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Current Excavations

A lot of slow but exciting discoveries are being made at Amarna and the Valley of the Kings. Here I list the relevant excavations and what's been happening lately:

  • Tell el-Amarna: Barry Kemp and the Egypt Exploration Society are in charge of the site of the former Akhetaten. They have been doing some re-construction, and have been collecting valuable information on the glass and textile industries, among other things, subject matter previously overlooked by the archaeologists concerned with impressive statuary. Find out more...

  • Amarna Royal Tombs Project: There has been much talk lately about finding Nefertiti or Akhenaten's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. It looks quite possible that a few feet below the level reached in this past season by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, there lies a previously unexcavated tomb! (See recent Amarna Discussion, Kings Valley Tomb Project). Under direction of Egyptologist Dr Nicholas Reeves, excavations continue. Find out more...

  • New Kingdom Tombs: In 1996, several New Kingdom tombs were unearthed at Saqquara, most notably the tomb of Tutankhamun's wet-nurse, Maya. The tomb, still being excavated, may help clear up longstanding questions about Tutankahmun's parentage and history. Find out more...

  • The Akhenaten Temple Project: This is not exactly an excavation. The Temples of Akhenaten at Karnak were disassembled in Ancient Times into many small stone blocks dubbed talatat, and now scholars are trying, with the help of computers, to piece back together the incredible reliefs of the temple walls. Find out more...

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