KV -38 , Tomb of Tuthmosis I ,

discovered by Victor Loret in March 1899.

At one time it was thought that this was the original tomb of Tuthmosis I, but the accpeted theory now is that this was tomb built for Tuthmosis I by his grandson Tuthmosis III

Tomb description:

The tomb itself is quite modest is size (it is situated on the opposite side of the Valley to Tuthmosis I's previous tomb KV20). The burial hall is shaped in the form of a cartouche, this was once decorated with pen-drawn Amduat and Khekher-frieze (sadly any decoration in the tomb has been almost completely destroyed by flooding).

Tuthmosis I was buried in a new sarcophagus and canopic chest, other finds from the tomb include an alabaster jar of Tuthmosis I made for him by Tuthmosis II.

KV38 and the 21st Dynasty

An hieratic graffito found at the tomb records when officials of the late 20th / early 21st dynasties entered the tomb (not only to check the state of the tomb and remove the king to a safer burial, but also to have use of the funerary goods within):

"1st month of akkhet-season, day 13, coming by Meniunufer [to] open [the tomb of] Aakheperkare..."

The two wooden coffins of Tuthmosis I (held within the sarcophagus) were also removed and these were found within the Royal cache of TT320. The coffins were inscribed with the name of Pinudjem I (21st dynasty), but on closer inspection were found to hold an 18th Dynasty mummy (this mummy has been identified with Tuthmosis I, but this identification does have its detractors - for more information see the Tuthmosis I - cache page).

Reconstruction of the wooden coffin of Tuthmosis I usurped by Pinudjem I