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Excavation & Archaeology

We live in a time of careful egyptology. Gone are the days of shovels and hurry; now the hero of the archaeological site is the trowel and brush, with every cup of waste dirt sieved carefully through metal screens. Every item, no matter how insignificant a shard of pottery or broken mud-brick, is documented and sketched, photographed and recorded before the next centimetre of dirt can be removed. As such, discoveries are slow, sometimes excruciatingly so. But also gone are the days of lost data in the haste to uncover colossal statues and dig up stunning museum pieces. However, the archaeological history of Tell el-Amarna, not always so carefully executed, is a good story, full of intrigue, mystery and excitement.

(Image source: Peet, T. Eric, C. Leonard Woolley, The City of Akhenaten, Part 1: Excavations of 1921 and 1922 at El-'Amarneh, Thirty-Eighth Memoir of The Egypt Exploration Society, Egypt Exploration Society, 1923.)

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