Entryway ASee entire tomb
The shaft has a modern cemented masonry surround with a metal grill.
Burial chamber BSee entire tomb
A rectangular burial chamber that lies on axis with the tomb's entry shaft. The tomb is cut into extensively fractured shale, with the rock below the ceiling in this chamber an ochre and yellowish brown in color with many veins of white salts running through it. A thick layer of cracked, dried mud is on the floor in the front part of chamber, indicating that water has infiltrated the tomb in the past.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
QV 30 is located on the south slope of the main Wadi and is comprised of a single, rectangular chamber (B) with a vertical shaft (A). The shaft has a modern cemented masonry surround with a metal grill.
The tomb was discovered by the Italian Archaeological Expedition in 1904. Although it had already been looted, Canopic jars found at the time of Ernesto Schiaparelli's discovery identified the tomb owner as Nebiri, the Superintendent of the Royal Stables under Thutmes Ill (Egyptian Museum in Turin, S.5110 - 13). Fragments of two mummies - one believed to be Nebiri's (Turin Museum, S.5109) and the other may be his servant's - Faience objects, vases, and pottery were also recovered from the tomb. The pottery vessels display the "Aegean" style (Cypriote), which helped Schiaparelli date the tomb. As with other 18th Dynasty tombs, QV 30 was not decorated.
QV 30 was discovered by the Italian Archaeological Expedition in 1904. Although it had already been looted, Canopic jars found at the time of Ernesto Schiaparelli's discovery identified the tomb owner as Nebiri, the Superintendent of the Royal Stables under Thutmes Ill.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and was probably looted soon afterwards.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb is cut into extensively fractured shale. A thick layer of cracked, dried mud is on the floor in the front part of chamber (B), indicating that water has infiltrated into the tomb in the past. Following the GCI-SCA assessment in December 2009, the tomb was judged to be structurally sound. One bat was observed roosting in the tomb in 2008. The poor quality of rock is the principal cause of deterioration. Furthermore, the tomb opening is in a location susceptible to upslope runoff.
Stable Master, Nebiri
Stable Master, Nebiri
Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis
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