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Otto Schaden of the University of Memphis, Tennessee, who is excavating KV-63 in the

Valley of the Kings, has also updated his website.









KV-63 ~ Newly Discovered Tomb



KV-63 is located in the Valley of the Kings approximately 14.5 meters from the south edge of KV-62, the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Dr. Zahi Hawass officially pronounced our newly discovered tomb, KV-63 on 10 February 2006. However, the initial shaft was discovered a few days before the end of our 2005 season.

KV-63 is the first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since 1922.



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Otto's Dig Diary


15 APRIL 2009
KV10/KV-63’s 2009 Season officially ended March 24th. As always…. time proved too short to accomplish all we had planned to get done, but in spite of that the season was quite fruitful.


The final weeks of the season were partially devoted to selecting and packing crates for shipment to the SCA magazine (storage building) near Howard Carter’s House. Five boxes of materials were delivered to the magazine on March 23rd.  On that same morning, the wooden bed was moved to the Mummification Museum for impending display. The following day, March 24th, KV-10 and KV-63 were locked and sealed, signaling the end of the season.  Afterwards, there was some last minute packing to attend to and the post-season report to prepare.  On the evening of March 28th, Archie Chubb and I left for Cairo. The next morning I met with Dr. Magdy el Ghandour, Director of Foreign Missions, to deliver copies of the season report + CD’s and late that morning met with Dr. Zahi Hawass. A few days later I was back home in cold and windy Chicago.


The study of the storage jars was completed during the earlier half of this season which added many extraordinary artifacts to our collection of materials.  Our tally of natron from the jars and coffins surpassed the 400+ kilo mark (over 1,000 lbs.).  The most interesting artifact was the wooden bed, broken into many fragments and stuffed into Jar #13.  In March, the SCA officials decided the bed should go to the Mummification Museum in Luxor.  It was crated and delivered to the museum on March 23rd.  The museum director, Mohammed Yakia Ewada has already put the bed on public display. Meanwhile, Roxanne Wilson has prepared a short Field Report with images on KV-63’s Wooden Bed Found in Jar#13 which is slated to appear in the next issue of KMT magazine. Later this summer, a more in-depth article by Roxanne on KV-63’s 2009 Season will appear in the June/July issue of Ancient Egypt magazine.


As mentioned in the last update, Coffin A’s fragments proved to be quite interesting. Though very fragmentary and fragile because of termite damage, some key texts could be recovered from under the resin coating….the title “Royal Nurse” ( mn’t nsw ) and  the name ‘Iny’.  The longest translatable connected text was on the top cross band, left side: ‘Revered, (may) I see Re in the sky and drink water from the pool [ … ].’   Conspicuous by its absence, the deceased is never identified as ‘Osiris’ and the usual deities are not cited.  The one example (quoted above) where we have the usual “revered” there is no qualification such as ‘revered by Anubis’ etc. This lack of the traditional deities strongly suggests that this coffin was probably fashioned during the reign of Akhenaton when many of the traditional deities were abandoned.


The rather high station held by the Royal Nurse Iny is reflected by some of the details of the coffin’s decoration.  Some signs are inlaid, but most of the inlays are now gone.  Some glass is used on the face mask and some border columns (a few still in situ ) have thin (1 mm) blue glass rod inlays.  Finally, some surviving gold leaf further attests to the once opulent condition of this coffin.


Lest we are fortunate to find some other evidence (in 2010) of this Royal Nurse, Iny, we can only speculate as to the specific nature of her position and duties.  As a royal nurse, there are many potential candidates among the Amarna family and their inner circle of confidants. How it came about that her coffin was eventually used as a refuse bin in KV-63 would make a fascinating story.


The general dating of the tomb previously reported still remains valid.  Tomb KV-63 was most likely hewn during the time of Amenophis III.  There is no evidence of a burial but the embalming materials were introduced during several intrusions late in Dynasty XVIII.  This occurred during or very close to the time of Tutankhamun.  Each coffin will be ‘dated’ independently based on style, decoration, texts, i.e. Coffin E is very similar to some coffins from the Amenophis III era, whereas Coffin A shows signs which suggest the Akhenaton era.  More details will be forthcoming on the remaining coffins.


Like many others, Dr. Zahi Hawass asked when we would return to Luxor. It may still be too premature to say for certain, but I anticipate in early 2010.  For now, there are many reports, notebooks, accounts, lectures, and fundraising to do. In addition, to preparing two articles; one for ASAE 28 (2009) and one for the Fall issue of KMT. 


For the immediate future….the third KV-63 special, Egypt’s Mystery Chamber, is due to air on 26 April on the Discovery’s Science Channel (by Atlantic Productions). The broadcast will focus on the coffin texts, the wooden bed and the opening of some of the storage jars from this season.


Again, thank you for your support and charitable donations ….for even the smallest contribution helps to keep our mission operating each year.



More images and details of the KV-63 Coffins will be coming soon........


Salama.

Mudir Otto Schaden

5 APRIL 2009

~ Lecture Announcement ~

Sunday, 26 April 2009
at 3:30 P.M.



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