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Welcome to the website of the Amarna Project
The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.
Working with the agreement and co-operation of the Egyptian government, and in particular the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Amarna Project seeks to:
- Explore by archaeology the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context
- Preserve what is left of the ancient city
- Promote study and recording of the history, archaeology and traditional life and crafts of the surrounding region
- Increase public knowledge, at all levels, of the city of Amarna and of the surrounding region
Help us to excavate the cemeteries of Amarna
From 2006 to 2013, the Amarna Project excavated a burial ground for the non-elite of Amarna (the South Tombs Cemetery). From the study of human remains to the discovery of painted coffins and funerary stelae, the work revolutionised our understanding of Amarna. In early 2015, we aim to build on this research by starting excavations at Amarna's other main cemetery. The Amarna cemeteries offer a unique opportunity to investigate the life experiences of an ancient population. Yet they are vulnerable. Pitted by robbers' trenches, looted bone and potsherds are scattered across each site. Fieldwork is urgently needed to record what remains.
Can you help?
Your donation will be used to help cover the costs of transport and accommodation for volunteer excavators, local support staff and disseminating the fieldwork results.
Help us to save the Great Aten Temple
The Great Aten Temple lies beside a rapidly expanding modern village and is under immediate threat of encroachment. The Amarna Trust has now launched a major reclamation project to protect and partly rebuild the temple, a building of unique historical, cultural and spiritual value.
Can you help out?
Your donation through our online fundraising page will be put towards costs of specialist staff, building materials and transport.
No donation is too small – every little bit makes a difference.
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