KV11 (Tomb of Ramesses III)

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Tomb KV11 is the tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses III. Located in the main valley of the Valley of the Kings, the tomb was originally started by Setnakhte, but abandoned when it broke into the earlier KV10 (tomb of Amenmesse).

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The tomb of Ramesses III, designated as KV11, is a burial tomb complex in the Valley of the Kings. It has been known since antiquity and was explored for the first time in the modern era in 1768 by James Bruce. The tomb was referred to as Tomb of the Harpists by Belzoni, who removed the lid and the sarcophagus. he used that name due to the bas-relief representation of two blind harpists. Meanwhile, the explorers from Europe named it Bruce’s tomb after James Bruce.

Setnakhte was buried in KV14. The tomb KV11 was restarted and extended and on a different axis for Ramesses III. The tomb was first mentioned by an English traveler Richard Pococke in the 1730s, but its first detailed description was given by James Bruce in 1768.

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