Tomb of - Valley of the Kings (KV4)
About Ramesses XI’s tomb
Tomb KV4 which is the final resting place of king Ramesses XI is said to have been the last tomb built for any pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings at Egypt. The tomb is said to have been used as a workshop by Pinejdjem I who kept here funerary equipments from tombs KV 29, KV 34 and KV 38. During the Coptic period the tomb is said to been used as a place of residence. Later findings show that the tomb was not where the king was actually buried. Pinejdjem too planned to usurp the tomb as his own burial place, but this plan too was abandoned.
The tomb KV 4
Tomb KV4 lies in the west bank of Luxor in the area known as Valley of the Kings and is believed to have been opened since antiquity for tourists and visitors. The first pillared hall and the burial chamber are unfinished and the decorations could only be seen in the first corridor. The major attraction of the tomb was it being the last of the royal tombs in the valley.
The tomb plan
The tomb KV 4 consists of an entranceway and the first corridor that ends into a descending ramp. This is followed by the second and the third corridor that finally lead to a ritual well room that was undug and undecorated. The peculiar feature seen was the rectangular rather than square pillars in the burial chamber, the ceiling inside was vaulted and no barriers were found inside, however pivot holes for door leafs could be seen inside the corridors and chambers. An unusual feature seen in the tomb was a shaft within the burial chamber indicating presence of more chambers further.
Decorations inside the tomb
The tomb KV4 is said to have very little decoration when compared to other royal tombs in the area. The entranceway and the beginning of the first corridor had scenes where Ramesses XI was seen knelling between two goddesses bordered by the sun disk. The corridor entrance too had similar illustration.
Remains of the tomb
The major artifacts related to Ramesses XI found inside the tomb included three foundation deposits which had his name inscribed on them. Also limestone chips, fragments of gold gesso, faience, cedar wood were found. The workshop run by Pjnejdem led to finding of some intrusive items as well like two large fragments of blue faience vessels and more. A beeswax figure of Ramesses XI seen standing before Goddess Ma’at was also found inside the tomb.
Some more about KV 4
Intrusive burials inside the tomb depicting remains from the 22nd dynasty of wooden coffin and the bones of at least three bodies were also found in the shaft inside the burial chamber. The exact location as to where the king was buried still remains uncertain, but most Egyptologists believe that the place of burial must be somewhere in the Northern part of Egypt.