Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The generally reliable Luxor Times Magazine is reporting that "The Minister state of Antiquities, Mohamed Ibrahim said that a new discovery in the Valley of the Kings will be announced within few days."

My thanks to Heidi Kontkanen for spotting this.

24 comments:

Geoff Carter said...

Interesting;lets hope that with a fresh start, there is less room for the confusion that previously surrounded this subject.

Anonymous said...

Good point Geoff, the new man in charge may hopefully turn out to be a straight talker rather than coming out with endless hype and spin like Hawass. Lets hope he is less interested in self promotion than his predecessor and judge him by his actions. Daveh

Stephanie said...

Whatever it is, it`s great that something has been found. I had already given up hopes that this year`s dig season would yield any finds.
And the fact that the new minister apparently has not connected the discovery with a "great name" yet seems to be a step in the right direction away from the sensationalism of the past.

Anonymous said...

As the works aound the tomb of Merneptah have been closed down, it would seem to be elsewhere. There was some work being done in the West Valley where I would think there might be scope for a tomb or two connected with the burial of Amenhotep III. It will be interesting to see what this is. I wonder what sort of media coverage it wil receive??? CJB

Anonymous said...

The photo on the Luxor Times website is taken in the West Valley. I think it may be near to the tomb of Ay. It becomes even more interesting. CJB

Kate Phizackerley said...

We know that foundation deposits for an unknown tomb have been found in the Western Valley and at the moment that is perhaps the most likely location for "KV64"

Ken said...

Ankhesenamun at last? If Ay really did userp Tutankhamun's intended tomb, surely either/both would want their wife buried in the same area! A guy can dream...


Ken

Meritay said...

Yes, the the picture below, on this page of Luxor-News shows a view from the left top of the tomb WV 23 / King Ay, ( the viel, when you have the rocks in the back).....if the find of KV54 is in the West Valley, it could also be the tomb of Nakhtmin or Naj... because King Ay named them successors??? Just an idea ... because some egyptologists supposed, they could be perhaps real sons of King Ay...

Stephanie said...

Bother, why do they have to announce their announcements at all? I think this is a very annoying practice.
If there is something to tell then tell it straight away.
BTW who is Naj? Never heard of him.

Anonymous said...

Will this be WV64 if it is in the West Valley? Assuming the assumption I made about the tomb's location is correct, it joins WV24 and 25 as part of the cluster of tombs at the head of the West Valley. The chances are that it has been robbed but it is possible that it might have been re-used in the TIP. I hope the excavation will be done without the harrassment of a media circus or "big" personnalities over-ruling the excavator(s).

Anonymous said...

Whoops! I forgot to sign my previous contribution. CJB

Kate Phizackerley said...

There are suspicions it might be a formal announcement of KV40b which is the feature found by the University of Basel last year. They are scheduled to investigate it this year.

They have also been working in the undecorated tombs. Last year's report is now available so I will post it up, but they could have found something in one of those tombs.

A discovery is not necessarily a new tomb - although it could be.

Anonymous said...

Hmm, one of Loret's poorly cleared discoveries might have repaid investigation? I'm puzzled why the Luxor Times showed the West Valley though. CJB

Anonymous said...

I came across a Youtube video on the Valley of the Kings by a group called Heritage Key. It showed Dr Hawass seated on the approximate location of KV40 at one point. At other stages it showed the demolition and clearance of the old rest area next to KV62. In other shots, a considerable amount of pottery was shown and a view which suggested the location of KV54, the Tutankhamen cache. It was dated 2008: 4 years ago. If the discovery was made then...... well, why the wait? CJB

Patrick said...

I have maintained for some time that the relatively unexplored Western Valley could well yield more finds in the future than the Eastern one.
Re previous comments, KV40, which incredibly enough has not been properly cleared in modern times, so may hold its own secrets, is nowhere near the Western Valley. And there is no WV40!
BTW, I agree that announcing finds like this in dribs and drabs is not serious - I rather hoped we'd seen the last of such aberrations.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone mention a WV40? I asked if the potential KV64 would become WV64 if it is located in the West Valley. As the video I mentioned was shot mainly around the Central Area of the East Valley,it couldn't be the West Valley. As to more tombs, or the potential for more tombs in the West Valley, there is a possibilty of a cluster around WV22 but it is puzzling that after Ay, all the known royal tombs are in the East Valley. So many, in fact, there are cases of tomb builders running into earlier tombs. It seems as if they are avoiding the West Valley and are willing to take the risk of overcrowding in the East: why? There is so much apparent space free in the West. Did there develop a taboo associated with the place? CJB

Anonymous said...

You dont mean WD40 CJB?

Anonymous said...

Well...... if exploration in The Valley has seized up...... what better!!! CJB

Anonymous said...

Jayne Akshaw is reporting the discovery of a 22nd dynasty tomb in the VOK.

Anonymous said...

It's a slightly garbled report but it seems the tomb is a shaft plus chamber with a TIP burial, possibly a re-use of an 18th Dynasty construction on the path leading up to KV34. The occupant seems to have been an officiant at the Temple of Karnak. This matches other examples of tomb re-use. CJB

Anonymous said...

The UK's Daily Mirror Online has an article on the find which is worth reading because of its mistakes: oh dear!! CJB

Marianne Luban said...

Take a look here:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/31799.aspx

Anonymous said...

cjb see what you mean, thats a picture looking over the Ramasseum and where on earth did the mirror arrive at that date?

veritas aequitas said...

I was in Egypt in August 2008 and the guide (studied egyptology) told me at the time that we were in the valley of the kings that 3 more tombs were discovered in the valley, as well as one other tomb of which the location i can not remember.. i still haven't read about this anywhere else

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