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Tomb of Seti I

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 Seti I 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 Seti I.

Ancient Egyptian Tombs - Tomb of Seti I excavated by Giovanni Battista Belzoni
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 Seti I 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 Giovanni Battista Belzoni, to make further excavations in the Valley of the Kings, hoping to find undiscovered tombs, complete with fabulous treasures.

Tomb of Seti I
Location of the Burial Site
 Valley of the Kings
 KV17 (aka "Belzoni's tomb")
Name of Occupant
 Tomb of Seti I (1290 BC 1279 BC)
Period / Kingdom
 New Kingdom
Date of Period / Kingdom
 1570 BC - 1070 BC
 20th - Twentieth Egyptian Dynasty
Date of Discovery
Name of Egyptologist
 Re-excavated by Giovanni Battista Belzoni
Nationality of Giovanni Battista Belzoni
Lifespan of Giovanni Battista Belzoni
 1778 - 1823

Additional facts and information about the Tomb of Seti I & Giovanni Battista Belzoni

The Tomb of Seti I (aka "Belzoni's tomb") has suffered some flood damage to some of the decorations and paintings but despite this there are still many beautiful  images of scenes from the Book of the Dead and the 'Opening of the Mouth' ritual.

Giovanni Battista Belzoni excavated the tomb for Henry Salt. Belzoni was a larger than life character (6 feet 7 ins - 2metres tall) who excavated many sites in Egypt, often accompanied by his English wife, Sarah Bane. He published a famous illustrated book about his Egyptian discoveries called the Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs and Excavations in Egypt and Nubia.

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 Seti I
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