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Entrance to QV62
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Chamber B

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Large, well-cut rectangular undecorated chamber with debris and large rocks on the floor surface, possibly from the original sealing of the chamber and shaft (A). There is some evidence of flooding.


Cutting finished
Flood Damage

Chamber C

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A roughly cut, undecorated chamber, which is partially blocked by debris in the shaft (A). Flood damage is apparent from the dried mud on the floor surface.


Cutting finished
Flood Damage

About the Tomb


QV 62 is located on the north side of the main Wadi between QV 61 and QV 63. The shaft (A) is relatively deep (6m) and leads into two separate chambers on different axes (B and C). The tomb’s entrance has a modern cemented brick surround and a metal grill with torn mesh.

Elizabeth Thomas describes this tomb as being well cut in good quality rock and in pristine condition.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and there is no evidence of reuse.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1966: 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)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the deep shaft (A) has large open diagonal fractures and partial debris fill. The large chamber (B) is roughly 8m in length and half filled with debris and large stones, presumably from the original sealing of the chamber entrance and shaft. At the northwest end of the chamber, a large pile of fallen rock is evident on top of the dried mud. Salts are present in abundance, infilling cracks and efflorescing on surfaces. The entrance to chamber (C) is partially blocked by debris in the shaft, which spills into the chamber. The chamber is rough hewn and the ceiling is fractured with localized areas of substantial loss. The floor is covered in dried, cracked mud. Evidence of biological activity includes mud wasp nests (at chamber entrances), and extensive bat droppings. Evidence of the 1994 flood is particularly clear in chamber (C), where dried mud carpets the floor, and horizontal "high-tide" stains are visible on the walls. Dirt covering the boulders in chamber (B) and debris in the shaft also indicate flooding. Salt efflorescence is further evidence of moisture infiltration into the rock. 


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.


CNRS mission report: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). Rapport d'activité 1987-1988 URA no. 1064, 1987-1988.

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

Leblanc, Christian. Ta set nefrou: une nécropole de Thèbes-ouest et son histoire, 1: géographie- toponymie: historique de l'exploration scientifique du site. Cairo: Nubar Printing House, 1989.