Tombs

Tuesday Tomb – KU16

Tuesday Tomb – KU16

 This week we are looking at another tomb at el-Kurru, Sudan – KU16. KU16 is the tomb of the Nubian pharaoh, Tanwetamani. Tanwetamani was the son of Queen Qalhata and the pharaoh Shabaka. He was also the nephew of the pharaoh Taharqo. He ruled Egypt during the Twenty-fifth Dynasty. After the Assyrians appointed Nekau I as […]

Tuesday Tomb – KU5

Tuesday Tomb – KU5

This week we are heading to Sudan to the tomb of Queen Qalhata.  Qalhata was the queen of Shabaka and the daughter of Piye, the first pharaoh of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (also known as the Kushite Dynasty). She was also the mother of the pharaoh Tanwetamani. All of the Nubian kings (with the exception of […]

Tuesday Tomb – KV46

Tuesday Tomb – KV46

 This week we are paying a visit to KV46, the tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu who were the parents of Amenhotep III’s principal wife, Queen Tiye. KV46 is a very rare example of a non-royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Although the tomb does not boast beautiful wall decorations, the treasures it held […]

Tuesday Tomb – KV23

Tuesday Tomb – KV23

  KV23 is the Theban tomb of Ay, the penultimate pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Ay rose to prominence under Akhenaten and was permitted to build himself a tomb at Amarna. By this stage, he had risen to the very high rank of ‘Overseer of all of the horses of his Majesty’. He rose again […]

Tuesday Tomb – KV2

Tuesday Tomb – KV2

  KV2 is the tomb of the Twentieth Dynasty pharaoh, Ramesses IV, situated in the Valley of the Kings. Although the tomb design was changed after the king’s death, an ancient papyrus plan of the original design on was found and now resides in the Turin Egyptian Museum. The tomb was visited many times in […]

Tuesday Tomb – Saqqara tomb of Maya and Meryt

Tuesday Tomb – Saqqara tomb of Maya and Meryt

  The Tuesday Tomb returns as a fortnightly feature with the tomb of Maya and Meryt. The Saqqara tomb was the first Egyptian tomb that I ever entered and it is one of my personal favourites. Maya was Overseer of the Treasury and Overseer of Works during the reign of Tutankhamun in the Eighteenth Dynasty. […]

Tuesday Tomb – KV1

Tuesday Tomb – KV1

KV1 is the tomb of the Twentieth Dynasty pharaoh, Ramesses VII. The tomb has been open and visited many times throughout antiquity, its walls bearing 135 individual examples of ancient Greek and Roman graffiti. The tomb has also been visited in more recent history, by the 18th century English anthropologist, Richard Pococke, and also by Napoleon’s men […]