Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The group from Luxury Travel who were in the Valley of the Kings on 10th January 2009 report seeing discovery of a rock painted with an Eye of Horus. I've shown a clip from their photo (left) - the original is here. They also have another photo showing the pottery (right) which has been discovered.
This is an important discovery as painted scenes probably come from inside tombs. Unfortunately we can't be certain that it has come from a tomb during the current excavations as it could have been lying around in debris from a damaged tomb. That does, however, seen improbable as robbers would be unlikely to cut out an image and if a tomb is water-damaged, then usually floods take debris deeper inside. So this is probably a find from inside a new tomb. If it is though, it suggests that the tomb has been damaged.
The other possibility is that this was from a workers' hut or an exterior chapel. While that may seem less exciting than a new tomb, archaeologically it would still be a significant discovery.


Anonymous said...

I have received a photo from a friend which appears to show this fragment being photographed while still in the ground.

Kate Phizackerley said...

I don't suppose he'd be willing to share that photo?

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Kate Phizackerley said...

What you can see on the block is not really an "Horus'eye", bur hieroglyph writting;
on left side :a part of circle for "RA", and its determinative /
in middle part : the lower part of a reed for "king" (n(y)-sw) /
on right side : eye+ t+ small wave = to do by /
Not enough to give a complete interpretation, but ... there is a king !
Martial from Paris

(Comment moderated to remove Martial's email address so he doesn't get spammed)

Kate Phizackerley said...


I looked to see whether the image was a relief rather than surface paint (probably just surface but I'm not sure) and whether there was a cartouche - I can't make one out. But if this is a Pharaoh that's fantastic - just tantalising not knowing which one!

Thank you so much, that's really useful.


Anonymous said...

Fragments like these with remains of painted relief are not uncommon to be found in the rubble heaps of older excavations (who often have discarded material like this).
A lot of these may come from the tomb of Seti I.
On this fragment it can be read something like "XY (feminine) which has done the king YZ"


Kate Phizackerley said...

Does that mean they are re-digging an area which had been excavated before? I thought the central area was virgin stratigraphy which is why Nicholas Reeves has been pusing for excavations to be small to preserve it?

(Although I guess the rock could have come from the cliffside and the central area has probably overlapped now with areas that Carter dug?)


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