The archaeology of Amarna

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Abstract

This essay assesses the body of archaeological research connected to the New Kingdom settlement site of Amarna (ancient Akhetaten), the short-lived capital of Egypt founded by king Akhenaten around 1347 BC as the cult centre for the solar god the Aten. Amarna, by far the largest exposure of pharaonic settlement to survive from Egypt, is unsurpassed as a case site for the study of ancient Egyptian urbanism and daily life. This essay provides an overview of the ancient city, evaluates past and ongoing excavations at the site, and summarizes the archaeological discourse on the city as a physical, functioning and experienced space.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbooks Online
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780199935413
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Archaeology
  • Egyptology
  • Amarna studies

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