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Tomb Rater: Phespirit reviews the Theban Necropolis

Phespirit reports - February 2009

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Tomb of Siptah

Valley of the Kings
KV47 - Tomb of Siptah

Decorative art and inscriptions in the first part of the tunnel. Unfinished for the latter half leading to a final undecorated chamber with a large sarcophagus.
6.5
out of 10
Tomb of Ramses IX

Valley of the Kings
KV6 - Tomb of Ramses IX

Shallow-gradient decorated corridor to the final chamber. No sarcophagus, but an indentation in the chamber floor. Ceiling and walls decorated.
8.0
out of 10
Tomb of Ramses IV

Valley of the Kings
KV2 - Tomb of Ramses IV

Superbly decorated all the way down, including sarcophagus chamber and a second chamber beyond. The ceiling in the main chamber is exquisitely painted.
8.5
out of 10
Tomb of Tuthmosis III

Valley of the Kings
KV34 - Tomb of Tuthmosis III

Descent through several chambers. Painted with stick figures that appear as if drawn with a black felt-tip marker. Fine carving of Nut inside the sarcophagus.
8.0
out of 10
Tomb of Tuthmosis IV

Valley of the Kings
KV43 - Tomb of Tuthmosis IV

Remote tomb with a long straight descent that turns left to another decorated descent, followed by a final left turn to the main chamber with the sarcophagus.
8.5
out of 10
Tomb of Ramses I

Valley of the Kings
KV16 - Tomb of Ramses I

Short descent to a single lower chamber with sarcophagus. Uncomplicated but well decorated throughout the chamber itself.
4.5
out of 10
Tomb of Tawsert/Sethnakht

Valley of the Kings
KV14 - Tomb of Tawsert/Sethnakht

Long shallow descent, passing through a first burial chamber into a second with sarcophagus. Colourful narrative decoration throughout.
7.5
out of 10
Tomb of Ramses VI

Valley of the Kings
KV9 - Tomb of Ramses VI

Arguably the most majestic tomb in the valley, only diminished by the damage of tomb raiders. Lavishly decorated with texts and scenes in rich colour.
9.0
out of 10
Tomb of Tutankhamun

Valley of the Kings
KV62 - Tomb of Tutankhamun

Famous for what was removed, not for what now remains. Very short corridor, small decorated tomb. Mummy and gold coffin displayed inside.
4.0
out of 10
Tomb of Prince Khaemweset

Valley of the Queens
#44 - Tomb of Prince Khaemweset

Medium-length corridor to the main chamber, with side rooms midway down. Brightly coloured decoration on the chamber pillars and the walls throughout.
6.5
out of 10
Tomb of Queen Tyti

Valley of the Queens
#52 - Tomb of Queen Tyti

Not quite as deep as the tomb of Khaemweset. Three smaller rooms connect to the main chamber. Decorated throughout.
6.0
out of 10
Tomb of Prince Amunherkhepeshef

Valley of the Queens
#55 - Tomb of Prince Amunherkhepeshef

Steps lead down to three connected chambers, all nicely decorated. A red granite sarcophagus remains in the final chamber.
6.0
out of 10
Tomb of Sennofer

Tombs of the Nobles
#96 - Tomb of Sennofer

Steep tunnel that descends to a lower chamber with pillars, lavishly decorated, including scenes of grape-bearing vines.
7.0
out of 10
Tomb of Rekhmire

Tombs of the Nobles
#100 - Tomb of Rekhmire

Level corridors left, right, and straight ahead, decorated with scenes of ordinary life and the role of the vizier.
6.5
out of 10
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