Tomb of in the Valley of the Kings (KV60)
The tomb number KV 60 in the Valley of the Kings at the west bank of Luxor in Egypt is a mystifying tomb of this necropolis. It’s because the uncertainty of the female mummy that was found inside the tomb. Located in the southeast branch of the wadi it lays close to the entrance of KV 19. Some Egyptologists believed that the mummy which was found inside belongs to that of reign of Pharaoh Hatshepsut during the 18th dynasty.
More about the tomb KV60
The tomb KV60 was discovered by Howard Carter in the year 1903. The tomb was shown to have been robbed in antiquity and most contents were almost destroyed. The tomb had two female mummies, one if which was recognized as Sitre In, the wet nurse of Hatshepsut. The mummy was then moved to the Cairo Museum. The second mummy however was left unidentified in the tomb.
Unlike most tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the tomb KV60 was undecorated even being unsuffered or undamaged by the floods or modern vandalism or even recent occupation.
The tomb is a small size undecorated tomb which consists of an entryway stairway, a corridor, with recesses and a side chamber followed by a roughly-cut burial chamber.
Most rooms of the tomb are uninscribed and two female mummies and mummified geese were found. The presence of an unidentified female mummy that still rests inside the tomb KV60 is a noteworthy and rare feature seen in this tomb.
The tomb plan
The tomb plan of KV 60 was really simple and consisted of a rough flight of stairs that was followed by a passage that was leading down and just 5 meters long. This ended in a low and rough 4x5 meters square chamber. In this chamber was found as the much destroyed and searched burial and the tomb contained nothing but the mummies of two women.
About the unidentified mummy
The second mummy was removed by Donald Ryan in the year 1980 and close examination showed that the female would have been at a good position in life. The original hair which was found underneath her head had fallen off with time. The positioning of the arms of this mummy was the most interesting part where right arm was crossed over the breast signifying royalty of the deceased. Similar positioning was seen in Elizabeth Thomas’s mummy and it’s even believed that the mummy would have been of Hatshepsut herself. But despite, further investigation may at least give some answers regarding the whereabouts of the tombs of a number of queens of that period. This mummy remains within the tomb. The investigation of Ryan also showed that the structure of the tomb was not that simple and somewhat complex.
The bottom line
In spite of the mystery and unidentified mummy at the tomb KV60, the tomb will always lack tourists and visitors and might remain as the unsung heroes from the rich Egyptian historical era.