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University of Basel Kings’ Valley Project
Project funded by own resources
Project title University of Basel Kings’ Valley Project
Principal Investigator(s) Bickel, Susanne
Organisation / Research unit Departement Altertumswissenschaften / Fachbereich Ägyptologie,
Departement Altertumswissenschaften / Ägyptologie (Bickel)
Project Website
Project start 01.01.2009
Probable end 31.01.2026
Status Active

The University of Basel Kings’ Valley Project investigates a number of undecorated tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt. The tombs can be dated to the 18th Dynasty (14th century BCE) and were conceived for members of the royal family and entourage. The subterranean shaft tombs are mostly documented for the first time and the archaeological remains (fragments of the funerary equipment, coffins, cartonnages, textiles, pottery as well as human remains) are analysed. The focus lies on the reconstruction of the social group buried in the royal necropolis, in the dating of the different burials, and the cultural and material analysis of burial equipment.

A second part of the project is dedicated to the documentation and identification and relocation of some 8000 fragments of wall decoration from the tomb of pharaoh Seti Ist (KV 17, 19th Dynasty, 13th century BCE). The aim of the project is the virtual and physical reconstruction of the tomb in its final stage of decoration as well as in an earlier phase preceding ancient architectural modifications.

Keywords Egypt, funerary archaeology, Valley of the Kings, royal family
Financed by Other funds

Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
4640389  Bickel, Susanne  Quiles, Anita, Head of archaeometry department  French Archaeological institute, Cairo  01.01.2018  31.01.2026 
4640390  Bickel, Susanne  Lowe, Adam, Director  Factum Arte Foundation  01.01.2017  01.01.2024 

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