The Valley of the Kings: 2012 Excavation Report

During the season of 2011, three edges of an unknown manmade feature appeared at 1.80m to the north of KV 40, on the 25th of January, the first day of the Egyptian revolution. Due to the situation, it was immediately covered with an iron door.  As this structure is so close to KV 40 and as it was impossible to know whether it was just a short unfinished shaft or a real tomb, we gave it the temporary number 40b. This number is now replaced by the final designation KV 64. The KV numbers should definitely be used exclusively for real tombs or deposits and not for possible cavities and yet unascertained structures.

Check out the whole report (with several photos)  from the University of Basel, with thanks to Kara Cooney for pointing it out.

The Tomb of the Egyptian Singer

Fascinating stuff here:

Archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered the tomb of a female singer in the Valley of the Kings.  The tomb was found by a team from the University of Basel in Switzerland who came across it by chance.  The woman, Nehmes Bastet, was a temple singer during Egypt’s 22nd Dynasty (approximately 945 – 712BC), according to an inscription in the tomb.  Previous tombs found in the valley were for members of ancient Egypt’s royal families.  Mansour Boraiq, an official at the Antiquities’ Ministry in Luxor, told AP that the coffin was remarkably intact and would be opened this week. Archaeologists expected to find a mummy with a burial mask molded to her face, he said.  Basel University’s Elina Paulin-Grothe said that the tomb was not built for the female singer, but was re-used for her 400 years after the original burial, according to AP.  The woman in the coffin – who lived almost 3,000 years ago – was the daughter of the high priest of Amon, Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.