This cache is located in the southeast wadi. KV 54 is a small pit, perhaps an unfinished shaft cutting, that was reused after the reign of Tutankhamen as a storeroom for his funerary equipment.
This tomb is unique in that it was a cache containing embalming material and elements of a funerary meal.
Soon after the burial of King Tutankhamen, his tomb (KV 62) was robbed at least twice. After it was first robbed, objects found in the entrance corridor were removed and reburied in KV 54. The entrance of KV 62 was then filled up with limestone chippings and resealed.
This site was used during the following period(s):
The shaft has been re-excavated recently by the MISR Project.
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