Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, February 24, 2009


A reader has emailed me to ask whether I thought this is a robber tunnel...

Looking at the second photo your posting of "Photos Clearly Showing the Location of Excavations" on 2/23/2009, By blowing up the photo, I noticed something. If you look at the tented area above KV63, with the two men working in it, there seems to be a hole in the cliffside to the left. Could this be a "Robbers Tunnel"? If so, I'd like to know where it leads or is that an indication that an undiscovered tomb is near by? Only something to think about.

7 comments:

Geoff Carter said...

Good spot, it is about the right size, same as those under the huts; but what is it cut into, - is that a natural cliff or is there a larger backfilled rectangular cut [c.1x2m], with the hole at the top.

mary.crowther3@googlemail.com said...

hello, love the photo, i guess it could be a robbers tunnel, what does it look like inside? best wishes to all mary.

Chris said...

The pit left forward of the square tent/awning, with the ladder sticking out of it, is I believe KV-63. I can't help but wonder if something that Otto's team discovered could have prompted the SCA, at least partly, to initiate their dig.

As for the tunnel, it sure looks like a robber tunnel when compared to other pictures of robber tunnels that I've seen in the past. It's crude and just big enough for a man to crawl through.

Dennis said...

If it is a robbers tunnel then it was headed for an unmapped tomb. There are no tunnels entering KV-16 showing on TMP maps. The tomb entrance would be just under the guy leaning on the shovel in photo 1 and 2. Perhaps that is why the expansion of the central dig was started. Seems like someone in the last 200 years of searching would have found a robber tunnel this obvious before. Guess my vote would be for a second small cave based on the probability of this opening being explored in the past.

Dennis said...

I scanned through the old photos on TMP's website and found within their atlas an image #19605 which can be moved to show the area of this 'robbers tunnel' The (probably 1990s vintage photo) can be rotated and zoomed to reveal a dark spot where this 'tunnel' should be. It is difficult to be sure of the ground levels as much has changed but I am still voting for a small cave. also see photo http://www.thebanmappingproject.com/database/image.asp?ID=15317.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, his is only a natural hole that looks bigger than it really is by the strong sunlight casting a shadow. H. Poirot

Anonymous said...

The last commentor does not understand the properties of otpics. If you look at the area of the "tunnel", you'll notice that there is no direct sunlight on the "Tunnel". That being the case, the size of the "Tunnel" would not be overly distorted. There are a few other posted pictures of that area and the "Tunnel" has not deminished in size. It always appears to be big enough to be a "Robbers Tunnel". That's it.

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