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Location Valley of the Kings
Coordinates 25°44′32.4″N 32°36′06.7″E
Discovery Open since antiquity
Excavation Edwin Brock (1984-1985)
Status Open to the public
Dynasty 20th Dynasty
Occupants Ramesses VII
Type Rock-cut tomb
Layout Straight axis
Features Steps & corridors
Squared pillars
Decoration Book of Gates
Book of Caverns
Book of the Earth
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KV1 is a rock-cut tomb located in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. It was used for the burial of Pharaoh Ramesses VII of the Twentieth Dynasty. Although it has been open since antiquity, it was only properly investigated and cleared by Edwin Brock in 1984 and 1985.

Brock continued excavation work within the tomb, and by 1995, the tomb's walls had been completely cleaned, covering graffiti left there in ancient times, a constant problem faced by excavators of tombs within the Valley. Upon completion of his excavation work, Brock commented on the preparation for public view, stating, "Until the recent work to prepare the tomb for access by tourists, the wadi in which it is located remained relatively untouched by past archaeological exploration and the site retained much the same appearance that it probably had since antiquity."[1]

The single corridor tomb itself is located in Luxor's West Bank, and is considered small in comparison to other tombs of the twentieth dynasty.


  • Reeves, N & Wilkinson, R.H. The Complete Valley of the Kings, 1996, Thames and Hudson, London
  • Siliotti, A. Guide to the Valley of the Kings and to the Theban Necropolises and Temples, 1996, A.A. Gaddis, Cairo.

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