Monday, September 17, 2012

The current British expedition at Tell el-Amarna began in 1977. Since then, many hundreds of statuary fragments from royal buildings in Akhenaten and Nefertiti's ancient city have been recovered. Most of these were pieces discovered by the German expedition of the pre-World War I era and the Egypt Exploration Society’s team in the 1920s and 1930s. The fragments were not deemed museum-worthy and were reburied.
A deposit of such pieces discovered immediately behind the current expedition house at the southern end of the ancient city was dubbed the “South House Dump.” It contained unfinished fragments from the sculptors’ workshop district of the city, including the famous establishment of the sculptor Thutmose, where the painted bust of Nefertiti, now in Berlin, was discovered. Other pieces in the dump probably originated in the mysterious Maru-Aten temple, now lost under the modern cultivation.
A second cache of reburied material was discovered near the expedition house used by the English team in the 1920s and 1930s. This was called the “North House Dump.” Hundreds of fragments of statuary, as well as reliefs and balustrades, were recovered. Most originated in the Great Palace, including several colossal statues of the royal couple in granite, quartzite, and granodiorite.
Since 2001, Kristin Thompson has been registering, reassembling, and studying these fragments. In addition, she has visited dozens of museums, examining pieces from the site in storage and on display. Along with collaborator Marsha Hill, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thompson is at work on a major volume on the royal statuary program in the ancient city, placing the pieces in their original contexts in the temples and palaces of Akhetaten.

KMT Magazine Volume 04: Issue 3

  • Amarna & Post-Amarna Symposium at the MMA by David Moyer
  • 90 Years of Collecting Egyptian Antiquities in Toronto by Roberta Shaw
  • King Herihor, the “Renaissance” & the 21st Dynasty by Dennis C. Forbes
  • The Paths of Re: Sun Symbolism in Valley of the Kings Tombs by Richard H. Wilkinson
  • Puzzling Out the EES Concession at Gebel el Haidi by Sara Orel
  • Something Old…Something Granite by Aidan Dodson
  • The Tomb of Fanbearer Mahirpre by Dennis C. Forbes
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  • “Who Was Ankhkeperure?” by Dennis C. Forbes
  • “Visiting TT40, The Tomb of Amenhotep Called Huy, Tut’s King’s Son of Kush ” by Thierry Benderitter
  • “Ancient Egypt in Voronezh, Russia, A Forgotten Collection ” by Victor V. Solkin
  • “An Amarna Royal Figure On An Open Water Lily” by Earl L. Ertman
  • “Adoption, Inheritance and Freedom in 20th Dynasty Egypt” by Dylan Bickerstaff
  • “Giant of Egyptology No. 32 Arthur Weigall” by Dennis C. Forbes