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The Tomb of Thutmose III

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 Thutmose III 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 Thutmose III .

Ancient Egyptian Tombs - The Tomb of Thutmose III excavated by Victor Loret
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 Thutmose III 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 Victor Loret, to make further excavations in the Valley of the Kings, hoping to find undiscovered tombs, complete with fabulous treasures.

The Tomb of Thutmose III
Location of the Burial Site
 Valley of the Kings
Name of Occupant
 The Tomb of Thutmose III (1479 -1425)
Period / Kingdom
 New Kingdom
Date of Period / Kingdom
 1570 BC - 1070 BC
 18th - Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty
Date of Discovery
Name of Egyptologist
 Re-excavated by Victor Loret
Nationality of Victor Loret
Lifespan of Victor Loret
 1859 - 1946

Additional facts and information about the Tomb of Thutmose III & Victor Loret

The entrance to the Tomb of Thutmose III is on the cliff face and consists of chambers and corridors. The construction of the burial chamber was unique as it is in the shape of a cartouche. The tomb is decorated with the Litany of Ra and the Amduat, magical texts which would help the pharaoh through the perils of the Underworld so he could reach the Afterlife. The damaged stone sarcophagus of Thutmose III is still in place in the burial chamber.

The French archaeologist Victor Loret (1859 - 1946) was the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Loret began working at the royal and private tombs in the Valley of the Kings in 1881. He also discovered the tombs of Tia'a and Amenhotep II. There is a photograph of Loret at the entrance to the tomb of Thutmosis III.

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

The Tomb of Thutmose III
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