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Location Valley of the Kings
Coordinates 25°44′23.6″N 32°36′0.50″E
Discovery March 9 1898
Excavation Victor Loret (1898)
Status Closed to the public
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Occupants Amenhotep II
Royal cache
Type Rock-cut tomb
Layout Bent axis (dog leg shape)
Features Steps & corridors
Squared pillars
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KV35 is a rock-cut tomb in the Valley of the Kings (Luxor, Egypt). It is the tomb of Amenhotep II.

It was discovered by Victor Loret in March 1898.

It has a dog-leg shape, typical of the layout of early Eighteenth Dynasty tombs, but several features make this tomb stand out. The burial chamber is a rectangular shape and divided into upper and lower pillared sections, with the lower part holding the sarcophagus of the king. This style of burial chamber became 'standard' for royal burials in the later New Kingdom.

Later the tomb was used as a mummy cache. Mummies belonging to the following individuals were relocated here during the Third Intermediate Period and were identified by inscriptions on their burial wrappings:

  • Amenhotep II (the original tomb owner found in his original sarcophagus)

Side Chamber:

In addition were three late 18th Dynasty mummies in the second side chamber:


Other remains in the tomb:

  • Mummy on the Boat which was destroyed in 1901 by tomb robbers. This has been claimed to be Setnakhte as his coffin was in the tomb. But the arms on this mummy were not crossed on the chest as would have been expected of a king and this identification therefore seems doubtful. Therefore perhaps this could have been Prince Webensenu or Crown Prince Thutmose.
  • Two skulls were also found in the well chamber, one of which could have belonged to Amenhotep II's mother Meritre-Hatshepsut as a cane found in the tomb indicates she was perhaps buried here. The whereabouts of these skulls does now not appear to be known.
  • An additional mummified arm was also found with the three mummies in the side chamber so could belong to one of these skulls, the mummy on the boat or another individual.

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