Tell el Amarna


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Tell el Amarna

(ˈtɛl ɛl əˈmɑːnə)
n
(Placename) a group of ruins and rock tombs in Upper Egypt, on the Nile below Asyut: site of the capital of Amenhotep IV, built about 1375 bc; excavated from 1891 onwards
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The truth is that in the fifth year of his reign, Akhnaten moved his court from Thebes, for centuries the seat of pharaonic power, to the newly built Akhetaten, halfway down the Nile the Tell el Amarna of Barry Kemp''s book (The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti - Amarna and its people) where he drifted into megalomania, declining to listen to any opinion but his own, and approving of sculptured bas reliefs, which show the golden disc of Aten, reaching down to him and his queen, in a strikingly haunting concept, with each beam of light ending in a miniature human hand.
'At no period, therefore, can we place the power of Egypt higher than it was under Amenhotep III, lord of the two great cradles of civilization, the narrow valley of the Nile, and the plains and highlands of Mesopotamia.' (Syria and Egypt From the Tell El Amarna Letters by W.M.
In 1930 five young archaeologists, led by the charismatic John Pendlebury, embarked on an expedition to Egypt to investigate the site of Tell el Amarna. They were accompanied by a secretary, on her first trip to Egypt, whose task it was to chronicle the dig.