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Tomb of Ramses II

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 Ramses II 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 Ramses II .

Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Tomb of Ramses II excavated by Henry Salt
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 Ramses II 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 Henry Salt, to make further excavations in the Valley of the Kings, hoping to find undiscovered tombs, complete with fabulous treasures.

Tomb of Ramses II
Location of the Burial Site
  Valley of the Kings
Name of Occupant
  Tomb of Ramses II aka Ramses the Great 1279 BC 1213 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 Henry Salt
Nationality of Henry Salt
Lifespan of Henry Salt
  1780 - 1827

Additional facts and information about the Tomb of Ramses II & Henry Salt

The Tomb of Ramses II has suffered considerable water damage.  The Egyptologist Henry Salt was an author and artist who was appointed British Consul-General in Cairo in 1815.

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 Ramses II
Each section on the subject of Egyptian Tombs addresses all topics and provides interesting facts and information about the Golden Age of Pharaohs and of Egypt. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of the Tomb of Ramses II discovered by Henry Salt.

Egyptian Tombs

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