QV B is located at the mouth of the Valley of the Three Pits, in close proximity to tombs QV A through QV K. It consists of a rectangular shaft leading to a rough, undecorated burial chamber. The name of the owner is unknown.
The tomb was explored by both Georges Daressy (1895) and Ernesto Schiaparelli (1903-1905), who found that it had already been looted. Elizabeth Thomas surveyed the tomb in 1959-60, followed by the Theban Mapping Project (TMP) in 1981. Although the TMP surveyed QV B, they could not map the tomb.
QV B was last excavated and cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1989-90. Several objects were recovered, including a seal impression bearing the Cartouche of Thutmes III, a seal impression with the figure of the king as a sphinx wearing the blue crown, and a white-washed fragmentary jar filled with linens used during the mummification of the owner.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty.
This site was used during the following period(s):
Concerns about structural stability prevented the GCI-SCA from assessing the interior of QV B. They do record, however, that the area immediately adjacent to the entrance is severely eroded and the shaft has been partially filled with debris. Erosion of the surrounding slope is the primary mechanism of decay. Water infiltration has also contributed to deterioration since the tombs were carved into a friable shale.
CNRS mission report: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). Rapport des activités scientifiques et administratives 1992-1994. URA no. 1064. Recherches sur les nécropoles thébaines et le Ramésseum; Publication des temples de la Nubie, 1992-1994.
CNRS mission report: Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France). Rapport des activités scientifiques et administratives: perspectives 1991-1992 URA no. 1064, 1991-1992.
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