Death and the City: The Cemeteries of Amarna in Their Urban Context

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Burial grounds are increasingly being considered as components of lived urban environments in the past. This paper considers how the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaten, built by king Akhenaten (c. 1349-1332 bc), was constructed and experienced as a space inhabited both by the living and the dead. Drawing upon results from ongoing excavations at the burial grounds of the general population, it considers how the archaeological record of the settlement and its cemeteries segue and explores how the nature of burial landscapes and the need to maintain reflexive relationships between the living and the dead in the midst of a changing religious milieu contributed to the unique character of Akhetaten as a city. It asks what kind of city Akhetaten was, and what it was like to live through the Amarna period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-126
Number of pages24
JournalCambridge Archaeological Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Amarna studies

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