Go to the Egyptian Dreams shop
Egyptian Dreams
Ancient Egypt Discussion Board
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

What happened to Amarna?

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Egyptian Dreams Forum Index -> Evidence from Amarna
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
dzama923
Scribe
Scribe


Joined: 15 Jul 2014
Posts: 369
Location: Stamford, Connecticut

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:18 pm    Post subject: What happened to Amarna? Reply with quote

I need a book that tells the history of Amarna. It seems to me, from what I heard a time that was short lived. Can someone give me a synopsis of why it was destroyed?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Montuhotep88
Priest
Priest


Joined: 12 Dec 2008
Posts: 570
Location: Central Ohio

PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really wasn't so much destroyed as abandoned... and as the years went by, mudbrick decayed and stone was taken for other purposes (such as building at Hermopolis, and, much later, limestone was burned in lime kilns).
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lutz
Pharaoh
Pharaoh


Joined: 02 Sep 2007
Posts: 4187
Location: Berlin, Germany

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barry Kemp : The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti - Amarna and its People. - London : Thames and Hudson, 2012. - 320 pp., 340 ill.

Richard Bußmann : Review - Barry Kemp, City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti - Amarna and its People, 2012. - In: Cambridge Archaeological Journal 23-3. - 2013. - pp. 557 - 559. - [PDF - 1 MB].
_________________
Ägyptologie Forum (German)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Montuhotep88
Priest
Priest


Joined: 12 Dec 2008
Posts: 570
Location: Central Ohio

PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have that one on order, but it's been delayed... apparently on back-order.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lutz
Pharaoh
Pharaoh


Joined: 02 Sep 2007
Posts: 4187
Location: Berlin, Germany

PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

find-more-books.com
_________________
Ägyptologie Forum (German)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
dzama923
Scribe
Scribe


Joined: 15 Jul 2014
Posts: 369
Location: Stamford, Connecticut

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, wow, that is interesting. I saw a documentary that said they found pieces of the temples buried away, and maybe even in the pillars of temples. They said it was destoryed by the priesthood that wanted the bid for power. The mudbrick buildings deteriorating is interesting, though. The temples weren't made out of mudbrick, though. The temples could have been destroyed, and the mudbrick buildings abandoned. That might be what the directors were thinking.
Still, it is sad that so much discrepancies can arise, and contradictions, too. I like to assume we have good information, but it seems like we do not. This is troubling to me. This is, also, a completely new view of history for me, that it was abandoned. It reminds me of the Mayan culture, that had its peak and then the people abandoned their cities, aparently, going north to settle in present day America.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lutz
Pharaoh
Pharaoh


Joined: 02 Sep 2007
Posts: 4187
Location: Berlin, Germany

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amarna Project and Amarna Trust ---> Downloadable Resources
_________________
Ägyptologie Forum (German)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Nefer-Ankhe
Scribe
Scribe


Joined: 29 Nov 2012
Posts: 166

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The book Lutz recommended by Barry Kemp is amazing and always one of the first books I recommend people that want an accurate and unbiased synopsis of Amarna.

Ultimately after Akhenaten died there was nothing keeping people there. Officials moved back to Waset (Thebes) with Tutankhamun, and naturally, others followed suit. The landscape was rather difficult to maintain pleasant living conditions also, as evident by the examination of burial remains in Amarna.

Afterward, Amarna was plundered for all it was worth, hidden family treasures were dug up and stolen, bricks/talatat were taken to use on other building projects, and Akhetaten became a distant memory essentially forgotten until rediscovered in the late 19th century.

Hope this helps,

Nefer.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
karnsculpture
Scribe
Scribe


Joined: 27 May 2010
Posts: 396

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horemheb who followed deconstructed the Aten temples and used them as filler or with blocks turned around on later construction work. The same followed under later kings during the 19th Dynasty. There is evidence of statues being destroyed and images of Akhenaten in particular, and his name, being delibrately removed or damaged. The city itself was just abandoned when the court it appears under Tutankhamun moved to Memphis. I'm basing that opinion on the fact that a good number of senior courtiers under Tutankhamun built tombs there. However no doubt the court was also based at Thebes as it remained a major centre of activity, particularly religious.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Lutz
Pharaoh
Pharaoh


Joined: 02 Sep 2007
Posts: 4187
Location: Berlin, Germany

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

karnsculpture wrote:
Horemheb who followed deconstructed the Aten temples and used them as filler or with blocks turned around on later construction work. ...


Egyptian Dreams Forum Index -> Pharaohs and Queens -> Tutankhamun`s palace (Dec 27, 2009)

Lutz wrote:
... Haremhab let at least one statue of itself as king establish in the sanctuary of the Great Temple of the Aton (see links to British Museum [EA 58468 - Part of the limestone base of a figure of Horemheb]). That means really far more than "some sort of administration" or guarding a stone quarry ...


Katherine Griffis-Greenberg (neseret) in the same thread (Dec 22, 2009) :

neseret wrote:
... I'm not sure why anyone is arguing that "Amarna was torn down by Tutankhamun and Ankhsenamun". That's simply not true.

Barry Kemp has shown that the Amarna city was still extant during the reign of Ramses II, due to artefacts found within the city, particularly in the workers' village. See Kemp's Amarna Reports on this evidence. ...

_________________
Ägyptologie Forum (German)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Lutz
Pharaoh
Pharaoh


Joined: 02 Sep 2007
Posts: 4187
Location: Berlin, Germany

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M.L. Bierbrier : The British Museum - Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae etc. - Part 10. - London : British Museum Publications, 1982. - Page 9 / Plate 1.2 + 2.2 :


_________________
Ägyptologie Forum (German)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Egyptian Dreams Forum Index -> Evidence from Amarna All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group