Building Quickly (Episode 115b)

Amarna (Part 4): Raising a City in Haste.

When Akhenaten demanded a new royal residence (Akhet-Aten), it fell to countless labourers, overseers and donkeys to gather the material needed for the city. Archaeologists scouring the landscape of Akhet-Aten and its neighbourhood have found a great deal of evidence for stone quarrying, ancient road networks, and even the rudimentary concrete used to strengthen buildings…

  • Date. c.1357 BCE
  • King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)
  • Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)

115b. Amarna Landscape (Chris Ward) square

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Music by Keith Zizza

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115b. Amarna Landscape (Chris Ward) border

The landscape of the Amarna hills (Photo: Chris Ward 2019).

115b. Gypsite Pits near Amarna (Harrell 2017) final

The gypsite pits, in the hills north-east of the city (Harrell 2017).


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Select Bibliography

Barry Kemp, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People, 2012.

W.M. Flinders Petrie, Tell el Amarna, 1894.

James A. Harrell, “Amarna gypsite: A new source of gypsum for ancient Egypt,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (2016).  DOI:

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