Written and pictorial sources from Amarna make the ‘House of the Aten’ the centre of Akhenaten's cult of the sun, the Aten. In modern times it has been identified with a site in the centre of Amarna called the Great Aten Temple.
First excavated in 1932 by the Egypt Exploration Society, it has been the subject of a fresh examination by the Amarna Project since 2012. Two separate stone buildings — the Long Temple at the front and, to a lesser extent, the Sanctuary at the rear — provided monumental settings where the king and his family could celebrate sunrise in surroundings designed to display offerings on a large scale. They stood, however, within a designated space of far larger extent, most of it devoid of permanent structures.
Whilst one aim of the current work is to clean and make permanently visible the larger of the stone temples, simultaneously the huge outside spaces are being investigated to try to understand how they were used. The growing evidence charts a changing landscape of less formal usage, seemingly non-royal although the king's presence (signalled by a small palace) was a constant.
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The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.
The lecture is accompanied by the Annual Egyptological Colloquium 2019, “Amarna: The lived city”, on 19 and 20 September 2019
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-09-19 00:00 2019-09-19 00:00 Europe/London The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology - With Barry Kemp, Amarna Project A talk about the ongoing works at Amarna, the ‘House of the Aten’ the centre of Akhenaten's cult of the sun https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/09/19/the-raymond-and-beverly-sackler-distinguished-lecture-in-egyptology-with-barry-kemp-amarna-project-195864 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London