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View along the axis of the Small Aten Temple in the Central City, towards the valley in the cliffs that leads to the Royal Tomb
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:

  • 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



The Amarna Project is supported by:

Amarna TrustAmarna Research Foundation


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Website first posted September 2000; last updated October 2017 | enquiries concerning website: email bjk2@cam.ac.uk