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Entrances of QV9, QV10, and QV13.
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Entryway A

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Shaft entrance that has a modern built surround with cement plaster and no metal grid or mesh.


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Burial chamber B

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An undecorated burial chamber with a Bench cut from the rock in the rear of the chamber.

  • Chamber plan:

  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:


Architectural Features



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QV 9 is located on the south side of the main Wadi, between the paved path and the higher footpath to the south. The tomb has one chamber (B) and the shaft entrance (A) has a modern built surround with cement plaster and no metal grill or mesh. The tomb has a Bench cut from the rock in the rear of the chamber (B).

Elizabeth Thomas recorded that QV 7 to QV 10 are all similar in layout. The last clearing of the tombs was conducted by the Franco-Egyptian Mission from 1986-87. The finds from the tomb indicate that it was constructed during the reign of Thutmes I and may have belonged to a member of the military as they were interred with an arrow head and a finely worked and decorated leather fragment that may have been part of a quiver. The tomb was reused during the Third Intermediate Period and Roman Period for group burials as the remains of over 20 individuals were discovered inside.

Noteworthy features:

QV 9 is an 18th Dynasty undecorated shaft tomb constructed during the reign of Thutmes I. It may have belonged to a member of the military based on the finds.

Site History

The tomb was constructed during the 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmes I, and reused substantially during the Third Intermediate and Roman Periods.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Thutmes I
Third Intermediate Period
Graeco-Roman Era
Roman Period


1959-1960: Survey and Documentation
Thomas, Elizabeth
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
1986-1987: Publication, Conservation, Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)
2010: Tomb clearance
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

According to the GCI-SCA, the tomb generally appears stable. It is cut into mixed marl types, with the shaft cut largely into marl but reaching shale layers near the bottom. The main chamber of the tomb is cut into interbedded layers. Trash littered bottom of the shaft. One bat was seen in QV 9 by the GCI-SCA assessment team. The tomb opening is susceptible to flooding, and the shale of the main chamber is particularly susceptible to damage resulting from flood. 


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.

Lecuyot, Guy. Les tombes VdR 9 à 13 de la Vallée des Reines. Memnonia, 3 (1992): 89-129.

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.