|Structure: KV A
Location:, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
Other designations: WV A, WVA
Site type: Tomb
Description: KV A, located in the main wadi of the West Valley, is cut into the base of the cliff at the head of a water course 60 meters (197 feet) south of the entrance to KV 22. An entryway of rough steps (A) descends to a gate (B) that still retained much of its rubble blocking. The single chamber B inside the gate was partly filled with limestone chips and dirt. Numerous fragments of broken pottery vessels, some with blue painted decoration, were found in the debris. Jar sealings and dockets name Amenhetep III and give dates in his regnal years 32 and 37. Other artifacts are associated with tomb decoration, including limestone ostraca with sketches, ceramic fragments used for holding pigments, lumps of plaster, and rope.
Noteworthy features: The original blocking of gate B was found almost intact.
Axis in degrees: 222.72
Axis orientation: Southwest
Latitude: 25.44 N
Longitude: 32.36 E
Elevation: 178.01 msl
JOG map reference: NG 36-10
Modern governorate: Qena (Qina)
Ancient nome: 4th Upper Egypt
Surveyed by TMP: Yes
Maximum height: 2.42 m
Mininum width: 1.71 m
Maximum width: 4.86 m
Total length: 9.64 m
Total area: 28.53 m²
Total volume: 42.14 m³
Entrance location: Base of sheer cliff
Owner type: Unknown, probably non-royal
Entrance type: Staircase
Interior layout: Chamber
Axis type: Straight
Scarabs and seals
It is not known whether this tomb's construction was contemporary with that of KV 22 (Amenhetep III) or if it predates it. From the nature of the artifacts found in the debris, it appears to have been first used to store equipment during the construction of KV 22. Subsequently vessels belonging to Amenhetep III's burial equipment were stored here. Other artifacts belonging to the king's burial, such as part of a leather quiver, are thought to have come from debris removed from KV 22. There was no evidence from the artifacts of a burial there.
This site was used during the following period(s):
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Amenhetep III (or earlier)
Hay, Robert (1825-1835): Visit
Lepsius, Carl Richard (1844-1845): Excavation
Ayrton, Edward Russell (1905): Excavation
Chassinat, Emile (1905-1906): Excavation
Burton, Harry (1912): Excavation
Jones, Ernest Harold (1912): Excavation
Waseda University (1993-1994): Excavation
Conservation history: The remaining ancient blocking of the gate has been supplemented, following the clearance of the tomb, with additional rubble blocking.
Site condition: Much of the original blocking of the tomb remains.
Printable Tomb Drawings
Launch this site in the KV Atlas