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Entrance to QV14
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Entryway A

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Shaft entrance has a modern masonry surround.


Cutting finished

Burial chamber B

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Undecorated burial chamber.

  • Chamber plan:

  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:



Cutting finished
Flood Damage



QV 14 lies on the south side of the main Wadi along the secondary footpath and opposite QV 13. It consists of a shaft (A) leading to one large, undecorated chamber (B). The shaft entrance has a modern masonry surround. 

Elizabeth Thomas was only able to "estimate" the tomb's subterranean layout, but called it a "well cut pit." The tomb was last cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1986, who observed that the debris in the tomb was cemented to the floor due to previous water infiltration. They also found evidence suggesting that the tomb was reused during the Third Intermediate Period and possibly during the Roman Period as well.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and, according to Christian Leblanc, was reused in the Third Intermediate and Roman Period.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Third Intermediate Period
Graeco-Roman Era
Roman Period


1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1986: Publication, Conservation, Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2010: Tomb clearance
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb is excavated into extensively fractured rock, although it generally appears stable. The shaft and ceiling of the main chamber are composed of marl, and all the rock of the main chamber below the ceiling is shale. The tomb opening is in a position that could be vulnerable to flooding, and the shale of its main chamber is particularly susceptible to damage resulting from flood.


Geography and Geology of the Valley of the Queens and Western Wadis

The Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis are made up of numerous valleys spread out over a vast space of desert, each containing tombs for the New Kingdom queens and other royal family members. The poor quality rock has led to damage in several tombs after suffering from earthquakes and floods.


CNRS mission report: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). Rapport d'activité 1987-1988 URA no. 1064, 1987-1988.

Demas, Martha and Neville Agnew (eds). Valley of the Queens. Assessment Report. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2012, 2016. Two vols.