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Entrance to QV96 and QV73 in background.
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Located on the north side of the Wadi between QV 71 and QV 73, QV 96 consists of a single chamber at the base of a shaft roughly five meters deep. The shaft entrance has a modern cemented masonry surround and metal grill with no mesh.

The tomb was excavated by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in March-April of 1988. The archaeological material removed, including a partial wooden scepter, Faience panels from furniture, and funerary offerings, suggests that the tomb was only used during the 18th Dynasty. There was no indication of later reuse.

Noteworthy features:

QV 96 is an undecorated single-chambered shaft tomb that was filled with burial equipment, including a partial wooden scepter, Faience panels from furniture, and funerary offerings.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1988: 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, QV 96 is in generally good condition. Nevertheless, debris that has accumulated in the shaft spills into the chamber, partially blocking the entrance. Salt efflorescence is present on the tomb walls and ceiling, particularly on the wall furthest from the entrance. A prominent fracture runs through the ceiling and one wall. Silt is caked on the floor of the tomb, indicating the presence of flood waters in the past. Mud wasps' nests and scattered bat droppings are present in the tomb. The presence of silt and debris on the tomb floor, as well as the relative abundant salt growth suggest that flood waters have contributed to the deterioration of the tomb in the past. Salt crystal growth may also be due to surface water seeping through the rock from above.


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.