906: Discovery
Ayrton, Edward Russell
1905-1906: Excavation
Ayrton, Edward Russell

Conservation

Site Condition

The tomb is inaccessible and filled with debris.

Resources

Bibliography

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Davis, Theodore M., Gaston Maspero, Edward Ayrton, Georges Daressy and E.H. Jones.  The Tomb of Siphtah (= Theodore M. Davis' Excavations, Biban el Moluk, 4).  London, 1908.  Pp. 18-19.

Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helck, Eberhart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.).  Lexikon der Ägyptologie.  7 vols. Wiesbaden, 1972-1992.  3: 522.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Excavations in the Valley of the Kings, 1905/6: A Photographic Record. Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts: Abteilung Kairo 40 (1984): 225-235.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 170-171.

Thomas, Elizabeth.  The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes.  Princeton: privately printed, 1966.  P. 158.

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 63.

Wilkinson, Richard H. and Carl Nicholas Reeves.  The Complete Valley of the Kings.  London:  Thames and Hudson, 1996.  P. 186.

Measurements

Maximum height:

1.89 m

Minimum width:

1.11 m

Maximum width:

5.17 m

Total length:

8.45 m

Total area:

36.56 m²

Total volume:

65.47 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Unknown, probably non-royal

Entrance location:

Hillside

Entrance type:

Shaft

Interior layout:

Chamber

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Written documents