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Fragments of Amarna architecture that will form one of the displays.

Dr Yasmin El-Shazly launches the project at a workshop held at the Amarna Visitor Centre in April 2018.

Community and archaeology at Amarna: Delivering sustainable heritage strategies for rural Egypt

Launched in late 2017, Community and Archaeology at Amarna is a site management initiative undertaken in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and funded by the Newton-Mosharafa Institutional Links Fund (British Council) and a  University of Cambridge Arts and Humanities Impact Award. It seeks to address the increasing loss of antiquities land at Amarna and develop the potential of the Amarna Visitor Centre to play a greater role in engaging local audiences and raising awareness of the site. In the UK, the project seeks to improve understanding of ancient Egyptian history among primary-school aged audiences.

Working closely with staff at the Visitor Centre, the project will see the development of:

The Amarna Visitor Centre has a range of teaching resources and is regularly visited by local school groups.

  • Outreach programmes at the Visitor Centre
  • A suite of educational and visitor resources, including a guidebook, children’s book and short film
  • A site management plan

Project team

University of Cambridge/Amarna Project:

  • Kate Spence (PI)
  • Gemma Tully
  • Anna Stevens
  • Barry Kemp
  • Oliver Wilkins

A workshop with local children gave the opportunity to hear their thoughts on ancient Amarna and what they'd like to know more about.

Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities:

  • Yasmin El-Shazly (PI)
  • Rasha Kamal
  • Amr El-Tibei
  • Shreen Amin
  • Nagwa Bakr
  • Mohammed Abd El Fattah


The first steps towards developing a set of new Arabic-English information panels for the archaeological site.

Amarna Visitor Centre on Facebook

Progress & updates

Spring 2018

In April 2018, the project was launched at Amarna at a workshop at the Visitor Centre, where local and regional MoA staff contributed ideas on training needs and the development of events and resources. A follow up meeting was held with Visitor Centre staff to further discuss potential audiences and gather ideas for educational outputs.

‘Test-driving’ the new Guidebook manuscript in the Central City.

Planning is now underway for a training programme for Visitor Centre staff in visitor engagement and site management. In addition, site inspections allowed for an initial assessment of visitor pressures, local infrastructure, conditions, threats and opportunities for the site. This will provide the basis of a comprehensive site management plan, updating a previous conservation and development plan produced in the mid-1990s (David Phillips Associates 1995, Tell al Amarna: a strategy for conservation and development. Shropshire).

Autumn 2018

November/December 2018 saw a further period of work at Amarna. We focussed on developing the outreach resources, particularly the Site Signage, Guidebook and Children's Book texts. These outputs will now be edited and put into production. Site inspections and consultations with local stakeholders allowed for the further development of the Site Management Plan.

A set of teaching resources were also delivered to the Visitor Centre to assist with future training & outreach development, including a children’s sandpit for learning about archaeological excavation.


G. Tully and A. Stevens, forthcoming. ‘Site management’ in B. Kemp ‘Tell el-Amarna, autumn 2017 and spring 2018’, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.


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