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KV 54
Tutankhamen cache



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.

Noteworthy features:

This tomb is unique in that it was a cache containing embalming material and elements of a funerary meal.

Site History

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):

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1907: Discovery
Ayrton, Edward Russell
1907-1908: Excavation
Ayrton, Edward Russell
1999-2000: Excavation
MISR Project: Mission Siptah-Ramses X


Site Condition

The shaft has been re-excavated recently by the MISR Project.


Tutankhamen cache

King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Lord of Manifestations is Ra, Son of Ra, Living Image of Amun, Ruler of Southern Heliopolis (Thebes)
niswt-bity nb-xprw-Raw sA-Raw twt-anx-Imn HqA Iwnw Sma


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