Tomb Numbering Systems in the Valley

The present numbering system for the sixty-two tombs in the Valley of the Kings was first established by John Gardiner Wilkinson in 1827 as part of his preparation of a map of Thebes. Wilkinson painted the numbers 1 through 21 at the entrances of the tombs that were then visible [10516, 10361]. The numbers were assigned geographically, from the entrance to the Valley southward. Since Wilkinson's day, tomb numbers have been assigned in chronological order of discovery, KV 62 (Tutankhamen) being the most recent. Wilkinson's is not the only system of tomb designation that has been used in the Valley. Several explorers assigned numbers, letters or descriptive labels to the tombs, as the accompanying chart indicates, but Wilkinson's is the only system still in use.     10516 10361
Designations by Richard Pococke
Current   Pococke
KV 1A
KV 2B (plan A)
KV 3O (plan N)
KV 6N?
KV 7C
KV 8D (plan B)
KV 9E (plan C)
KV 10L (plan L)
KV 11K (plan K)
KV 12F
KV 13G?
KV 14H (plan G)
KV 15I (plan H)
KV 18M (plan M)
   
Designations from the "Description"
Current   Description
KV 1Ier Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 2IIe Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 3Ier Tombeau à l'est
KV 4IIe Tombeau à l'est
KV 5Commencement d'excavation ou grotte bouchée
KV 6IIIe Tombeau a l'est
KV 7Commencement d'excavation ou grotte fermée
KV 8IIIe Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 9IVe Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 10Ive Tombeau à l'est
KV 11Ve Tombeau à l'est
KV 13Commencement d'excavation ou grotte fermée
KV 14Ve Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 15VIe Tombeau à l'ouest
KV 18Excavation commencée
KV 20Commencement de grotte taillée circulairement dans le rocher
KV 22Tombeau isolé de l'ouest
   
Designations from Champollion
Current   Champollion
KV 17
KV 213
KV 35
KV 612
KV 78
KV 111
KV 149
KV 1510
KV 162
KV 173
KV 184
KV 1911
   
Designations by James Burton
Current   Burton
KV 1O
KV 2N
KV 3P
KV 4Q
KV 5M
KV 6L
KV 7K
KV 8I
KV 9H
KV 10G
KV 11F
KV 12E
KV 13D
KV 14C
KV 15B
KV 16X
KV 17W
KV 18U, V
KV 19S
KV 20R
KV 22a
KV 23b
   
Designations by Richard Lepsius
Current       
Lepsius
KV 11
KV 22
KV 33
KV 44
KV 55
KV 66
KV 77
KV 88
KV 99
KV 1010
KV 1111
KV 1212
KV 1414
KV 1515
KV 1616
KV 1717
KV 1818
KV 1919
KV 2020
KV 2222
KV 2323
   
Designations by Belzoni
Current       
Belzoni
KV 163
KV 176
KV 195
KV 214
KV 231
KV 252
KV 307
KV 317
   
Designations by Hay
Current       
Hay
KV 11
KV 22
KV 33
KV 44
KV 58
KV 69
KV 710
KV 814
KV 915
KV 1016
KV 1117
KV 1218
KV 1319
KV 1420
KV 1521
KV 1611
KV 1712
KV 1813
KV 196
KV 207
KV 2622
KV 3023
KV 3124
   
Other names
Current       
Other
KV 9Tomb of Memnon, La Tombe de la Métempsychose
KV 11Bruce's Tomb, The Harper's Tomb
KV 14S
KV 15T
KV 17Belzoni's tomb, the tomb of Apis, the tomb of Psammis, son of Necho (Thomas Young)
KV 22WV 22, W. 1
KV 23WV 23, W. 2, "Schai"
KV 24WV 24
KV 25WV 25
KV 30Lord Belmore's tomb
KV 50Animal Tomb
KV 51Animal Tomb
KV 52Animal Tomb
KV 56Gold Tomb
KV 58Chariot Tomb
KV AWV A
   

Published or last modified on: August 23, 2002
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