Valley of the Kings
- KV46 tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu - XVIIIth
tomb of queen's Tiji parents was discovered 5 February 1905 by James E.
Quibell. The entrance stair (A) leads into a wall-cut corridor (B) some
1.76 m wide and 2.05 m high. A second corridor with stairs (C) and
niches is somewhat unusual in that the roof is roughly rounded rather
than squared. This and the similiar roughness of the quality of the
irregularly shaped burial chamber (D) have been blamed on the quality of
the stone. In the tomb were founded more objects, funerary equipments:
chariots, shabties, canopic jars and chests, beds, chairs, vessels,
amulets, boxes and etc.
A - entrance stair
B - first corridor
C - second corridor with stairs and niches
D - burial chamber
E - unfinished pit
two mummies were in an extraordinary state of preservation; that of
Yuya, in particular, is a fine example of the ancient embalmers' craft.
Yuya and Tjuyu died at separate times and were interred in KV46 on two
separate occasions and is difficult to establish who died first. The
tomb was plundered in antiquity. The mummies had been disturbed within
their coffins, while promising-looking boxes had their lids ripped off.
Several items found in the corridor were in the process of being carried
off by the thieves when they were apprehended. Tjuyu's mummy had been
covered with a sheet, some boxes refilled with a jumble of items, and
the hole made by the robbers to gain access to the burial chamber
roughly blocked again with stones.