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West Valley of the Kings - WV23
tomb of Ai II - XVIIIth Dynasty

The tomb was discovered in the winter of 1816 by Giovanni Battista Belzoni and fully cleared by Otto Schaden in the summer of 1972. Belzoni's work appears to have brought to light little more than the broken sarcophagus. This was removed from the tomb at the end of the XIXth  century for restoration and exhibition, and has recently been reinstalled and surmounted by the lid discovered in 1972 during Schaden's clearance. Other items brought to light by Schaden include fragments of wooden deity-figures, several gilded copper pall rosettes and fragmentary human remains of uncertain origin, as well as intrusive pottery of New Kingdom and Roman date. The mummy of Ai II was not yet identified.

Sarcophagus of Ai II



A - stairs and entrance to the tomb
B - first corridor with slot for beam used in lowering sarcophagus into tomb
C - steps down
D - second corridor
E - well chamber without shaft
F - burial chamber
(walls decorated with scenes of the king before various deities. Unique marsh hunting scene. Images and names of Ai later destroyed)
G - sarcophagus

H - canopic chamber

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