Entryway ASee entire tomb
A very wide shaft provides access to the tomb. It is cut into poorly quality rock and has eroded considerably.
Burial chamber BSee entire tomb
A rough, undecorated burial chamber that lies on axis with the tomb's entrance. On the southeastern side of the chamber is a ledge constructed of rough stones. The TMP was not able to survey the lower part of the northwestern side of the chamber as it was filled with rubble.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
QV D 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 wide rectangular shaft (A) leading to a rough, undecorated burial chamber (B). The name of the owner is unknown.
The tomb was explored by Georges Daressy (1895), who found that it had already been looted. Elizabeth Thomas surveyed the tomb in 1959-60, followed by the TMP in 1981.
QV D was last excavated and cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1989-90. Several objects were found, including a collection of braided hair extensions prepared with beeswax (4cm in length), and fragments of Third Intermediate Period coffins that suggest that the tomb was reused.
QV D belongs to a group of 18th Dynasty tombs in the Valley of the Three Pits that were all constructed under the reign of Thutmes III and belonged to elite officials and members of the royal court.
The tomb was constructed in the 18th Dynasty and reused during the Third Intermediate Period.
This site was used during the following period(s):
Concerns about structural stability prevented the GCI-SCA from assessing the interior of the tomb. The area immediately adjacent to the entrance is severely eroded and the shaft has been partially filled with debris. The erosion has created deep runnels that have isolated large blocks of shale, making them more prone to collapse. Water infiltration has also contributed to deterioration since the tomb was carved into a friable shale. The GCI-SCA has recommended that QV D be reburied to prevent further erosion and decay.
Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley of the Queens and the Western Wadis
Geography and Geology of the Valley of the Queens and Western Wadis
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