Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, December 14, 2009

In the fourth and final part of this video series from Heritage Key, Dr Hawass mentions the robberies of KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun.  He believes it was saved ultimately be the construction of tomb KV9.

That's possible, but doesn't explain how KV62 escaped robbery before then.  Perhaps the security in the Valley of the Kings was robust during the early 19th Dynasty, but as Tutankhamun's tomb was robbed in the 18th Dynasty, it seems somewhat unlikely.  Personally I prefer the theory that Horemheb discouraged mention of Tutankhamun along with the Amarnan royalty so the tomb wasn't well-known, and that KV62 was  covered by debris from a flash flood as suggested by Stephen Cross.  Admittedly, debris from the construction of the tomb of Ramses VI may have helped to protect the tomb, but I think it was a combination of all of these factors.

At the end of the video, Dr Hawass ponders the incalculable treasures that could have been in the tomb of Ramses VIII and which tombs could still be found, and which could be intact.  He mentions Neferiti and Amenhotep I, which is interesting.  There's no mention of Ramses VIII which last year was theorised (by Dr Hawass) as one of the tombs found in the Valley of the Kings.

(PS another month is slipping by without news of the DNA testing either.)


rymerster said...

I wonder whether there was a period of lawlessness during or just after the reign of Ay but before Horemheb took power. Certainly, Maya, under Horemheb, seems to have conducted some restoration work on a number of tombs in the Valley. This would not have been required if there had been a steady presence of guards in the Valley throughout the post-Tutankhamun period.

Also, I do not believe that Horemheb suppresed all of Tut's works (his own private tomb at Memphis for example shows Tutankhamun). However, any references to Neferneferuaten, Ay and Akhenaten were obliterated - which to me indicates the possibility that you have two factions at court competing for power before, during and after Tutanhkamun's reign. The factions would be Horemheb (army), Maya (treasury/administration) versus Ay (charioteers?) and the old Amarna elite, plus suggested heir Nakhtmin clinging on to power.

Well, that's my take anyway, can't prove it, except that somehow the tomb of Tut survived nearly intact, and as Maya's audit and repairs demonstrate, the tomb was known well into Horemheb's reign.

Anonymous said...

Well, let's try this again, I put forward the idea that an official list of tomb locations and their occupants was kept by the burial commissions that controlled royal and royal family burials in the VOK and adjacent areas. Ancient Greek historians recount that the priests of Luxor knew an exact number of Kings' tombs in the Thebian Hills. Tut's intended tomb may have been usurped by Ay and the real tomb, KV 62, was never recorded as the resting place of the King. Then, when the visible tombs were easily robbed and then the treasures were officially recycled to finance the priest kings after Ramesses X1the tomb of Tut was long buried and his reign long forgotten.

For an interesting telling of the times of havoc and tomb robbing, read John Romer's "Accient Lives", which is also availabe as a DVD at Acorn Media for a very reasonable price.


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