Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, May 24, 2010

Thanks to Vincent Brown for this story covered in Discovery News.  The bandages from KV54 have gone on display at the Met in New York. 

KV54 is Tutankhamun's offer "tomb" in the Valley of the Kings.  Of course it's not really a tomb but a cache of his funerary goods.  It gets very little attention so this new article which described the bandages in some detail is very interesting.

One question clearly remains unaswered about KV54.  Was there a similar cache for all of the Pharoah's buried in the Valley of the Kings in which case why don't we know of them?  It could account for some of the empty tombs but it is a bizarre coincidence that both's Tutankhamun's tomb and funerary cache were intact.  Is it possible that there was something different about Tutankhamun's burial so that he has a cache when other Pharaoh's didn't.


tim said...

Hi Kate

I was under the idea that a funerary deposit of Merenptah was also found which contained beautiful calcite jars among other debris though I do not believe this cache was given a number?

The Kv54 cache may well have been removed from the entrance corridor of Kv62 which may be where such debris was traditionally placed?

Certainly there was nothing in the Kv54 cache that would of been of value to the ancients which would make me wonder if other pits were used for mummification debris it would be unlikely anyone would go through the effort and expense to remove the garbage from these pits.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

Ken said...

Maybe KV63 was a larger depot for such materials, serving many tombs?

Kate Phizackerley said...

Yes it is possible that the remains would normally be in the corridor.
I think that's a solid possibility for KV63. It would suggest that other tombs should be nearby.

Kate Phizackerley said...

I wonder whether anybody has done a textile analysis with the bandages of, for instance, the Younger and Elder Lady. Rather than just DNA testing, maybe comparison of the bandages might also reveal something.


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