Substructures

The deepest shaft in this cemetery is situated in the far west of the area and formed part of a Late Period chapel with only a partly preserved foundation. The shaft itself is of Old Kingdom date and proved to be 23.3 metres deep. The original tomb chamber at the bottom proved to be practically empty, apart from some stone slabs fallen down the shaft. At a depth of 12 m was a secondary room to the north, filled with scores of broken mummies, and containing a hoard of 246 Ptolemaic coins.

In the east part of the cemetery three shafts connected with the mound-burials could be investigated. Only one of them was safe enough to be completely emptied. From the two rooms at a depth of five metres the most interesting object recovered was a cosmetic box in the shape of a grasshopper. The other two shafts had to be given up because of their dangerous condition.

The two burial pits situated against Horemheb's south exterior wall proved to be 1.5 and 1.95 m deep. Both of them still contained burials. The first one is that of a 18-20 year old male, buried in a rectangular gabled coffin with extensive decoration. The burial had been disturbed and was partly burnt, but a broken wooden staff may have belonged to this person. The second pit grave held a mummiform coffin with decoration in white, yellow, green and red on a black ground. Inside was the decayed mummy of a 30-40 year old man, buried with a heart-scarab, two pectorals, a headrest and a signet ring.