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Marcus Smith
Professor DuMars
01 JUNE 2018
I believe that the tomb, kv63, was initially intended for the burial of King Tut, based on
some facts like the K55, and other tombs and their contents. Kv55 is a tomb located in Egypt in
the Valley of the Kings. Archeologists speculate that the body found in the tomb was that of the
famous Theodore M. Davis, the one who moved the capital to Akhetaten, present-day Amarna.
However, scientific results and the genetic results published in February 2010 indicate that the
bodies of Tutankhamun’s father and the son of Amenhotep were buried in the tomb. Additional
studies on the body found in the tomb established the person’s age at the time of his death is
consistent to that of Akhenaten’s making it clear that it was Akhenaten’s body. The contents of
the tomb are closely related to King Tut who is believed to be Akhenaten’s son as the determination
of the mummified remains are considered to belong to Akhenaten (Afifi & Glen 15). In this essay,
I will prove that indeed KV63 was intended for King Tut, basing my argument on these facts.
KV63 is the most recently opened tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings Pharaonic
necropolis. The tomb is believed to have been a storage chamber for the process of mummification.
Seven wooden coffins and many large storage jars were found in the tomb. The coffins were found
to contain mummification materials. The large storage jars also included mummification supplies
such as deliberately broken pottery, salt, and lines. I believe that Kv63 was originally intended for
the burial of King Tut because the contents of the tomb relate to him in that; there were some clay
seal impressions that contained text such as the partial word “pa-aten”. Part of this name is believed
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to have been used by King Tut’s wife, Ankhesenamun. The inscription of the architectural style of
the chamber and the forms of the jars and the coffins found in the tomb indicate an eighteenth
dynasty date which is considered a contemporary with King Tut (Habicht, Bouwman & Rühli
221). Upon comparison, the overhung shaft of KV63 has been found to be similar to other
eighteenth dynasty tombs therefore, dating construction of the earlier portion of the eighteenth
dynasty to the new kingdom. The contents of the jars found in this tomb resemble those found in
tomb KV54 which was considered as an embalming cache for King Tut. Given the proximity of
King Tut’s tomb and the striking similarities between the sarcophagi portrait and the contemporary
style of the final part of the 18
dynasty, there are speculations that the coffins were used for the
burial of the bodies of Tut’s wife, Ankhasenamen. Additionally, the fact that the tomb’s location
and its entrance were sealed by similar flood layer as that of Tut, it is more likely that it was Tut’s
main burial embalmer’s cache.
The KV55 tomb has been identified with a single occupant assumed to be reburial place
for the late 18
dynasty and a royal ache for King Tutankhamun. At the entrance of the KV55
tomb, there are storage jars that are related to the 18
dynasty type. The tomb has a layout that is
similar to that of King Tutankhamun’s, indicating that the tomb was designed to be a private burial
place and was later owned by the royal cache. Additionally, the mummy was relocated to tomb
KV55 after the Akhetaten had been abandoned during King Tutankhamun’s reign. The tomb’s
door is also sealed with the name of Tutankhamun. The mystery of tomb KV55 is closely entangled
to the story of King Tutankhamen as the jars found in the niche of the tomb seem to have been
made for the wife of Akhenaten, Tutankhamun's son (Bell 120).
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Works Cited
Afifi, Afifi Rohim, and Glen Dash. "An Excavation and Geophysical Survey in the Central Valley
of the Valley of the Kings." Current Research in Egyptology 14 (2013) 14 (2014): 1.
Bell, Martha R. "An armchair excavation of KV 55." Journal of the American Research Center in
Egypt 27 (1990): 97-137.
Habicht, M. E., A. S. Bouwman, and F. J. Rühli. "Identifications of ancient Egyptian royal
mummies from the 18th Dynasty reconsidered." American journal of physical
anthropology159.S61 (2016): 216-231.

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