Monday, September 18, 2006

Exhibition: Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has announced a new exhibition, running from November 12, 2006 - October 2007 entitled Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun: "Tutankhamun, ancient Egypt's most famous pharaoh (ca. 1332 to 1322 BCE), grew up in the royal court at Akhetaten (modern Tell el-Amarna). This royal city, located in a previously uninhabited stretch of desert, existed only a short time. It hardly survived the death of its founder, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun’s probable father, who introduced the belief in a single deity, the disk of the sun, called the Aten. The Egyptians abandoned both the new religion and the new city, and Tutankhamun led his people back to the traditional beliefs.The University of Pennsylvania Museum has a considerable collection of artifacts from this significant period, including many from 1920s excavations of Amarna. Now it has formed a special exhibition with more than 100 artifacts."
See the above pages for more information (the second address has a full description).

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