Object 6: Writing Reeds

A plain, wooden pack of reeds with two blobs of ink and a fancier gold one, these additions to Tutankhamun's tomb look like the pen packs of ancient Egypt. I can almost see them sitting in a shop somewhere, tossed into Tut's Underworld survival bag much like the ones my mom dropped into my college suitcase. Did it actually happen that way? Perhaps not. Still, the idea that the people of legends were ordinary is very appealing, and probably not as far from the truth as we would think.