The 'House of the Aten' at Amarna: whose needs did it serve and how?
The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Egyptology - With Barry Kemp, Amarna Project

Thursday 19 September 2019,
18.00–20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £30
Members/Concessions £25
Ticket Prices (concessions: BM Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, Sudan Archaeological, Research Society members, Amarna Trust Circle Members): • Colloquium: £75 (£45) • Sackler lecture and reception: £30 (£25) • Joint ticket (Sackler lecture and colloquium): £85 (£60) • Undergraduate and postgraduate students (UK universities): £30 for joint ticket Prices include a donation towards the work of the Amarna Project

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Written and pictorial sources from Amarna make the ‘House of the Aten’ the centre of Akhenaten's cult of the sun, the Aten. In modern times it has been identified with a site in the centre of Amarna called the Great Aten Temple.

First excavated in 1932 by the Egypt Exploration Society, it has been the subject of a fresh examination by the Amarna Project since 2012. Two separate stone buildings — the Long Temple at the front and, to a lesser extent, the Sanctuary at the rear — provided monumental settings where the king and his family could celebrate sunrise in surroundings designed to display offerings on a large scale. They stood, however, within a designated space of far larger extent, most of it devoid of permanent structures.

Whilst one aim of the current work is to clean and make permanently visible the larger of the stone temples, simultaneously the huge outside spaces are being investigated to try to understand how they were used. The growing evidence charts a changing landscape of less formal usage, seemingly non-royal although the king's presence (signalled by a small palace) was a constant.

In collaboration with the Amarna Project

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.

The lecture is accompanied by the Annual Egyptological Colloquium 2019, “Amarna: The lived city”, on  19 and 20 September 2019

Ticket Prices

Prices include a donation towards the work of the Amarna Project.

Standard

  • Colloquium: £75
  • Sackler lecture and reception: £30
  • Joint ticket (Sackler lecture and colloquium): £85

Concessions

Concession ticket prices are available for:
British Museum Members, Egypt Exploration Society members, British Egyptian Society members, Sudan Archaeological Research Society members.

  • Colloquium: £45
  • Sackler lecture and reception: £25
  • Joint ticket (Sackler lecture and colloquium): £60

UK universities

Joint ticket (Sackler lecture and colloquium) are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students of UK universities for £30.

Age: 18+


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Visualisation of the Great Aten Temple by Paul Docherty (www.amarna3d.com)