Following on from the previous post, the same reader carried on with a further interesting line of thought, drawing on two books (one of which I think I may have - but can't find):
- “The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, The Tomb, The Royal Treasure – By Nicholas Reeves” published in 1990
- ”the Discovery of The Tomb of Tutankhamen – By Howard Carter & A. C. Mace” published 1977.
This is what what the reader had to say
There is an interesting photo of the same area [Kate: ie the central excavation] taken in 1921, showing the excavation in front of the entrance of Ramesses VI (KV9). The photo in the first book is on page #51 and on page #87 in the latter. The photo shows excavation pits on either side of the entrance to KV9. But in these photos, they show that Howard stopped digging over the location of the “KV64-Feature 5 of Nicholas Reeves” radar hit. It is also interesting that in Howard’s book, page 82 -87, he describes the 1921 dig clearing in front of KV9 by saying that, “In the course of the season’s work we cleared a considerable part of the upper layers of this area, and advanced our excavations right up to the foot of the tomb of Rameses VI. Here we came on a series of workmen’s hut built over masses of boulders, the latter usually indicating the the Valley the near proximity of a tomb. Our natural impulse was to enlarge our clearing in the direction (going north), but by doing this we should have cut off all access to the tomb of Rameses above, to visitors one of the most popular tombs in the whole Valley. We determined to await a more convenient opportunity.” On the following pages, Howard waits for the start of the next year’s digging season. This time however, he starts his digging from the north to south and finds Tutankhamun’s tomb. Thus, by starting in the north to south direction , on the opposite side of the entrance to KV9, and not pick
up going south to north from the previous season, he may have left KV64 to be
discovered in our day. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
I confess that when I first heard Nicholas Reeves say that Feature 5 was a unopened tomb and announced it as KV64, I felt he was being a bit previous. With the help of these comments, and reading the recent posts by Nicholas on his website, I am increasingly confident that he has called it correctly. As the remarks above make clear, Howart Carter found KV62 before he could excavate above ARTP Feature 5. I am also now pretty sure that the radar image does indeed show a chamber and that by the middle of January the central area excavation hadn't yet investigated the area above the feature. However, if this was more than a shaft tomb, we cannot be sure where the entrance may lie.
It is now well understood that piles of boulders can be evidence of a tomb in the vicinity, and that tombs can be obscured by huts sited above them. The huts in the central area excavation suggest it is a ripe area for a tomb; however, they are very close to KV63 and it may be that Otto Schaden has already found the tomb they may be associated with.