Abstract and Keywords
More than half of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings were not designed for kings. The nonroyal tombs date mainly to the Eighteenth Dynasty, the reigns of Hatshepsut to Amenhotep III, with a few additional examples from the Ramesside period. They were made to accommodate queens, other members of the royal family, as well as some commoners who were part of the intimate circle around the young king. The best-known examples are queen Tiaa, the royal parents-in-law Yuya and Tjuyu, and the “child of the nursery,” Maiherperi. Typologically the structures can be categorized in tombs accessible by stairs and shaft tombs. The nonroyal tombs in the valley are systematically uninscribed and undecorated, a phenomenon that raises questions concerning possible cult practice. Only recently has scientific interest been devoted to these sepulchers.
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