KV63 in Context: V

For ARTP’s 2000 season the decision was taken to test this hypothesis by means of radar. The equipment employed was a custom-built 400 MHz system designed by our Japanese radar specialist, Hirokatsu Watanabe (Terra Information Co Ltd, Yokohama). A difficult technology to use because of the multiple reflections which tend to be generated, radar proved surprisingly accurate in the dry Valley terrain once calibrated to the site and its output correctly analysed.

Watanabe’s initial survey revealed within our concession several interesting sub-surface features.

Excavation in 2002 in the vicinity of one of these readings, beneath the tourist path above and between the tombs of Ramesses III and Horemheb (see plan, ARTP excavation area 4), yielded a massive cross-wall with integral, rock-cut shrine - a natural barrier which seems in antiquity to have served as a guard-post closing-off the central section of the Valley. Work at this area is yet to be completed.
Other blips on the radar screen during ARTP`s 2000 survey clearly indicated the presence of new tombs. And one of our blips (bottom right) was KV63, recently stumbled upon by Otto Schaden.

The subsurface profile of this tomb was established by ARTP and its likely nature logged. And, situated as it was squarely within the ARTP concession (see plan), the feature was slated by us for detailed investigation in due course.