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QV 72
Prince Baki and Princess Hatneferet*

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Entrance to QV72.
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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. 

Noteworthy features:

QV 72 is an early 18th Dynasty undecorated single-chambered shaft tomb.

Site History

The tomb was constructed during the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1844-1845: Documentation
Lepsius, Carl Richard
1966: Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1986: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
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 (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.


Prince Baki

King's Son, Baki
sA-nswt bAki

Princess Hatneferet

King's Daughter, Hatneferet
sat-nswt HAt-nfr(t)


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.


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