The artefacts found in Tutankhamun’s tomb reveal a great deal about how the young boy King lived and died as Pharaoh of Egypt in the 18th Dynasty. The sources and artefacts directly link to how Tutankhamun lived, shown by his personal and marriage life, and his achievements as King. Not only did the sources and artefacts help portray how Tutankhamun lived but they also help to unravel the mysteries of how he may have died.
Body 1- Personal/Marriage
Historians have learnt a great deal about Tut’s personal life and marriage through studying the various artefacts in his tomb. Tut was married to his half-sister Ankhesenamun. This was a common practice amongst Egyptian royals as they wanted to keep the blood line pure. Figure 8.10 is a chair panel on the Golden Throne, depicting the young Pharaoh Tut and his wife Ankhesenamun. This artefact shows the loving affection between husband and wife, where Ankhesenamun is touching Tut’s arm. Another artefact that clearly shows this relationship is the lamp found in the antechamber. These artefacts clearly reveal a personal and intimate portion of Tutankhamun’s life.
Body 2- Warrior Pharaoh/ Military
By studying the artefacts in Tutankhamun’s tomb, historians have a greater understanding of the boy King’s military life and his portrayal of a Warrior Pharaoh. An inscription on the artefact in figure 8.9 referred to Tutankhamun as ‘A Possessor of strength who tramples hundreds of thousands, who makes them into a pile of corpses’, this immediately creates an idea that Tut was a warrior. It is the pharaoh’s duty to defeat the enemy forces and to establish and maintain order throughout Egypt. Figure 8.9 is a Painted Wooden Chest revealing battle scenes on both sides of the chest. The lid of the chest depicts Tutankhamun hunting wild animals, and the smaller sides portray Tut as a sphinx treading upon his enemies. The main battle scenes showing Tutankhamun driving a chariot and shooting arrows at the enemy clearly...