What can be learnt from the contents of Tutankhamen's tomb about the main concerns and activities of the Pharaoh?.
The main concerns and activities of the Pharaoh's life and their way of living in the past can be determined from the contents of Tutankhamen's tomb. These concerns and activities of the Pharaoh's of the Egyptian life were perceived as leadership, after-life, communication, family, religion and protection.
It had been the practice of ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to be buried in royal tombs with the bulk of their resplendent earthly belongings to ensure safe passage to, and well being in, the after-world. Elaborate measures were taken to fortify their death chambers and protect them from grave robbers bold enough to risk the vengeance of the spirits. Burial galleries were mined in secrecy, false passages constructed, rubble piled floor-to-ceiling against the ponderous doors to the burial chambers, interior rooms bolted shut, and statues of feared animal gods placed to guard the doors, but Tutankhamen's tomb was unlike any others. It was unfinished. The 18-year old boy king appears to have died at an early age and all possessions of him thrown into his burial chamber. Just as many other Pharaoh's tomb's their were dark secrets to be found and one of them found that seemed to concern the Pharaoh's of Egypt, was the way they presented their burial chambers.
So what does the tomb of Tutankhamen and its contents show about the Egyptian concern for the afterlife? Tutakhamen's tomb and the artifacts inside are an indication of the concern the Ancient Egyptians held for the after-life of their king.
The Mysterious Pharaoh of Tutankhamen was not an important Pharaoh, or a successful one. However, he is the most famous Pharaoh, due to the discovery of his tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922. The young Pharaoh's tomb may not have been the biggest, most elaborate tomb, but he and his family had at their command the wealth of the greatest period of Egyptian history.