Floor 1, Room 10 (Valley of the Queens)

Room 10 adjoins the Coffin Gallery in Room 8 and Room 9, the papyri room is adjacent to it.

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The Valley of the Queens, lies at the southern end of the Theban Necropolis and houses the burials of Egypts Queens, Princes and Princesses as well as some of the important dignitaries and courtiers of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties.

QV66 is in my opinion, the most important and most beautiful of tombs in the Valley of the Queens. It was the burial place of Queen Nefertari, who’s husband was the Pharoah and ruler know as Ramesses the Great (Rameses II, 1279 – 2213BC).

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Access to the tomb was discovered in 1904 and Schiaparelli commissioned a detailed and accurate tomb plan, to be built as a model, by Francesca Bellerini. seen above.

Queen Nefertari’s Sarcophagus Lid, 19th Dynasty

(1279 – 1213BC Ramesses II reign)

When Schiaperelli first entered the tomb it was clear it had been robbed in antiquity, however, in the funerary chamber a few fragments of the Queens Sarcophagus lid remained.

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At the Queens head is the Goddess Nut with outstretched wings above the heiroglyph for gold. Isis is at ther feet, and in the middle further spells asks Nut to protect the Queen. There are further prayers inscribed around the sides of the lid with a few traces of the painting that originally decorated the entire coffin.

34 Shabtis, two coffer lids, other furniture, an incomplete statuette of an ibis, a pair of sandals, and a djed amulet (pillar in blue and gold) were also found.

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Other items in room 10:

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