Ancient Egypt
Elements of its Cultural History

  by Sjef Willockx

 
 

 

Abstract of: Three Tombs attributed to Amenhotep I: K93.11, AN B and KV39 (2010)

This paper examines the claims of three tombs that have been proposed as the tomb of Amenhotep I: one just south of the Valley of the Kings (KV39) and two about 1.5 km to the east of the Valley: K93.11 and AN B. The various studies of these tombs are discussed in the order in which they appeared; this allows a better understanding of the different and often conflicting views of their authors. A rigorous analysis of the proposed arguments leads to the conclusion that K93.11 and KV39 can with certainty be dismissed, and that AN B is the most likely candidate. Supporting evidence for this is obtained from a detailed comparison of the inventory of stone vessels from AN B with that of KV62: Tutankhamunís tomb.

Special attention is given to Papyrus Abbott, which holds an account of an inspection tour of the Theban necropolis during the 20th dynasty. This account has been searched by many for clues about the location of Amenhotep Iís tomb (which is mentioned in it), but with quite different results. An alternative interpretation of this account is given, leading to the conclusion that the order in which the account lists the tombs may have no particular bearing on their locations.

83 pages, 21 figures, 5 tables, extensive bibliography.

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