KV 32 (Tia'a)



General Site Information
Structure: KV 32
Location: Valley of the Kings, East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
Owner: Tia'a
Other designations:
Site type: Tomb


KV 32 is located in the south branch of the southwest wadi. This unfinished and roughly cut tomb consists of an entryway (A), two sloping corridors (B and D) with a stairwell (C) between that leads to an unfinished burial chamber (J) with a broken pillar in the center and a side chamber (Ja) to the south. Rubble is scattered on the floor throughout the tomb, and the rear chamber is partly filled with flood debris. Its general plan resembles KV 21.

Noteworthy features

This tomb features a central pillar in burial chamber J. It is an example of a tomb accidentally broken into during the construction of another tomb (KV 47).

Site History
KV 32 was never finished, and was not decorated. It has been excavated by the MISR Project: Mission Siptah-Ramses X of the University of Basel. The mission recently discovered a canopic chest of Queen Tia'a, wife of Amenhetep II and mother of Thutmes IV, thus allowing the tomb owner to be identified.

This site was used during the following period(s):

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Amenhetep II

History of Exploration
Loret, Victor (1898): Discovery (made for the Service des Antiquités)
Loret, Victor (1898): Excavation (conducted for the Service des Antiquités)
MISR Project: Mission Siptah-Ramses X (2000-2001): Excavation

 -  Conservation history: The Supreme Council of Antiquities has recently built a concrete shelter around the entryway of the tomb.
 -  Site condition: The tomb has not been fully cleared. It is currently under excavation by the MISR Project: Mission Siptah-Ramses X of the University of Basel.















Printable Tomb Drawings


Axis in degrees: 263.51
Axis orientation: West

Site Location
Latitude: 25.44 N
Longitude: 32.36 E
Elevation: 191.99 msl
North: 99,360.450
East: 94,084.674
JOG map reference: NG 36-10
Modern governorate: Qena (Qina)
Ancient nome: 4th Upper Egypt
Surveyed by TMP: Yes

Maximum height: 6.11 m
Minimum width: 1.03 m
Maximum width: 6.17 m
Total length: 39.67 m
Total area: 106.3 m²
Total volume: 312.42 m³

Additional Tomb Information
Entrance location: Base of sheer cliff
Owner type: Queen
Entrance type: Staircase
Interior layout: Corridors and chambers
Axis type: Straight

Categories of Objects Recovered
Architectural elements
Tomb equipment