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55's Lost Objects
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Was He Really
Cache Tomb of Amenhotep II
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Tomb of Maihirpre
Learn about Victor Loret's important
discovery of this intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
The Treasures of
Yuya and Tuyu
View the funerary equipment of Queen Tiye's mother and
father and read accounts of the tomb's discovery written by Theodore Davis and
About the Dockets
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Tale of the Cache Tombs
July, 1881. Deir el- Bahri,
For several years, Gaston
Maspero, head of the Service of Antiquities, knew that 21'st Dynasty funerary
papyri were available on the antiquities market, and that someone had discovered
a royal tomb somewhere in the vast Theban necropolis across the Nile from modern
Luxor. Suspicion fell on members of the Abd el-Rassul family from the village of
Qurna, but, when questioned, they would admit to nothing. By 1881, Maspero had
all but given up hope of locating the hidden tomb. But finally, after seeing his
brothers arrested and tortured, Mohammed el-Rassul confessed and led Emile
Brugsch, Maspero's assistant, to the site of the tomb in the cliff's of Dier
el-Bahri. When Brugsch climbed down the entrance shaft of the tomb that would
later be named DB 320, he made a discovery unlike any other in the history of
Egyptology. As his eyes adjusted to the candle-lit dimness
of the roughly hewn corridors, he found him self confronting the massed remains
of 50 different burials, among them the coffins and mummies of some of the
greatest rulers from ancient Egypt's glorious past. Stunned by the unprecedented
nature of his find, Brugsch had the tomb rapidly cleared of its valuable
contents and sent the mummies to Cairo for further study.
March 9'th, 1898. Biban el-Muluk, Egypt:
Seventeen years after the
incredible Deir el-Bahri discovery, French Egyptologist Victor Loret entered the
just-uncovered tomb of Amenhotep the 2'nd in the Valley of the Kings, and
soon discovered that the New Kingdom Pharaoh did not rest alone. He found
thirteen other mummies, most of them royal, interred in side chambers of the
18'th Dynasty ruler's tomb. These mummies were also eventually sent to Cairo for
How had the
of so many Egyptian monarchs
ended up in these two special tombs? And why were they removed from their own
sepulchers to begin with? Investigators soon discovered many clues, including
hieratic inscriptions (which they called "dockets,") on the coffins
and wrappings of the mummies. Like pieces from an ancient puzzle, the physical
evidence and inscriptions fit together into a strange tale of tomb robbers and
priest-king rulers who tried to keep one step ahead of them. It turned out that
Egypt's most illustrious rulers had not rested easy in their tombs, and had
embarked upon many secret journeys since their departure to the Underworld. In
an attempt to safeguard the bodies of their sacred dead (and also out of a
desire to prop up a failing economy by exploiting the riches that had been
buried with them) the Theban high-priest rulers of the late 20'th and 21'st
Dynasties entered the tombs concealed by the cliffs of the Valley of the
Kings, appropriated most of the the valuable funerary equipment for themselves,
and shift ed the mummies from tomb to tomb until they finally came to rest in DB
320 and the tomb of Amenhotep the 2'nd (KV 35.)
There they lay, hidden and undisturbed, for almost three thousand years until
modern searchers discovered their secret hiding places.
This website tells their amazing story.