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Entrance to QV5
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Entryway A

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A shallow shaft partially filled with debris. The shaft entrance has a masonry surround with a metal grid.


Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Flood Damage



QV 5 is located on the south side of the main Wadi, a few meters from the edge of the paved path. The tomb comprises of a shallow shaft (A) and is partially filled with debris. The owner of the tomb is unknown.

Elizabeth Thomas recorded that QV 3, QV 5, and QV 6 were all interconnected, though no evidence of this can be seen today. She also noted ceiling rock fall in QV 5 and the absence of any objects.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2009: Conservation
Supreme Council of Antiquities


Conservation History

As of November 2009, the Supreme Council of Antiquities installed a masonry surround with metal grill over the tomb's entrance.

Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the marl rock of the tomb shaft is friable, with loose rock perched precariously near the entrance. Presumably flood and natural debris fill have resulted in partial burial of the tomb.


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.


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