Entryway ASee entire tomb
The shaft entrance has a modern cement-coated masonry surround with no protective metal grill or mesh.
Burial chamber BSee entire tomb
Large, rough undecorated chamber, connected to QV 11 through corridor on southeast side of the chamber.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
The single-chambered QV 12 lies on the south side of the main Wadi along the main paved path. It is adjacent to QV 11, which it adjoins through the southeast corner of chamber (B). The entrance (A) has a modern cement-coated masonry surround with no protective metal grill or mesh.
The shaft tomb was recorded by Elizabeth Thomas (1959-60) as adjoining QV 11, although she questions whether the opening is original. The tomb was last cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1986-7. Given the nature of the archaeological material, the individual originally interred in the tomb was likely of an elevated rank - this included fragments of three arrows, and golden tip of a scepter and Sarcophagus fragments inscribed with the name of Thutmes Il. The tomb was also reused in the Third Intermediate and Roman Periods and materials include fragments of sarcophagi, funerary nets, pottery, a shroud decorated with Osiris, and fragments of cartonnage.
QV 12 adjoins neighboring QV 11 by a corridor. The individual originally interred in the tomb was likely of an elevated rank as the material discovered includes fragments of three arrows, and golden tip of a scepter and Sarcophagus fragments inscribed with the name of Thutmes Il
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty. It was reused in the Third Intermediate and Roman Periods based on archaeological material recovered by the Franco-Egyptian Mission.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, like its adjoining neighbor, QV 12 is cut into beds of differing quality rock. Much of the rock is loose or detaches easily. Some areas show signs of blackening. A layer of fine silt over the floor of the tomb suggests flooding from the 1994 rains. Some wasp nests were also observed by the GCI-SCA assessment team.
Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis
Geography and Geology of the Valley of the Queens and Western Wadis
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Demas, Martha and Neville Agnew (eds). Valley of the Queens. Assessment Report. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2012, 2016. Two vols.
Macke, André, Christiane Macke-Ribet, Christian Leblanc, and Jacques Connan. Ta set neferou: une necropole de Thebes-Ouest et son histoire: momification, chimie des baumes, anthropologie, paléopathologie. Vol. 5. Cairo: Nubar Printing House, 2002.