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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.

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

Links

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 locally 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.

Planning is now underway for a training programme for Visitor Centre staff in visitor engagement and site management in late 2018. 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).

References

David Phillips Associates, Tell al Amarna: a strategy for conservation and development (Shropshire, 1995).

 
 

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