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Valley of the Kings ( Western Thebes )

Two branches of desert valleys crossing an escarpment in western Thebes are named the Valley of the Kings. A western branch of the Valley of the Kings, presently called the Valley of the Apes (in Arabian: Wadi el-Gurud, Biban el-Gurud) became a burial site for Amenhotep III and Ai II – rulers of the 18th Dynasty. Their tombs were hewn in a bed-rock. Eastern part of the valley, from Arabian - Biban el-Muluk (Gates of Kings), was used as a burial site for kings of Dynasties XVIII, XIX, XX as well as for other royal family members. There are 64 numbered tombs in the East and West Valleys, plus another 20 unfinished pits and shafts designated A-T. The first 21 tombs numbers were assigned by John Gardner Wilkinson in 1827. His system numbered tombs from the entrance of KV southward, then from west to east. Since then, tomb numbers 22 to 62 been assigned in the approximate order of discovery.



KV1  - Ramesses VII (XX Dynasty)
KV2  - Ramesses IV  (XX Dynasty)
KV3  -
Ramesses III (unfinished tomb intended for one of his sons, XX Dynasty)
KV4  - Ramesses XI (XX Dynasty)
KV5  - tomb of Ramesses II' sons (XIX Dynasty)
KV6  - Ramesses IX (XX Dynasty)
KV7  - Ramesses II (XIX Dynasty)
KV8  - Merenptah (XIX Dynasty)
KV9  - Ramesses V & VI (Greek travelers called "tomb of Memnon")
KV10 - Amenemose
KV11 - Ramesses III (originally Setnakht) 
KV12 - unknown of royal family tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV13 - Bay (chancellor of Siptah, decline of XIX Dynasty)
KV14 - Tawosret and, maybe, Seti II (tomb taken over by Sethnakht)
KV15 - Seti II
KV16 - Ramesses I
KV17 - Seti I
KV18 - Ramesses X
KV19 - Montuherkhopshef (son of Ramesses IX)
KV20 - Tuthmosis I & Hatshepsut (the first tomb in Valley of the Kings)
KV21 - "Tomb of Two Queens" (XVIII Dynasty)
WV22 - Amenhotep III (Western Valley)
WV23 - Ai II (Western Valley)
WV24 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
WV25 - unknown tomb, possibly tomb of Akhenaten (XVIII Dynasty)
KV26...KV31 - unknown tombs (XVIII Dynasty)
KV32 - tomb of Tiaa, mother of Totmes IV
KV33 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
Tuthmosis III (XVIII Dynasty)
KV35 - Amenhotep II (place of located many royal mummies, XVIII Dynasty)
KV36 - Maiherperi (XVIII Dynasty, official of
Tuthmosis IV)
KV37 - unknown tomb from XVIII Dynasty, probably used by robbers as a storeroom
KV38 -
Tuthmosis I (XVIII Dynasty, relocated from tomb KV20 by Tuthmosis III )
KV39 - possibly tomb of Amenhotep I (XVIII Dynasty)
KV40...KV41 - unknown tombs(XVIII Dynasty)
KV42 - possibly tomb of Sennefer, director of Thebes undrer
Tuthmosis II or Hatshepsut-Meritre, wife of  Tuthmosis III
(XVIII Dynasty)
KV43 - Tuthmosis IV (XVIII Dynasty)
KV44 - unknown tomb from XVIII Dynasty, probably brother of Queen Tiji, Aanen, re-used during XXII Dynasty for Tentkare
KV45 - Userhet (XVIII Dynasty)
KV46 - Yuya and  Tjuyu (parents of queen Tiji, XVIII Dynasty)
KV47Siptah (XIX Dynasty)
KV48 - vizier Amenemopet (XVIII Dynasty)
KV49 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV50...KV52 -  animal tombs (XVIII Dynasty)
KV53 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV54 - Tutankhamun cache (XVIII Dynasty) containing embalming material and elements of a funerary meal
KV55 - amarna cache -  Tiji (?), Smenkhkare (?), Akhenaten (?)
KV56 - "Gold Tomb" probably for daughter of Seti II contained splendid jewellery bearing names of Ramesses II, Seti II and Tawoseret
KV57 - Horemheb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV58 - nunknown burial shaft (annex Tutankhamun's tomb) contained gold foil bearing the names of Tutankhamun and Ai
KV59 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV60 - Sitre (called In), wet nurse of Queen Hatshepsut (XVIII Dynasty)
KV61 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty)
KV62 - Tutankhamun (originally tomb of Ai II, XVIII Dynasty)
KV63 - unknown tomb (XVIII Dynasty), probably cache for unused funeral stuff.
KV64 - dicscovered by the University of Basel team in January of 2011, Nehemes-Bastet tomb, father of Karnak priest (XVIII Dynasty), usurped in time of XXII Dynasty

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