NEWS: A great discovery in the Western Wadis (Luxor)

In October, 2022, the New Kingdom Research Foundation mission, which is affiliated to the MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University, in joint-venture with the Ministry of Antiquities/Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, discovered, in an unexpected location in the Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud (Western Wadis, Luxor) a previously unknown and large royal tomb apparently containing multiple burials. Based on the finds and inscriptions, it seems that it was constructed during the joint-reign of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut and its architecture indicates that it was altered several times shortly after it was first constructed.

The tomb seems not to have been entered since the Third Intermediate Period but several flooding has completely filled the main axis of the tomb with concrete-hard debris and has caused the ceilings of the tomb to weaken and collapse.

Surviving decoration and the size of the few chambers currently accessible point to a royal burial of some importance, most likely, given the location (just below the tomb attributed to Neferure, princess of the 18th dynasty, daughter of Hatshepsut), the tomb of a great royal wife and several children of a Thutmosid king. Work in this tomb is of a difficulty comparable to that in KV5 in the Valley of the Kings and it will take several seasons to clear the chambers and make the tomb safe.

(Expedition’s own announcement)

Photos: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار