QV 72 is an early 18th Dynasty single-chambered shaft tomb on the north side of the main Wadi, between 19th Dynasty chamber tombs QV 73 and QV 74. The shaft entrance has a modern cemented brick surround, deeper on the upslope side, and a metal grill without mesh.
QV 72 is attributed to Prince Baki and Princess Hatnefert. Three Canopic jars were found in the tomb inscribed for Princess Hatneferet. Two are now in the Egyptian Museum in Berlin (2075 + 2076) and the third was formerly in the possession of Triantaphyllos. A jar bearing a Hieratic inscription provided the name of Prince Baki.
First noted by Carl Lepsius, by the time Elizabeth Thomas visited, the tomb had been filled with debris to such an extent that the entrance was no longer visible. The Franco-Egyptian Mission cleared the tomb in 1986.
The tomb was constructed during the 18th Dynasty.
This site was used during the following period(s):
According to the GCI-SCA, the deep (approx. 5m) shaft has vertical fractures and partial debris fill. The chamber appears stable and is roughly hewn from good quality rock. Two stacks of neatly piled rocks are present, presumably from the original sealing of the chamber entrance. The rear wall of the chamber shows damage from salts, visible in the form of extensive crystal growth. Localized fracturing is visible in the ceiling and walls. There is evidence of bat activity and wasps' nests, along with a gecko and silverfish. The presumed entry of moisture, perhaps as seepage through the rock from the surface or adjacent tombs has resulted in salt crystal growth and related rock deterioration on the rear wall of the chamber.
King's Son, Baki
King's Daughter, Hatneferet
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