Shaft entrance has a modern cemented brick surround spanned by a metal grill.
Large, rectangular roughly cut and undecorated chamber with blackened walls and ceiling surfaces.
Small roughly cut, undecorated side chamber with a rear niche and pit shaft in the southeast corner of chamber C.
A small roughly cut and undecorated pit chamber that contained several mummies. The dimensions of the chamber are approximate.
QV 23 lies on a slight slope on the south side of the main Wadi, a few meters south of the principal pathway and near the SCA guard house. It has one main chamber (B) leading to a smaller chamber (C) at its rear. In this chamber (C) is a shaft leading to a lower side chamber (Ca). The main shaft (A) has a modern cemented brick surround spanned by a metal grill.
The tomb was not visited by Elizabeth Thomas. It was last cleared in 1987-88 by the Franco-Egyptian Mission. Archaeological material from this 18th Dynasty tomb suggests it was reused during the Third Intermediate Period.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and reused in the Third Intermediate Period.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb generally appears stable. It is cut into both marl and shale. The wall and ceiling surfaces in both upper chambers are blackened. Although this blackening made it difficult to assess the nature of the rock, it appears that the lower part of the main chamber (B) is cut into shale, with the upper part appearing to be marl. Most of rock in the main chamber is fractured. Bats were heard during the GCI-SCA inspection in 2006-2009, and are presumed to be roosting in the lower chamber (Ca). The tomb rock is vulnerable to significant damage in the event of flooding or water infiltration.
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