The Significance of Tutankhamun's Tomb

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The young king Tutankhamun was previously regarded as an inconsequential ruler of the 18th dynasty in the new kingdom of Ancient Egypt until the discovery of his tomb, which sparked a worldwide fascination with the life and death of this previously obscure figure. His nearly fully intact tomb was discovered by Howard Carter and his archaeological team in 1922. This tomb generated countless questions and ideas about the life and death of Tutankhamun (Tut). The wall paintings and the artefacts found in the tomb, as well as the pharaoh’s body itself allowed numerous theories to be developed as to how King Tut led his life. However, through historical and scientific research, many of the ideas conveyed by the tomb were proven to be false. This has led to many misconceptions about the life and death of Tutankhamun. The tomb provides a story on Tut, a story that may not be entirely true. History has uncovered the truth, and determined that the tale being told by King Tut’s tomb is merely how he wanted to be perceived. It is the legacy that lives on after his death. However, the reality is somewhat different. The real Tutankhamun, the boy king, led quite a different life, despite what was suggested by his tomb. At first glance of the tomb, King Tut’s legacy is displayed. The legacy is the perception of himself that the pharaoh left behind in the wake of his death. However, when the façade is pulled back, an entirely different figure is shown; the real Tutankhamun. Upon entering the tomb, the northern wall can immediately be glimpsed. The mural covering the wall depicts three different scenes. In one scene, Tut is identified in the form of Osiris, the God of the afterlife. In another, a young Tut is greeted by the Goddess Nut. In the third scene, Tut is portrayed embracing Osiris. The southern wall carries a painting of the Goddess Isis, and again King Tut, who is

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