Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV39)
Who was Amenhotep I?
Amenshotep I was the second Pharaoh who ruled in the 18th Dynasty in ancient Egypt. He is said to have ruled from 1526 till 1506 BC. His parents were Ahmose I and Ahmose-Nefertari and both his elder brothers were not expected to inherit the throne. Amenhotep became the crown prince under unusual circumstances after which he ruled for about 21 years. He was involved in rebuilding of temples and mortuary complexes in Egypt; he was the first to initiate separate tomb and mortuary temple, a trend that remained in practice throughout the New Kingdom. After dying, Amenhotep I was defied as a patron God who lived in Deir el-Medina.
About Tomb KV 39
Tomb KV 39 in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt is believed to be the tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep I. it is located where the village de repos lies. The location of the tomb and its plan of architecture are unique from most other tombs.
KV 39 is said to be a mysterious tomb at West Bank at Luxor and some believe it to be the oldest in this valley as well. Many assumptions were made about who this tomb belonged to, but due to the remains found, its speculated that this tomb is the burial place of Amenhotep I. There are many cracks in the tomb, giving an impression that the same can demolish at any moment.
The unusual plan of KV 39
Initially it appeared as an ordinary corridor, but later was found abandoned as the first chamber ended. Following this was a second long descending corridor that led to the east having stairs in two sets which ended in a chamber. Towards the south of this chamber, stairs led to another corridor that ended into a stairway and yet another chamber, which was the southern chamber. Inside this last chamber was found a pit where coffins were kept covered by stone slabs.
Tomb KV 39 was discovered by two local Luxor residents Macarious and Andraos in the year 1900, who somehow did not examine the same fully. Later on Dr. John Rose examined the tomb in 1889, which continued for several years, and the final report revealed that the tomb indeed belonged to Amenhotep I.
Most recent excavations of KV 39 led to finding of 150 bags of potsherds, pieces of wooden coffins, calcite, mud jar sealings, metal fragments, cordage, human skeletal remains of 9 people, botanical specimens. Sandstone dockets bearing cartouches in blue of Tuthmosis I, Tuthmosis II and Amenhotep II were also found.
Calcite fragments containing the name of a renowned Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty and a gold signet ring with a name were also found on the site. The final report however could not be published by John Rose due to his sudden death after which the work of excavation somehow seemed slowing down and almost paused. The debris still needs to be examined in order to learn more about the secrets and mystery associated with the KV 39 tomb.
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