Entryway ASee entire tomb
A slightly descending Ramp provides access to this unfinished tomb. Roughly a quarter of the ramp is covered by a rock-cut Overhang. Remains of dry laid rubble masonry exist on both sides of the ramp. At some point, areas of stone loss along the ramp walls were repaired with mortar and stone chips. On the north wall of the ramp, several test patches of modern plaster have been applied.
Gate BSee entire tomb
This gate provides access to the unfinished tomb and is undecorated. The entrance does not have a metal door to prevent access.
Corridor BSee entire tomb
This corridor lies on axis with the tomb's entrance and is unfinished.
About the Tomb
QV 54 is located behind the visitor shelter adiacent to QV 55 in the north branch of the main Wadi. A Ramp (A) descends slightly, leading into an unfinished corridor (B) that is cut into a spur projecting from the base of the cliff. Roughly a quarter of the ramp is covered by a rock-cut Overhang. Remains of dry laid rubble masonry exist on both sides of the ramp.
This unfinished tomb has been known since the time of Robert Hay of Linplum (1826). Elizabeth Thomas (1959-60) suggests cracks in the entrance and unfinished corridor were partly plastered when the tomb was being excavated. Based on the architectural plan, this tomb was likely excavated during the 20th Dynasty, though there have not been any recorded discoveries of archaeological material. The tomb has no door and is used by site personnel to rest and store items. Bats occasionally roost on the ceiling and there is modern graffiti on the walls.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the unfinished tomb presents no significant structural concerns. Human and animal activity are the main sources of deterioration of the tomb.
Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis
Geography and Geology of the Valley of the Queens and Western Wadis
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Wilkinson, J. Gardner. Wilkinson MSS: [Egypt and Nubia between 1821-1831 and 1841- 42, 1848-9 and 1855]. Private Collection of Mrs. Godfrey Mosley, on loan to The Griffth Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1821-1855.