Entryway ASee entire tomb
Shaft entrance with no built surround.
Chamber BSee entire tomb
A small rectangular chamber.
Burial chamber CSee entire tomb
A large, undecorated square chamber.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
QV 13 is located on the south side of the main Wadi, adjacent to the secondary footpath to the south of the main visitor path. The entrance (A) has no surround or means of enclosure. The tomb consists of two chambers, a smaller rectangular chamber (B) leading to a larger square chamber (C). The rock into which the tomb is cut is fractured.
Elizabeth Thomas noted that QV 13 was the first of the "tandem" tombs, characterized by the layout of two consecutive chambers, the rear often larger than the first. She further noted that the tomb, though more complex in layout, is "small and rough" and impacted by the poor quality of the rock from which it was cut. The tomb was last cleared by the Franco-Egyptian team in 1984-85. Material recovered from the tomb includes the original 18th Dynasty Sarcophagus fragments, pottery, and glazed wig ornaments; Third Intermediate Period sarcophagi fragments, a fragment of wood painted with a falcon-headed deity, funerary nets, and shabtis; and Roman Period sarcophagi fragments and pottery.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and reused substantially in the Third Intermediate and Roman Periods.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb generally appears stable, with no signs of fallen rock, although the upper area of the passage between chambers (B) and (C) appears in particularly poor condition. The ceilings of chambers (B) and (C) are blackened. Bird and wasp nests were observed in the tomb by the GCI-SCA. The poor quality of rock in parts of the tomb is the principal cause of areas of loss. According to the GCI-SCA, the installation of a shaft cover is not feasible due to the nature of the opening. It has been recommended that the shaft be plugged to prevent entry of water, debris, and animals, as well as to ensure visitor safety.
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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