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Biographical Text

Theodore Davis was born in New York and later began a career as an attorney. After amassing a large fortune, he moved to Newport, Rhode Island and built his estate named 'The Reef'. Beginning in 1902, Davis sponsored excavations in the Valley of the Kings under the Egyptian Antiquities Service with the help of famous archaeologists including Edward Aryton, Harry Burton, and Howard Carter. His sponsorship led to some of the most important archaeological discoveries in Egyptology with the excavations of KV45 (tomb of Queen TIye), KV47 (tomb of Horemheb), KV55 (the Amarna cache), and KV54 (Tutankhamen's embalming cache) along with dozens of other notable tombs.

Birth Date

May 7th 1838


Springfield, New York

Death Date

February 23, 1915


Amateur Antiquities dealer


The Tomb of Thoutmosis IV (1904)
The Tomb of Hatshopsitu (1906)
The Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou: Notes on Iouiya and Touiyou, description of the objects found in the tomb, and illustrations of the objects (1907)
The Tomb of Siphtah (1908)
The Tomb of Queen Tîyi (1910)
The Tombs of Harmhabi and Touatankhamanou (1912)
"The millionaire and the mummies: Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings," John Adams, accessed April 23rd 2015
"Theodore M Davis in the U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925,", accessed April 23rd, 2015.

Notable Family Members

Annie Davis, wife.

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“Davis, Theodore Montgomery,” The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project, accessed December 6, 2021,