KV3 (Tomb of Unidentified Son of Ramesses III)

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Tomb KV3, located in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, was intended for the burial of an unidentified son of Pharaoh Ramesses III during the early part of the Twentieth Dynasty.

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An ostracon written in hieratic script from the time of Ramesses III mentions the founding of a tomb for a royal prince, likely this tomb. The unfinished state of a couple of rooms in the tomb along with scant archeological evidence suggests that the tomb was never used. Some have suggested that it was originally intended for use by the prince regent who would succeed as Ramesses IV, and who started building his own tomb (KV2) soon after he came to the throne.

Though open since Ancient times, the tomb was only properly excavated in 1912 by archeologist Harry Burton.

Tomb Layout

circa 1200 BCE

It is similar in design to the "straight axis" tombs typical of this dynasty. In terms of its design it closely follows that used for tombs in the Valley of the Queens, and its size reflects the effort that would have gone into burying a member of the royal family. The tomb is located on the main path, close to the entrance to the Valley.


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