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Entrances to QV19 and QV20 
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Entryway A

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Shaft entrance has a modern masonry surround spanned by a metal grill or mesh.


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Chamber B

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A large roughly cut rectangular and undecorated chamber situated parallel to the tomb shaft (A). The tomb lies above QV 20, and chamber B is cut perpendicular to chamber B of QV 20 directly below.


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QV 19 is a single-chambered shaft tomb located on the south side of the main Wadi. It lies atop a low mound along a secondary footpath and its chamber (B) is perpendicular to and partially overlies the chamber of QV 20. The shaft (A) has a modern masonry surround spanned by a metal grill or mesh. The owner is unknown.

Elizabeth Thomas (1959-60) was unable to enter the tomb, but noted that it had little debris fill and a typical layout, although its chamber was atypically large. She suggested that Ernesto Schiaparelli (1903-1905) may have cleared this tomb. The tomb was last cleared in 1987 by the Franco-Egyptian team and dated to the 18th Dynasty.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1903-1905 (?): Excavation
Italian Archaeological Expedition
1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
1987: Publication, Conservation, Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
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 entire tomb is cut into relatively good quality marl, and appears generally stable. However, there is significant fissuring through the chamber both along its length and width, with substantial separation of rock at the upper rear wall of the chamber and within the shaft. One prominent fissure occurs midway between the entrance and the rear wall, extending continuously through the floor, ceiling, and both walls. This fissure was also noted by the Franco-Egyptian team at the time of their clearing campaign (1987). Since the rear half of QV 19 is immediately above the chamber of QV 20, the tomb was evaluated for signs of slumping and delamination by Hamza Associates in 2009. Joint planes throughout the tomb, including this fissure, appear to be a local manifestation of a more extensive movement in the bedrock, and no signs of ceiling slumping in QV 20 are evident. Wasp nests were also observed and are present on the surface of the rock, particularly the ceiling. Provided that QV 20 remains stable, QV 19 will also remain in stable condition.


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.