From Akhenaten and Nefertiti to John Pendlebury and Mary Chubb

Tell el-Amarna is the name we give to the site of Akhetaten, the city founded by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten as the capital of his new Egypt. His story has proven to be one of the most captivating from anywhere in the ancient world and yet it was almost completely unknown until less than two hundred years ago.

Various travellers, expeditions and archaeologists have helped reveal the evidence for what happened in the relatively brief period of the city’s existence, and the contribution of the various EES expeditions in this is immense. In this talk Dr Chris Naunton looks at the site, some of its history and the work of those who have revealed Amarna to be one of the most important ancient sites in the world.

Dr Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist and author of 'Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt' available from Thames & Hudson. This talk was part of the EES online event programme launched during the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.