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Animal Tombs

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 Animal Tombs including its reference number, the date the burial place was discovered and the name and details of the Egyptologist who discovered or excavated the Animal Tombs.

Location of the Burial Site
 Valley of the Kings
 KV50, KV51 & KV52
Name of Occupant
 Animal Tombs
Period / Kingdom
 New Kingdom
Date of Period / Kingdom
 1570 BC - 1070 BC
Date of Discovery
Name of Egyptologist
 Re-excavated by Edward Ayrton in 1906
Nationality of Edward Ayrton
Lifespan of Edward Ayrton
 1882 - 1914

Additional facts and information about the
Animal Tombs & Edward Ayrton

The Burial sites of Animals is no longer accessible. The Animal tombs are a group of three adjacent tombs numbered KV50,KV51 & KV52. These tombs are not decorated but they held the mummies of various animals which were believed to be the pets of royalty. Birds, monkeys, cats, dogs and other creatures were mummified - for details of this process please click the following link Egyptian Cats.

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 Tombs - Animal Tombs 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 Animal Tombs 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.

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

Animal Tombs
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 Animal Tombs discovered by Edward Ayrton.

Egyptian Tombs

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