Photograph of Akhenaten statue, Egyptian Museum Cairo, courtesy of Mohamed Gabr
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Amarna 20 Year Anniversary

2017 marked 40 years of continuous archaeological work at Amarna. Visit our anniversary website celebrating this milestone.

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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.

Mission Statement

Working with the agreement and co-operation of the Egyptian government, and in particular the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Amarna Project seeks to:



The Amarna Project is supported by:

Amarna TrustAmarna Research Foundation


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