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View along the axis of the Small Aten Temple in the Central City, towards the valley in the cliffs that leads to the Royal Tomb

The Official Website of the Amarna Project


The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.


Mission Statement

Working with the agreement and co-operation of the Egyptian government, and in particular the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Amarna Project seeks to:

Explore by archaeology the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context

Preserve what is left of the ancient city

Promote study and recording of the history, archaeology and traditional life and crafts of the surrounding region

Increase public knowledge, at all levels, of the city of Amarna and of the surrounding region

Website first posted September 2000; last updated January 2008 | enquiries concerning website: email bjk2@cam.ac.uk

The Amarna Project is supported by the

click to go to the Amarna Trust site

The Amarna Trust is registered with
the Charity Commission as no. 1113058. Its registered address is:

The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge CB2 3ER
United Kingdom

It is also supported by, and works in conjunction with, the Egypt Exploration Society (see Funding and Support).