Entryway ASee entire tomb
A poorly-cut vertical shaft that provides access to the tomb. The shaft narrows towards the bottom and contains a ledge on the northwestern side. The rock into which the shaft is cut is of poor quality.
Burial chamber BSee entire tomb
A roughly cut undecorated burial chamber that lies on axis with the tomb's entrance. The rock into which the tomb is cut is of poor quality and is very friable.
Relationship to main tomb axis:Parallel
Chamber layout:Flat floor, no pillars
About the Tomb
QV I 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 poorly-cut shaft (A) leading to a rough, undecorated burial chamber (B). The owner of the tomb is unknown.
The tomb was explored by Georges Daressy (1895), who found that it had already been looted. Elizabeth Thomas surveyed the tomb in 1959-1960, followed by the Theban Mapping Project (TMP) in 1981.
QV I was last excavated and cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1989-90. An amphora of a Third Intermediate Period date was recovered during the excavation, suggesting that the tomb had been reused.
QV I 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. 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.
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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