The shafts in the second pillared hall
(YE and YF)
the north-west corner of the second pillared hall a rectangular opening
in the floor leads to oriental (YE) and central (YF) shafts and to the
corridor (YF.A1) through which the deepest rooms of the tomb can be
reached. According to Eigner (Die
monumentalen Grabbauten der Spätzeit in der Thebanischen Nekropole,
Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen
Archäologischen Institutes VI, Wien 1984, p. 135, abb. 106),
the opening had been originally planned to contain a staircase that
would have led to the corridor YF.A1. Shaft YF and perhaps YE too, would
have been hidden under the steps, as with the burial of Montuemhat’s son
Nesiptah, discovered in the middle of the 1990s under a staircase in the
tomb of his father (TT 34).
staircase in the tomb of Harwa was never carried out and the digging out
of the shafts YE and YF was abandoned.
the beginning of the season we began emptying shaft YF, at the bottom of
which lie two vast rooms that open eastward (YE.A2) and northward
(YE.A3), and which was not completely filled with debris. The
archaeological situation inside the two rooms appeared to be much
disturbed by several tomb robbers’ intrusions at dates which are almost
impossible to ascertain. Hundreds of sun-dried mud shabtys of poor
workmanship have been recovered in both rooms. These were found in
greater concentration in YE.A3, whose floor level is 80 cm lower than
that of YE.A2. This would seem to indicate that YE.A2 was cut later than
YE.A3, enlarging the shaft in an easterly direction.
of fayence amulets in shape of sons of Horus, two wings of a
heart-scarab and innumerable fayence beads coming from mummy-nets have
been recovered in YE.A3. Fragments of a coffin decorated with rosettes
were uncovered on the surface of the debris in YE.A2. That would suggest
that shaft YE had been used as a burial place during the Greco-Roman
period. This is made more likely by the discovery of fragments of a
papyrus against the western wall of the bottom of the shaft (YE.A1).
They bear remains of vignettes and a hieratic text that can be dated to
the period between the end of the Ptolemaic and the beginning of the
Roman period (Fig.