About the Tomb
QV K is located at the mouth of the Valley of the Three Pits, in close proximity to tombs QV A through QV J. It consists of a rectangular shaft leading to a rough, undecorated burial chamber. 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. Although the TMP surveyed QV K, they could not map the tomb.
QV K was last excavated and cleared by the Franco-Egyptian Mission in 1989-90. Several objects were recovered, including wooden Sarcophagus fragments, leather sandals, uninscribed canopic fragments, and fragments of jewelry.
QV K 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.
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. A red powder was cemented to the tomb floor at the time of the Franco-Egyptian investigations, attesting to previous water infiltration. Erosion of the surrounding slope is the primary mechanism of 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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