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Tomb entrances and tourist shelter in the central part of the Valley of the Kings.
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Entryway A

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The entryway to the tomb is a shaft.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.98 m
  • Length:

    1.49 m
  • Area:

    2.95 m2
  • Orientation:

    341.6°

Gate B

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The gate is located in the rear (north) wall at the bottom of the shaft and leads into chamber B.

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.14 m
  • Width:

    1.49 m
  • Length:

    0.71 m
  • Area:

    1.06 m2
  • Volume:

    2.27 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Chamber B

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According to Jones, the floor was covered with 70-90 cm (28-35 inches) of water-borne mud deposits.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    2.37 m
  • Width:

    4.05 m
  • Length:

    4.85 m
  • Area:

    19.66 m2
  • Volume:

    46.59 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Details

About

KV 58, located in the main wadi, consists of an entryway shaft (A) and a small, undecorated chamber (B) cut into the steep base of a hill near the floor of the branch wadi running up to KV 35. Most of the finds lay two meters down the shaft and in the chamber. Among these were a large amount of gold foil, knobs, and an uninscribed calcite shabti.

Noteworthy features:

The tomb contained gold foil, which probably belonged to a chariot harness, bearing the names of Tutankhamen and Ay.

Site History

This tomb is of an uncertain date although some have thought it was associated as a dependency of KV 57. It appears to have been used as a secondary cache for burial equipment belonging to Ay, which perhaps was originally placed in KV 23. Some have theorized that this material was placed here in association with a possible reburial of Ay in nearby KV 57. Another theory is that it represents an abandoned robber's hoard of material taken from KV 23.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18

Exploration

1909: Discovery
Jones, Ernest Harold
1909: Excavation
Jones, Ernest Harold

Conservation

Site Condition

Entryway A is filled with rubble, blocking access to chamber B.

Resources

Bibliography

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Bickerstaffe, Dylan.  The Enigma of Kings Valley Tomb 58.  KMT 21, 3 (2010): 35-44.

Davis, Theodore M., Gaston Maspero, Georges Daressy and L. Crane.  The Tombs of Harmhabi and Touatânkhamonou (= Theodore M. Davis' Excavations, Biban el Moluk, 6).  London, 1912.

Helck, Wolfgang.  Königsgräbertal.  Wolfgang Helck, Eberhart Otto and Wolfhart Westendorf (eds.).  Lexikon der Ägyptologie.  7 vols. Wiesbaden, 1972-1992.  3: 523.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas. A State Chariot from the Tomb of Ay?  GöttMisz 46 (1981): 33-45.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  The Discovery and Clearance of KV 58.  Göttingen Miszellen  53 (1982): 33-45.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 72-75.

Thomas, Elizabeth.  The Royal Necropoleis of Thebes.  Princeton: privately printed, 1966.  P. 165.

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 68.

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

Measurements

Maximum height:

2.37 m

Minimum width:

1.49 m

Maximum width:

4.05 m

Total length:

7.05 m

Total area:

23.67 m²

Total volume:

48.86 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Cache

Entrance location:

Base of sloping hill

Entrance type:

Shaft

Interior layout:

Chamber

Axis type:

Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered

Accessories
Furniture
Tomb equipment
Transport