Maru Aten and North Palace (Episode 125b)

A Guided Tour.

Today, we visit two monuments belonging to Meritaten, eldest daughter of pharaoh. The Maru Aten (south) and North Palace (north) provide glimpses at the luxurious life of royalty in Akhet-Aten / Amarna. In a special tour, we visit two monuments for a princess of ancient Egypt.

 

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Maru Aten model (Whetton & Grosch).
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Plan of the Maru Aten (Peet and Woolley 1923).
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Decorated column of the Maru Aten, reconstructed ((Peet and Woolley 1923).
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Maru Aten model (Whetton & Grosch).
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Elevation plan of the shrine at North-East corner of Maru Aten (Peet and Woolley 1923).
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T-shaped pools near the Maru Aten shrine (Peet and Woolley 1923).
119. Maru Aten (zoomed and sharpened)
Decorations of Maru Aten (Peet and Woolley 1923).
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Excavations at Maru Aten (Peet and Woolley 1923, digitally up-scaled).
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Model of the North Palace (Whetton & Grosch).
125b. North Palace schematic PNG (pinterest)
Our tour route.
125b. North Palace decoration (Kemp 2012) (1)
Design elements from the North Palace, digitally restored to the mud brick walls (Kemp 2012).
125b. North Palace decoration (Kemp 2012) (2)
Reconstruction of design elements in North Palace throne room, based on recovered fragments (Kemp 2012).
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The first, western sections of the North Palace: Window of Appearances (hyptothetical), shrines (bottom left), and animal quarters (bottom right), (Whetton & Grosch).
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The central pool/basin of the North Palace, looking towards the west / entrance (Whetton & Grosch).
125b. North Palace (Chris Ward) (1)
The pool and servants’ quarters at the northeast corner of the North Palace (Photo Chris Ward 2019).
125b. North Palace (Chris Ward) (2)
The pillared hall, waiting room and throne room (bottom left) of the North Palace (Photo Chris Ward 2019).
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Looking into the royal apartments… (1) the princess’ bedchamber and sleeping platform, (2) the white plaster wall of the washing chamber, restored from original (Photo Chris Ward 2019).
125b. North Palace name of Meritaten (Newton 1924)
Stone block naming Merit-Aten, from the North Palace (Newton 1924).
125b. North Palace animal mangers (Newton 1924) 1
Animal “mangers” from the North Palace (Newton 1924).
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Animal decorations from the North Palace (Newton 1924).
125b. North Palace frescoes (Newton 1924)
Animal decorations from the North Palace (Newton 1924).
125b. North Palace trees (Newton 1924)
Tree pits from the North Palace (Newton 1924).

 

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Bibliography

Badawy, Alexander. ‘Maru-Aten: Pleasure Resort or Temple?’ The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 42 (1956): 58–64.

Kemp, Barry J. ‘Tell El-Amarna, Spring 2011’. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97 (2011): 1–9.

———. The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People. First paperback edition. London: Thames & Hudson, 2014. Read online at archive.org

Newton, F.G. “Excavations at El-’Amarnah, 1923-24.” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 10 (1924): 289–98. Read for free at JSTOR.org

Amarna Project. ‘North Palace’, https://www.amarnaproject.com/pages/amarna_the_place/north_palace/index.shtml.

Peet, T. E., and C. Leonard Woolley. The City of Akhenaten, Volume I. London: Egypt Exploration Society, 1923.

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Atef Gomaa says:

    Great professional work

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