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QV 82
Prince Minemhat and Amenhetep*

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Entrance to QV82 and QV75 in background.
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QV 82 is a single chambered shaft tomb on the north side of the main Wadi, adjacent to the bridge and path to QV 66. It is located between the entrances to chamber tombs QV 74 and QV 75. The shaft entrance has a modern, cemented masonry surround with a metal grill over the entrance.

The tomb is attributed to Prince Minemhat and an individual named Amenhetep based on the archaeological material recovered. A ceramic vase discovered in the tomb bears Thutmoside inscriptions and the name of the Prince. The tomb was cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1986.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


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 tomb is in good condition despite past flood events, indicated by a thin layer of dried, cracked mud that covers the chamber floor and is adhered to some wall surfaces. Further evidence of flooding includes the presence of fibrous salt crystals that have formed on many surfaces throughout the tomb. Flood water has also partially filled the tomb with debris. 


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.

Dodson, Aidan and Dyan Hilton. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. London: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

Macke, André, Christiane Macke-Ribet, Christian Leblanc, and Jacques Connan. Ta set neferou: une necropole de Thebes-Ouest et son histoire: momification, chimie des baumes, anthropologie, paléopathologie. Vol. 5. Cairo: Nubar Printing House, 2002.