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Amarna Project

The Amarna Project seeks to explore the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna and its historical context, reserve what is left of it, promote study and recording of its history, archaeology and traditional life.

Tell el-Amarna (or Amarna) was the short-lived ancient Egyptian capital city built by Pharaoh Akhenaten and deserted after his death. It was in Amarna that Akhenaten pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the Aten. 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.

The director of the Amarna Project and the chairman of the Amarna Trust is Prof. Barry Kemp (University of Cambridge, UK). He has directed excavation and archaeological survey at Amarna for the Egypt Exploration Society since 1977.