KV64 is the tomb of an (as yet) unknown 18th Dynasty burial re-used in the 22nd Dynasty for an intrusive burial of the lady Nehmes Bastet, a singer at the temple of Karnak, in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt. It is located on the pathway to Tomb KV34 (Thuthmosis III) in the main Valley of the Kings. KV64 was found by Dr Elina Paulin-Grothe of the University of Basel.[1]

Burial site of Singer [the Lady] Nehmes Bastet
Coordinates25°44′24.6″N 32°36′04.7″E
LocationEast Valley of the Kings

18th Dynasty

The tomb was originally carved and used in the 18th Dynasty. The rubble covering the floor of the tomb contained materials dating back to the looted 18th dynasty burial including a female mummy, two heads of canopic jars, and some glassware. The finds also included a partial wooden label naming a Princess Satiah. It is not known if the label belong to the original owner of the tomb. [2]

22nd Dynasty

Upon entering the tomb in 2011, the excavators discovered a wooden coffin and a stela placed near the wall and facing the head of the mummy. The mummy belongs to a Chantress of Amun Nehemesbastet, and she is the daughter of the Opener of the Doors of Heaven in Karnak, named Nakhtefmut. The wooden stela shows Nehemesbastet before a composite deity with attributes of both a sun-god and the god Osiris.[2]

Other uses of KV 64 name

"KV64" (with quotation marks) had previously been tentatively employed in reference to an anomaly detected by the use of ground-penetrating radar by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project (ARTP),[3] led by Nicholas Reeves, in the autumn of 2000. No actual tomb was uncovered.[4]

See also

  • Amarna Royal Tombs Project (ARTP): KV64
  • "Rare tomb of woman found in Egypt Valley of Kings". The Guardian. London. 2008-01-23. Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-15.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)


  1. "New archaeological discovery at the Valley of the Kings - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online". english.ahram.org.eg. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  2. Susanne Bickel, Princesses, Robbers and Priests - The unknown side of the Kings' Valley, Presentation at a conference at the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, October 14 2017, Online; KV 64 discussed at 27:30 onwards
  3. ARTP website Archived 2008-10-10 at the Wayback Machine; possible presence of a tomb at this location
  4. "Another New Tomb in the Valley of the Kings? - Archaeology Magazine Archive". archive.archaeology.org. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
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