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