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Excavations of the Northern Cemetery at Amarna

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:36 pm    Post subject: Excavations of the Northern Cemetery at Amarna Reply with quote

Just came across this story about excavations in Amarna by a joint team from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the Amarna Project.
The article mentions Anna Stevens (associated with the British Museum) who is an assistant director of the Amarna Project.

The joint team will be excavating some of the smaller pit tombs in the north of the city.
If I am understanding this correctly they are working on some of the cemeteries of the common people who lived and died in Amarna.

The excavations will run for 3 years (2015-2017) so there are no results yet, but the announcement is a nice write up.
Happy to hear they will be funding more excavations and research.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The Amarna Project"

"Excavating the North Cemeteries at Amarna"

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Help us to excavate the North Cemetery at Amarna

From 2006 to 2013, the Amarna Project excavated a burial ground for the non-elite people of Amarna (the South Tombs Cemetery). From the study of human remains to the discovery of painted coffins and unique funerary stelae, the work has revolutionised our understanding of Akhenaten's city. In early 2015, we aim to build on this research by starting excavations at a group of cemeteries at the north end of the site, which collectively form Amarna's other main public burial ground.

The Amarna cemeteries offer a unique opportunity to investigate the life experiences of an ancient population whose lives we can date to a specific moment in time and whose city we can still see. The Amarna Cemeteries Project is one of the most important research excavations currently taking place in Egypt.

Yet the cemeteries are vulnerable. Robbers' trenches pit the North Cemeteries and looted bone and potsherds are scattered across the desert surface. Fieldwork is urgently needed to record what remains.

Can you help?

With limited research funding available for archaeological fieldwork, we appeal to you for support. Your donation will be used to help cover the costs of specialists' transport and accommodation, local support staff and disseminating the fieldwork results to the public and scholars alike.
No donation is too small – every little bit makes a difference.

Thank you for your interest in our work.

– The Amarna Project Team.

PS. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the Amarna Trust.

Greetings, Lutz.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The North Tombs Cemetery 2015" (Report of the 2015 excavation season from 30 March – 7 May)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading the report, along with the previous years reports is definitely making me think about how tough on the population the immense amount of work bulding a city so quickly must have caused. Children doing manual labour from a young age - where did they come from?
Akhenaten is starting to look like some kind of tyrant to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

karnsculpture wrote:
Children doing manual labour from a young age - where did they come from?
Akhenaten is starting to look like some kind of tyrant to me.


Indeed. Confused
It reminds me Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
The children were likely Egyptian peasants, collectively "recruited" with their parents and relatives.
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