Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Saturday, April 04, 2009

A couple of months ago I posted about the location of the tomb of Queen Isisnofret. You might want to re-read that post, but to recap the ostracon found by Howard Carter has been translated as:

From tr(t)yt [Kate: willow tree] to the general in chief 30 cubits; (and to) the tomb of the Greatest of Seers, Meryatum, 25 cubits. From Tr(t)yt (and? to?) tomb of the oils to my Greatest of Seers, 40 cubits. Downstream on the northern path where the old tomb is, 30 cubits to the general-in-chief.
And on the other side:

(From?) tomb of Isisnofret to the tomb of my Greatest of Seers, Meryatum, 200 cubits. From the end of the Water of the Sky to the tomb of Isisnofret 445 cubits.

I must spend some time looking at the front as the Ahram Weekly article suggests that the location of the willow tree has been identified, but for now it's worth considering the second carefully as the location of the water course by KV8 (Merenptah) suggests strongly that the Water of the Sky may be in the cliffs behind KV8.




I wish my Photoshop was good enough to add a new circle to Weeks' diagram but sadly it isn't. However, if the cliffs behind KV8 are the location of the Water of the Sky, my measurements seem to suggest a location around KV4. There are unidentified tombs in this area, such as KV21 which Kent Weeks on the Theban Mapping Project site identifies as a probable Queens' tomb (which has mummies of two queens still inside); however, Weeks also identifies these tombs as probably 18th Dynasty. They are also largely undecorated and, judging by the tomb Ramses II created for Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens, one would have expected an even more lavish tomb for Queen Isisnofret if she rated burial in the Valley of the Kings itself. It therefore seems unlikely that her tomb is one of the known but unidentified, undecorated tombs.

Interestingly, a location facing KV4 would locate Isisnofret's tomb backing on to KV5 (the Sons of Ramses II) which does seem a plausible location.

If anybody feels like attempting to draw out the new circles to show their overlaps, a better starting point might be contour maps on the Theban Mapping Project site. If anybody manages something they want to show off, then send it to me and I'll gladly post it up on the blog.

5 comments:

Dennis said...

Greetings, Kate
I went back and read Kent's Lost Tomb for additional clews on this willow tree. Problem is that, using the scale on your posted map and the one in Kent's book I get 50 meters between KV-5 (Meryatum) and KV-7 (Weeks' Greatest of Generals). Carter's ostracon states 30 & 25 Cubits to the Tr(t)yt, putting KV-5 & 7 no more than 55 cubits apart. This 30 & 25 cubits is 16 + 13 (=29) meters. Something is obviously wrong. Can anyone suggest a different "Greatest of Generals"?

Kate Phizackerley said...

Dennis

I've not looked at the front at all. When I re-read that section of the Lost Tomb myself a couple of months ago I was very dubious about the identification of the Greatest of Generals as Ramses II - even the other attributions to tombs merit sceptical evaluation.

A sensible thing might be to assume that the willow tree was where Hawass believes and draw the relevant circle about that and see what tombs that takes in which could be candidates for the descriptions in the ostracon?

Kate

Dennis said...

Sorry, Kate, but, can you put an 'X' on the willow for me. I could not find where Zahi put it.
Just looking at the tombs that we know of there are only a few pairs that are less than 30 meters apart and those seem unrelated to KV-5 and KV-7. I am very confused.
Additionally the "end of the water of the sky" could mean the bottom of the cut channel adjacent to KV-8 and not the cliff edge where the channel starts.

Dennis

Kate Phizackerley said...

Dennis
You know Dr Hawass well enough to know that he hasn't released information that precise; however, studying the pictures I believe the pool to which he refers was where the watercourse meets the modern path. I think pretty much if you move about 5m from the edge of the path towards KV8 you won't be too far away.

I think your idea about the end of the Water of the Sky is an interesting one but wouldn't that make it the same location as the willow tree, so why two names? It would, however, be a more obvious point to measure from.

Kate Phizackerley said...

I have removed a spam comment from this post. It linked to a video that required downloading a codec which my anti-virus software flagged as dangerous.
Kate

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