KV 56 (Unknown)
General Site Information
Structure: KV 56
Location: Valley of the Kings, East Valley, Thebes West Bank, Thebes
Other designations: Gold Tomb
Site type: Tomb
KV 56 is located in the main wadi. It
consists of a deep shaft entryway (A) leading to a large,
undecorated and unfinished chamber (B). It contained objects bearing
the names of Rameses II, Sety II, as well as Tausert.
A large amount of gold jewellery was
discovered in the tomb.
The identity of the original owner of this tomb is unknown, if
indeed KV 56 is a tomb at all. Since most of the objects found
inside bear the names of Tausert and Sety II (as well as Rameses
II), Maspero believed that all the materials found in KV 56 were
taken from KV 14, the tomb of Tausert, which was usurped by Setnakht.
Aldred, on the other hand, argued that KV 56 was not a cache, but
rather an essentially intact burial of a child of Sety II and
Tausert. He based his theory on the fact that near the left (west)
wall of chamber B were remains of stucco, gold leaves and inlays,
which could be from a coffin.
This site was used during the following period(s):
New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, Tausert
Ayrton, Edward Russell (1908): Discovery (made for Theodore M.
Ayrton, Edward Russell (1908): Excavation (conducted for Theodore M.
Amarna Royal Tombs Project (1999-2002): Excavation
- Site condition: The tomb has been
recently re-excavated by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project.
Printable Tomb Drawings
Axis in degrees: 347.48
Axis orientation: North
Latitude: 25.44 N
Longitude: 32.36 E
Elevation: 175.39 msl
JOG map reference: NG 36-10
Modern governorate: Qena (Qina)
Ancient nome: 4th Upper Egypt
Surveyed by TMP: Yes
Maximum height: 3.13 m
Minimum width: 1.39 m
Maximum width: 7.59 m
Total length: 7.34 m
Total area: 39.25 m²
Total volume: 109.67 m³
Additional Tomb Information
Entrance location: Base of sloping hill
Owner type: Unknown, possibly royal
Entrance type: Shaft
Interior layout: Chamber
Axis type: Straight
Categories of Objects Recovered
Tomb equipment (Gold leaf and stucco probably of coffin)