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KV 60
Sit-Ra, called In (?)

Entryway A

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Roughly cut steps lead steeply down to gate B from a cleft in the hillside.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    1.25 m Irregular
  • Length:

    2.56 m
  • Area:

    2.82 m2
  • Orientation:

    25.92°

Corridor B

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There are two roughly cut recesses opposite each other in the right (southeast) and left (northwest) walls, each containing a wadjet eye. The floor in the center third of the chamber is lower than the front or rear.

Architectural Features

Recesses

Condition

Cutting finished
Decorated
Excavated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.6 m
  • Width:

    1.2 m Irregular
  • Length:

    9.79 m
  • Area:

    14.15 m2
  • Volume:

    22.64 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Decoration

  • Amuletic representations

    wedjat-eye left (Northwest) recess
  • Amuletic representations

    wedjat-eye right (Southeast) recess

Gate B

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The gate leads into corridor B.

Condition

Excavated
Undecorated
Cutting finished

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.68 m
  • Width:

    1.06 m
  • Length:

    0.32 m
  • Area:

    0.35 m2
  • Volume:

    0.59 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from entryway A

Gate Ba

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The gate is located in the right (east) wall of corridor B.

Condition

Excavated
Undecorated
Cutting finished

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1 m
  • Width:

    1 m
  • Length:

    0.51 m
  • Area:

    0.49 m2
  • Volume:

    0.49 m3
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor B

Side chamber Ba

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This small, undecorated side chamber narrows towards the left (northeast) end. Piled near the rear (southeast) wall are large limestone blocks. A side of beef was found in the chamber.

Condition

Cutting finished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Width:

    2.78 m
  • Length:

    1.88 m
  • Area:

    5.01 m2
  • Orientation:

    90° right from corridor B

Gate J

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The square cut gate leads from corridor B into burial chamber J.

Architectural Features

Steps

Condition

Excavated
Cutting finished
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.24 m
  • Width:

    1.25 m
  • Length:

    0.74 m
  • Area:

    0.84 m2
  • Volume:

    1.13 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Burial chamber J

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The low, roughly cut, unfinished chamber is rectangular in plan. The chamber still contains the mummy of an unknown woman.

  • Chamber plan:

    Rectangular
  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

    Parallel
  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:

    Flat

Condition

Cutting unfinished
Excavated
Undecorated

Dimensions

  • Height:

    1.93 m
  • Width:

    6.58 m Irregular
  • Length:

    5.19 m
  • Area:

    32.01 m2
  • Volume:

    61.78 m3
  • Orientation:

    0° from corridor B

Details

About

The tomb is located in the southeast branch off the southeast wadi, immediately beside the entrance of KV 19, south of KV 20, in the eastern cliffs of the Valley. It is a small, undecorated tomb, consisting of an entryway stairway (A), a corridor (B) with recesses and a side chamber (Ba), and a roughly-cut burial chamber (J).

Noteworthy features:

An unidentified female mummy still rests in the tomb.

Site History

An inscription on one coffin bore the name and title, royal nurse, In. In has been thought by some to be Sit-Ra, called In, royal nurse of Hatshepsut. The mummy is now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. The other, still unidentified mummy remained in situ. Thomas suggested it might be the mummy of Hatshepsut, relocated by Thutmes III.

Dating

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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18

Exploration

1903: Discovery
Carter, Howard
1989-1990: Excavation
Ryan, Donald P.
1906: Excavation
Ayrton, Edward Russell
1903: Excavation
Carter, Howard

Conservation

Conservation History

During Ryan's work on the tomb in 1989, a wooden box was built to hold one mummy, and a metal cover was set over the pit entrance.

Site Condition

The tomb was excavated by Carter and then closed again. It was relocated by Donald Ryan of Pacific Lutheran University.

Resources

Bibliography

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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 of Work Done in Upper Egypt (1902-1903).  Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte 4 (1903): 171-180.

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

Mastenbroek, O.  Archeologisch nieuws, no. 8: Het Dal der Koningen.  De Ibis 19 (1994): 16-20.

Reeves, Carl Nicholas.  Valley of the Kings: The Decline of a Royal Necropolis (= Studies in Egyptology).  London:  KPI, 1990. Pp. 139.

Ryan, Donald P., The Pacific Lutheran University Valley of the Kings Project:  A Synopsis of the First (1989) Season. Newsletter of the American Research Center in Egypt 146 (1989): 8-10.

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

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

Ryan, Donald P.  Who is Buried in KV60?  A Field Report.  KMT 1/1 (1990):  34-9,53-4, 58.

Measurements

Maximum height:

1.93 m

Minimum width:

1.00 m

Maximum width:

6.58 m

Total length:

20.99 m

Total area:

55.67 m²

Total volume:

86.63 m³

Additional Tomb Information

Owner type:

Official

Entrance location:

Base of sheer cliff

Entrance type:

Staircase

Interior layout:

Corridor and chambers

Axis type:

Straight

Decoration

Painting

Categories of Objects Recovered

Carpenters' and sculptors' tools
Human mummies
Jewelry
Lighting equipment
Mammal mummies
Mummy trappings
Scarabs and seals
Tomb equipment
Vessels
Written documents

Hieroglyphs

Sit-Ra

Daughter of Ra

In

In