Title Tomb of Merenptah
Type Astronomical Representation
Decan List Family AR2
EAT3 Number and Name 13 Merneptah B
EAT3 Pages and Plates 22, Pl 8
EAT3 Decan List Family Seti I C
Publications Theban Mapping Project
Location Ceiling of Burial Chamber J in the tomb of Merenptah, KV 8, Valley of the Kings
Date 19th dynasty
Registers 2
Circumpolar Group and Deities Yes: traces of attendent deities are preserved

Superior:  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars

Inferior:  Mercury, Venus

Decan Names Yes, originally but none is preserved
Decanal Stars Yes
Personifications of the Decans No
Cluster Numbers None preserved
Depictions of Decanal Constellations None preserved
Decanal Deity Names Yes
Decanal Deity Figures Yes
Lunar Months No
Civil Months No
Nut No

The ceiling is painted on a flat ceiling.  It is heavily damaged.


 The layout is identical to that in the Tomb of Sety I, but the orientation to the cardinal points is different.  The whole ceiling is damaged (not indicated on the schematic) but the plan can be discerned.

 13MerneptahB schematic

Legend for Schematic
C Circumpolar group of constellations
A Circumpolar attendant deities
D Decans
P Planets
 Hippo symbol

Location and orientation of the circumpolar hippo

 Human symbol 

Indicates the starting point and directionality of list or procession of figures

Decan List

Neugebauer and Parker compared the disposition of the figures of the decanal deities to ascertain that the decan list was the same as that in the Tomb of Sety I except that it starts at 11 xntt Hrt.  No decan names are preserved, and even deity names are only preserved in the triangle.