Expert: Recent Egyptian Tomb Discovery of Non-Royal Singer in Valley of the Kings Completely Surprising

Archaeologists are stunned by the recent discovery of a non-royal singer’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings.


Archaeologists are stunned by the recent discovery of a non-royal singer’s tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. The woman, called Nehmes Bastet is the only tomb of a non-royal woman ever discovered there, according to experts. A Texas Tech archaeologist can discuss the importance of the findings.


Christopher Witmore, assistant professor of archaeology, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3145 or

Talking Points

  • There are other “non-royals” that were buried in the valley, such as Maiherpri. But these people are always notable, because they are not exactly common.
  • It was considered a great honor for anyone who attained burial in the Valley of the Kings, but they were always associated with the inner circles of royal family.
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  • In the case of Nehmes Bastet, who is known from an inscription in the tomb and not otherwise, we are in the 22nd Dynasty, which passes under what is conventionally referred to as the Third Intermediate Period.


  • “ Intermediate Periods are characterized by the breakdown of centralized power of a single ruler of upper and lower Egypt. The 22nd Dynasty stemmed from a line of great princes of the Meshwesh (Lybians). They ruled from Tanis, which was in the Delta at a distance from Thebes, where opposing Theban families periodically challenged their rule.
  • “There was a lot of strife between the rulers of Tanis and Theban families during this Dynasty. The Tanis Kings, such as Osorkon II, would periodically place family members in positions of power such as the high priest of Thebes.”
  • “The Valley of the Kings was chosen because of its proximity to the Nile and ease of protection with its high limestone walls. Even so, many tombs were robbed out by the Third Intermediate Period and one finds many reused for a variety of purposes at different times.”
  • “ KV-63, which was found in 2006, was used as a burial cache for empty coffins. By the Greco-Roman period they had become tourist attractions and cool places where people passed the day. Another former tomb, KV 3 was transformed into a Christian chapel during the Byzantine Period.”