|Structure: KV 27
Location: Valley of the Kings, East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
Site type: Tomb
Description: This undecorated tomb of unknown, non-royal ownership is located on the east side of the same hill in which KV 5 and KV 6 are cut, near the head of the southeast branch off the main wadi. KV 28 lies only a few meters to the northeast and KV 21 to the southwest. Belzoni and Wilkinson may have known of the tomb, although it was not shown on their maps. Lefébure described it briefly, but no documented clearance took place until Ryan cleared debris resulting from at least seven flood events.
The rectangular entryway shaft A opens directly into a rectangular chamber (B) with an axis perpendicular to the shaft. Three side chambers open off this chamber with one on the south (Ba) and two on the west (Bb, Bc).
Noteworthy features: The unusual design of the tomb with its multiple side chambers is similar to KV 5 (but on a smaller scale), and also to KV 12 and KV 30.
Axis in degrees: 262.4
Axis orientation: West
Latitude: 25.44 N
Longitude: 32.36 E
Elevation: 178.765 msl
JOG map reference: NG 36-10
Modern governorate: Qena (Qina)
Ancient nome: 4th Upper Egypt
Maximum height: 2.89 m
Mininum width: 0.89 m
Maximum width: 7.65 m
Total length: 20.78 m
Total area: 91.87 m²
Total volume: 178.5 m³
Entrance location: Hillside
Owner type: Unknown, probably non-royal
Entrance type: Shaft
Interior layout: Chambers
Axis type: Bent
The lack of decoration or texts, as well as the absence of securely datable artifacts, make dating of the tomb difficult. Its location in a branch wadi near KV 20 and KV 43 may indicate association with either of these tombs. Clearance in side chamber Bc yielded ceramic remains datable to the reigns of Thutmes IV or Amenhetep III.
This site was used during the following period(s):
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 (dated by proximity to KV 20 and KV 43, as well as by architectural typology)
Wilkinson, John Gardner (1825-1828): Mapping/planning
Ryan, Donald P. (1990): Excavation
Conservation history: Rubble walls plastered with cement were recently constructed around the entry shaft to divert flood water.
Site condition: The tomb has been partially excavated by Donald Ryan of Pacific Lutheran University. The tomb has suffered from flood damage and until recently was used as a shelter.
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