KV 63 is the first new
tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings
since Tutankhamun’s in 1922. I worked
there on site in 2006 and 2009, drawing the
Under remains of workmen's huts, down a 20-foot
shaft, in a rock cut chamber, six wooden coffins
were found, along with two gilded coffinettes
and 28 large sealed ceramic storage jars. The
objects were jumbled together, making things
visible only from one or two angles. Extensive
termite damage made the coffins extremely fragile.
Drawing some of the coffins before excavation,
some after, I used proportional tools, taking
many measurements and photos.
Although the exact date of KV 63 has yet to
be determined, the style of the ancient artisans
is a valuable resource, dating the finds to
the late 18th Dynasty - roughly 3500 years ago.
Seal impressions suggest that the tomb might
even be contemporary with Tutankhamun's reign
or shortly thereafter.
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