Join us online on July 17 to hear the

latest on research at Amarna

The Amarna Project is delighted to present an Online Fundraiser and Study Day

Saturday 17 July 2021

Hosted by Dr Chris Naunton

In partnership with the Amarna Trust

Sponsored by Ancient World Tours

Join us to hear the latest news from Amarna, and to support the Amarna Project as it researches

and helps to preserve Akhenaten’s ancient city.

Programme

15:00–17:30 (UK time), Saturday 17 July

online via Zoom

tickets: 10 GBP

to register please click here

for further information contact: bjk2@cam.ac.uk

15:00–16:00

  • Dr Anna Stevens – Equipping the dead: Perfume cones, pots and pendants

  • Miriam Bertram, MA – Great Aten Temple

  • Prof. Gretchen Dabbs – Was there an epidemic at Amarna?

  • Dr Anna Hodgkinson – Making glass beads at Amarna

16:00–17:00

  • Prof. Barry Kemp – City of gold, city of mud: Using one’s imagination at Amarna

17:00–17:30

  • Private Q&A session for members of the Amarna Trust’s Giving Circles

City of gold, city of mud: Using one’s imagination at Amarna

‘In my brother’s country gold is as plentiful as dust’ wrote King Tushratta of Mitanni to Akhenaten (Amarna Letter 19). The archaeology of Amarna gives us a very different picture: a place of mud bricks and potsherds. Because the city mostly preserves things that the occupants did not want to keep, the close study of what we find has the effect of impoverishing our vision of what it was like to be there. We need our imaginations to restore the balance. This lecture draws upon sources that point the imagination towards the richness and colour that the city once had. [Image credit: Paul Docherty]

Equipping the dead: Perfume cones, pots and pendants

Amarna’s cemeteries give a remarkable glimpse of the burial customs of Egypt’s non-elite. This talk will introduce the kinds of burial goods we encounter at these cemeteries – from the first archaeological examples of ‘perfume cones’ to small personal amulets – to ask: what did the dead take with them at Amarna?

Great Aten Temple

The layout of the temenos of the Great Aten Temple underwent several changes, as if the ancient architects were trying to make adjustments according to Akhenaten's instructions. This talk will introduce a recently discovered, tent-like structure at the front of the temple, which seems to have served the king as a temporary place of appearance. A 3D model by Paul Docherty helps to bring the evidence to life.

Was there an epidemic at Amarna?

Epidemic disease has often been cited as the cause of a series of royal deaths near the end of the Amarna Period. Administrative texts and the Plague Prayers of Hittite King Mursili II seem to support this assertion. This talk explores the biological evidence available from the skeletal remains from three non-elite cemeteries of the ancient city to address the possibility of epidemic disease at Akhetaten.

Making glass beads at Amarna

Glass beads were popular jewellery items in the New Kingdom. But where and how were they made? While glass-working waste occurs in many Amarna houses, associated ovens are not always evident. This talk explores the possibilities of producing glass beads in a rudimentary fire pit, which leaves only faint traces in the archaeological record, in contrast to a sophisticated workshop with complex firing structures.

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