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Workers excavate on a slope in one of the small wadisknown as the "Valley of Prince Ahmose" in the Valley of the Queens. In addition to the tomb of Prince Ahmose (QV88), four other tombs were excavated during Schiaparelli's excavations there. Italian Archaeological Expedition excavations. Courtesy of the Egyptian Museum in Turin.
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Entryway A

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A vertical shaft that is considerably eroded. There is no protective modern masonry surround and substantial debris has accumulated in the shaft.


Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Flood Damage

Burial chamber B

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A small, square undecorated burial chamber that lies on axis with the tomb's entrance. There are remnants of plaster on the western wall.

  • Chamber plan:

  • Relationship to main tomb axis:

  • Chamber layout:

    Flat floor, no pillars
  • Floor:

    One level
  • Ceiling:



Cutting finished
Damaged structurally
Flood Damage



QV 98 lies in the Valley of Prince Ahmose, a small Wadi immediately adjacent to and south of the main wadi. The tomb consists of a heavily eroded shaft (A) leading to a small, undecorated burial chamber (B). It is substantially filled with debris.

The Italian Archaeological Expedition discovered and excavated the tomb in 1903. It was last cleared in 1988 by the Franco-Egyptian Mission.

Site History

The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.


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

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18


1903: Discovery
Italian Archaeological Expedition
1981: Mapping/planning
Theban Mapping Project
1988: Excavation
Franco Egyptian Mission
2006-2008: Survey and Documentation
Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA)


Site Condition

Since QV 98 is mostly filled with debris, it was not assessed by the GCI-SCA team from the interior. Trash has been thrown into the tomb and it is susceptible to continuing erosion from surface water draining through the Valley of Prince Ahmose. While the volume of such water is relatively small compared to that of the main Wadi, the susceptibility of the surrounding shale to water accelerates the rate of decay, as does the lack of a protective surround at the shaft entrance. Since substantial debris has accumulated in the shaft, the GCI-SCA has recommended that the tomb be entirely reburied and marked for future identification.


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.


Ballerini, F. Notizia sommaria degli scavi della missione archeologica italiana in Egitto, anno 1903: Valle delle regine. Torino: Museo di antichità, 1903.

Demas, Martha and Neville Agnew (eds). Valley of the Queens. Assessment Report. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2012, 2016. Two vols.

Franco, Isabelle. Fragments de «Livre des Morts» sur toile: découverts dans la Vallée des Reines. Bulletin de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale 88 (1988): 71-82.

Leblanc, Christian and Magdi Mohamed Fekri. L’exploration archéologique des vallées laterales de tA st nfrw. Atti del Sesto Congresso Internazionale di Egittologia. Vol. 1. Turin: International Association of Egyptologists, 1993: 259-268.

Leblanc, Christian, and Alberto Siliotti. Nefertari e la valle delle regine. 2nd ed. Florence: Giunti, 2002.

Schiaparelli, Ernesto. Realazione sui lavon della Missione archeologica italiana in Egitto, anni 1903-1020: la tomba intatta dell’architetto Cha: nella necropoli di Tebe. Vol. 2. Turin: Casa editrice Giovanni Chiantore, 1927.