Tell el-Amarna

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Tell el-Amarna is situated in middle Egypt and is the location of the New Kingdom city of Akhetaten, founded by Akhenaten in c. 1347BC as the cult home for the Aten. Occupied only briefly, it is our most complete example of an ancient Egyptian city, at which a contemporaneous urban landscape of cult and ceremonial buildings, palaces, houses, cemeteries and public spaces has been exposed. It is an invaluable source for the study of both Akhenaten’s reign and of ancient Egyptian urbanism. The site has an extensive excavation history, and work continues there today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology
EditorsWilleke Wendrich, Jacco Dieleman, Elizabeth Frood, John Baines
Place of PublicationBerkeley CA USA
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Amarna studies

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