Valley of the Kings - KV35
tomb of Amenhotep II - XVIIIth Dynasty

The tomb discovered 9 March1898 by Victor Loret. The sequence of corridors, stairways and chambers is essentially the same as KV34, a room is added at the base of the well shaft; a corridor now separates the stair from the first pillared hall and the new, rectangular burial chamber with six pillars and a lower part usually referred to as the crypt, because of the siting  here of the royal sarcophagus. The walls in burial chamber decorated with frieze and scenes from the Amduat; pillars with king before Osiris, Anubis and Hathor, gold stars on blue ceiling.
 

The burial chamber with a sarcophagus.

 

 

A - entrance steps
B - 1st descending corridor
C - shaft with the steps
D - 2nd descending corridor
E - well shaft
(undecorated)
Ea - side chamber on the bottom of shaft
(undecorated)
F - 2-pillared hall (antechamber)
(undecorated)
G - descending corridor
J - 6-pillared burial chamber
(walls decorated with scenes from Amduat, pillars with king before Osiris, Anubis and Hathor, gold stars on blue ceiling)
Ja-Jd - four side chambers

The yellow quartzite sarcophagus of Amenhotep II.

The crypt with sarcophagus.

In the first of the side rooms located to the right of the burial chamber (Jc), Loret encountered three stripped corpses without coffins. The second side chamber, (Jb) - partially blocked with stones which had originally been employed in Year 13, probably of Smendes, to close off the entrance to the burial chamber - held a further nine bodies, the greatest pharaos of XVIII & XIX Dynasties.

 

  • mummy of Setnakht  in a wooden boat in the antechamber (F).

  • 61069 - mummy of Queen Tiji, called 'Elder Lady' untill recently. Length of mummy  -  145,5 cm. Found in northern side chamber (Jc).

  • 61071 - mummy  of unknown young boy, age 9-11 years. Probably prince Websenu - son of Amenhotep II, or prince Tuthmosis - the eldest son of Amenhotep III, brother of  Akhenaten. Length of mummy - 124,2 cm. Found in northern side chamber (Jc).

  • 61072 - Younger Lady - mummy  of unknown name young, 25-35 years woman. Daughter of Amenhotep III and Queen Tiji, sister of Akhenaten and mother of Tutankhamun. Length of mummy - 158,0 cm. Found in northern side chamber (Jc).

  •  61070 - mummy of Amenhotep II and sarcophagus. Length of mummy - 167,3 cm. Found in burial chamber (J).

  •  61073 - mummy of Tuthmosis IV . He had originally been buried in KV43. Length of mummy - 171,0 cm. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61074 - mummy of Amenhotep III in a coffin inscribed for Ramesses III, covered with a lid inscribed for Seti II. Length of mummy - 156,1 cm. The mummification techniques are not those used in the mid 18th dynasty, but rather are more similar to those used in the 21th dynasty. Dockets on the shroud do identify the mummy as being Amenhotep III however. Amenhotep had originally been buried in WV22. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61081 - mummy of Seti II. Length of mummy - 164,0 cm. He may have originally been buried in either KV14 or KV15. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61079 - mummy of Merenptah in the lower part of a coffin inscribed for Sethnakht. Merenptah was a corpulent old man in poor health at the time of his death. Merenptah had originally been buried in KV8. Length of mummy - 171,4 cm. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61080 - mummy of Siptah. This king had a clubbed left foot, and the suggested cause varies from polio to cerebral palsy. Siptah died at a young age, and was originally buried in KV47. Length of mummy - 163,8 cm. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  •  61084 - mummy of Ramesses IV. He was approximately 50 years old when he died. Length of mummy -  160,4 cm. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  •  61085 - mummy of Ramesses V.  Length of mummy - 172,6 cm. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61086 - mummy of Ramesses VI. Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • 61082 - mummy of unknown woman D in upturned lid of a coffin inscribed for Setnakht ( maybe queen Tawseret ). Found in western side chamber (Jb).

  • two skulls, probably owners: prince Webseni, son of Amenhotep II or queen Hatszepsut-Merytre, mother of Amenhotep II.

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