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Tomb of Amenmesse

Full details of Ancient Egyptian Religion, Death Rituals, Embalmers and Mummification can be found via the sitemap, in the Section called Egyptian Mummies. The following table lists details of the Tomb of Amenmesse including its reference number, the date the burial place was discovered and the name and details of the Egyptologist who discovered or excavated the Tomb of Amenmesse.

Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Tomb of Amenmesse excavated by Edward Ayrton
The Valley of the Kings is a necropolis. A necropolis is defined as a large cemetery or burial place near the site of a center of an ancient civilization. The Valley of the Kings, where the Tomb of Amenmesse was found, is located near the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes (now modern-day Luxor).

There are 63 tombs which have been discovered in the Valley of the Kings belonging to the Pharaohs and leading dignitaries. Many of the tombs were discovered by the Egyptian tomb robbers of antiquity but during the 19th and 20th centuries renewed interest in Egyptology led European Egyptologists, such as Edward Ayrton, to make further excavations in the Valley of the Kings, hoping to find undiscovered tombs, complete with fabulous treasures.

Tomb of Amenmesse
Location of the Burial Site
  Valley of the Kings
Name of Occupant
  Tomb of Amenmesse (1203 BC 1199 BC)
Period / Kingdom
  New Kingdom
Date of Period / Kingdom
  1570 BC - 1070 BC
  19th - Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty
Date of Discovery
Name of Egyptologist
  Re-excavated by Edward Ayrton
Nationality of Edward Ayrton
Lifespan of Edward Ayrton
  1882 - 1914

Additional facts and information about the Tomb of Amenmesse & Edward Ayrton

The Tomb of Amenmesse was intended for this Pharaoh who only reigned for 4 years. He usurped the throne from the rightful heir and it is not known whether he was ever buried in this tomb. The building of the tomb of Setnakhte III (KV11) was abandoned when builders accidently broke through the ceiling of side chamber. The tomb was eventually re-used for the burial of Queen Takhat and Baketwerel of the 20th dynasty.

Edward Russell Ayrton was the son of a wealthy civil servant William Scrope Ayrton & his wife Ellen Louisa McClatchie. He was educated at St Paul's School in London. During his career Edward Russell Ayrton worked with other eminent Egyptologists including Flinders Petrie and Henri Edouard Naville.

Ancient Egyptian Tomb numbering system
All tombs are and numbered and the legends KV, QV, WV & TT  indicate their location as follows:

  • KV (e.g. KV no.35) refers to the King Valley
  • QV (e.g. QV no.66) refers to the burial of Nerfertari in the Queen Valley
  • WV (e.g. WV no.23) refers to the burial of the Pharaoh Ay in the Western Valley
  • TT (e.g. TT no.55) refers to the burial of Ramose designated to the category of Theban Tomb
    • There are at least 415 catalogued tombs, designated TT for Theban Tomb which are burial places of nobles and important court officials

Tomb of Amenmesse
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