Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV17)
Tomb KV 17 of Seti I
Tomb of Seti I, referred as KV17, is located in the southeast branch of the wadi. Also known as the Belzoni’s Tomb, the Tomb of Apis and the Tomb of Psammis- son of Nechois, it’s located in the Valley of the Kings at Egypt. The tomb belongs to Pharaoh Seti I who ruled during the nineteenth dynasty. The tomb is among the deepest and longest of all tombs in the valley. Egyptologists say this to be one of the most complete of all tombs having religious text that’s all finished.
The discovery of the tomb
Tomb of Seti I, KV 17, is 100 meters long and was first found by Giovanni Belzoni in the month of October in the year 1817. The tomb later became known as the "Apis tomb" because when Belzoni discovered the tomb a mummified bull was found in a side room off the burial chamber.
More about the tomb KV 17
The tomb of Seti I is the longest in the valley at 137 meters. There are in total; seven corridors and eleven chambers and side rooms. There is an unusually long descending passage in the floor of the burial chamber, a feature that’s unique to this tomb of Seti I.
Decorations inside the tomb
The tomb of Seti I is amongst the most decorated tombs of the valley and is covered with numerous decorations and religious text. Text from Litany of Ra, Book of the Dead, Imydwat, Book of Gates, Opening of the Mouth Ritual, Book of the Heavenly Cow decorates the various walls of this tomb, making this an ideal place for Egyptologists to learn and know more. Other scenes adorning the tomb are astronomical scenes, the owner with deities and pictures of the Pharaoh alone. KV 17 is said to be the first tomb which had a vaulted burial chamber in the valley. When the tomb was first discovered by Belzoni, he found the wall paintings in an excellent condition with the paint on the walls still looking fresh and some of the artists’ paints and brushes still lying on the floor inside the tomb.
The tomb in the present time
The tomb now is almost closed to the public due to the damage that has already occurred. The sarcophagus was removed from KV 17 and since then it has been shifted to the Sir John Soane’s museum in London. It’s said that the tomb was damaged when a wall panel was removed from the corridor. The scenes that were removed are now in the Museum of Florence and Berlin and Louvre. The excavations by people in the late 50s and 60s had led to the collapsing or cracking of many walls in the tomb. This damage has led to a considerable alteration in the moisture levels of the rocks surrounding this tomb. Considering the danger the tomb cannot be visited by any person now and is closed for public.