Skip to comments.Isisnofret [search for an unknown tomb in the Valley of the Kings]
Posted on 03/05/2009 6:40:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Weeks relates that in 1902 Howard Carter found an ostracon in debris somewhere near the entrance to KV5 which mentions several tombs:
From tr(t)yt [Kate: willow tree] to the general in chief 30 cubits; (and to) the tomb of the Greatest of Seers, Meryatum, 25 cubits. From Tr(t)yt (and? to?) tomb of the oils to my Greatest of Seers, 40 cubits. Downstream on the northern path where the old tomb is, 30 cubits to the general-in-chief.And on the other side:
(From?) tomb of Isisnofret to the tomb of my Greatest of Seers, Meryatum, 200 cubits. From the end of the Water of the Sky to the tomb of Isisnofret 445 cubits.Following the translation, Weeks comments on possible interpretation. There's quite a bit I could say in comment on the first face, but for Isisnofret the second face is the important one. Weeks confidently identifies the tomb of Meryatum as KV5 (for details please refer to the book) and it seems reasonable to accept this. The diagram then represents the overlapping of circles: one of 200 cubits centred on KV and one of 445 cubits centred on the Water of the Sky, which Weeks suggests refers to one of the waterfalls where flood waters spilled over the cliffs into the Valley. The intersection of these circles identifies the probable location of these tombs - as shown in the diagram. For unspecified reasons, Weeks suggests that the black dots near KV16 and KV8 represent the most likely locations.
(Excerpt) Read more at kv64.info ...
Theban Mapping Project (Valley of the Kings etc)
Theban Mapping Project | 1980s to present | Kent Weeks et al
Posted on 01/13/2005 8:03:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
I may have to add this 'blogger to the standard list of sources.
· Discover · Nat Geographic · Texas AM Anthro News · Yahoo Anthro & Archaeo · Google ·
· The Archaeology Channel · Excerpt, or Link only? · cgk's list of ping lists ·
Interesting stuff. I hope they find another tomb in my lifetime.
I think there’s a good chance that a new cliff-face tomb (not just a pit “tomb” like KV63) will be found in the next year or two. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Note: this topic is from 3/05/2009. This is my last bump of the day, in honor of the 95th anniversary of the discovery of Tut's.
Thanks! Great articles.
“I think theres a good chance that a new cliff-face tomb (not just a pit tomb like KV63) will be found in the next year or two. Lets keep our fingers crossed.”
Did they find one?
I don’t recall there having been one in the Valley of the Kings, but there are always newly discovered tombs. The work that cleared KV-40, which had previously been filled with rubble and of no apparent interest to anyone (it had been known a long while) was finally excavated, and that took some time, 50 mummies or parts of mummies were found, news came in 2014.
Fifty. Wow. Were they in graves?
Nope, just a pile of mixed media debris.
The detritus of looting, I presume.
And probably from multiple tombs, KV40 may have been standing open for a very long time. The Valley of the Kings was a tourist attraction in Greek and Roman periods.
The older I get, the more there is to know.
There wasn’t nearly as much to know when I was a lad.
True, and if you’re like me, it was a looooong time ago.
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