Entryway ASee entire tomb
A deep shaft (approx. 6-7 m) leads to down to the burial chamber. A modern, cemented brick surround is present at the entrance, spanned with a metal grill. The rock within the shaft is heavily fractured, veined with salts, and friable.
Burial chamber BSee entire tomb
A long burial chamber oriented north-south. The chamber appears structurally stable, but is dangerous given the loose and falling surface rock.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
QV47 is thought to be the first royal tomb constructed in the Valley of the Queens. It consists of a single, rectangular chamber (B) with a shaft (A) and lies towards the bottom of the slope on the south side of the Wadi, a few meters from the retaining wall of the path. A modern, cemented brick surround is present at the entrance, spanned with a metal grill.
Although pillaged and flooded in antiquity, the tomb retained enough material to reveal an originally rich burial and the name Ahmose, identified as the King's sister and daughter of Seqenenre Tao. Ahmose was also the sister of Queen Ahmose Nefertari, and half sister of Ahmose I, the first king of the 18th Dynasty. She outlived her brother and sister and is thought to have been buried during the reign of Thutmes I, but the burial may have taken place under Ahmose or Amenhotep I. Names of the princess and her parents were written on an inscribed cloth found in the tomb. The mummy of Princess Ahmose was discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli (1903-1905) together with her funerary goods, which included fragments of her Coffin, fragments of twenty different chapters of the Book of the Dead written on linen (the oldest known example at the time of Schiaparelli's excavation), and leather sandals. All of the artifacts are now housed in the Turin Museum. Schiaparelli presumed that the mummy of a relatively tall person of advanced age was that of the princess and was puzzled by the lack of Canopic jars, given that the remains of a Canopic chest were found and that they are often recovered in previously pillaged tombs. The Franco-Egyptian Mission last cleared the tomb in 1984.
Names of the princess and her parents were written on an inscribed cloth found in the tomb. The mummy of Princess Ahmose was discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli's mission (1903-1905), together with her funerary goods, which included fragments of her Coffin, fragments of twenty different chapters of the Book of the Dead written on linen (the oldest example of the Book known at the time of Schiaparelli's excavation), and leather sandals.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and was presumably pillaged shortly thereafter.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the shale within the shaft is heavily fractured, veined with salts, and friable, falling away at a touch. The tomb appears structurally stable, but is dangerous given the loose and falling surface rock. The modern entrance surround is undercut and the steel support cross-braces are exposed from within the shaft and above ground as well. Three bats were noted in the tomb by the GCI-SCA in January 2008. The clay content of the shale is the principal cause of its friability, following exposure to water. Accumulations of silt and debris provide evidence for previous flooding events.
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