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Location Valley of the Kings
Coordinates 25°44′23.3″N 32°36′06.8″E
Discovery 16 October 1817
Excavation Giovanni Belzoni
Howard Carter
Status Closed to the public
Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Occupants Seti I
Type Rock-cut tomb
Layout Straight axis
Features Steps & corridors
Squared pillars
Decoration Litany of Ra
Book of Gates
Book of Caverns
Book of the Amduat
Book of the Dead
Opening of the Mouth
Book of the Heavenly Cow
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KV17 is a rock-cut tomb located in the Valley of the Kings and also known by the names "Belzoni's tomb", "the Tomb of Apis", and "the Tomb of Psammis, son of Nechois". It is the tomb of Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The tomb is one of the best decorated tombs in the valley, but now is almost always closed to the public due to damage. It was first discovered by Giovanni Battista Belzoni [1] on 16 October 1817.

The longest tomb in the valley, at 100 metres, it contains very well preserved reliefs in all of its eleven chambers and side rooms. One of the back chambers is decorated with the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, which stated that the mummy's eating and drinking organs were properly functioning. Believing in the need for these functions in the afterlife, this was a very important ritual. The sarcophagus is now in the Sir John Soane Museum in London. A very long and still incompletely explored tunnel leads away into the mountainside from beneath the location where the sarcophagus stood in the burial chamber

Source notes[]


  • 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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