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Tutankhamen as a Teacher What does the tomb of Tutankhamen and its contents show about the Egyptian concern for the afterlife Tutakhamens tomb and the artifacts inside are an indication of the concern the Ancient Egyptians held for the after-life of their king On the 26th of Nov 1922 the English archaeologist Howard Carter opened the virtually intact tomb of a largely unknown pharaoh Tutankhamen This was the first and the finest royal tomb found in the history of Egyptology It took almost a decade of meticulous and painstaking work to empty the tomb of Tutankhamen Around 3500 individual items were recovered When the Burial Chamber of Tutankhamen was officially opened on 17 February 1923 the Antechamber had been emptied It had taken near fifty days to empty the Antechamber the time required to dismantle and restore the contents of the Burial Chamber including the gilded wooden and the sarcophagus was to be greater and the work was not completed until November 1930 eight years after the original discovery One must examine both the tomb itself and its contents to see the connection between the tombs and burial rituals and the doctrine of eternal life The royal tombs were not merely homes in the hereafter for the kings as are the private tombs of commoners and nobility Instead the tombs are cosmological vehicles of rebirth and deification as much as houses of eternity As the king is supposed to become Osiris in a far more intimate way than commoners he is equipped with his very own Underworld And as the king is supposed to become R in a way entirely unavailable to commoners he is equipped with his very own passage of the sun whether this is thought of as the way through the underworld or through the heavens Tutankhamons tomb hurriedly prepared for the premature death of the king at the age of only about 18 is as Romer says a hole in
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