Friday, December 18, 2020

Tell el-Amarna Site Management Plan 2020

Tully, G., Stevens, A., Kellawy, H., Spence, K., Kemp, B., & Reyad, F. (2020). Tell el-Amarna Site Management Plan 2020.
The archaeological landscape of Egypt is rich in tombs and temples but offers little in the way of intelligible and easily accessible places where ancient Egyptians actually lived. In Tell el-Amarna (Amarna for short) we have the greater part of a major city: its public buildings, its housing neighbourhoods, the decorated tombs of its governing class and the cemeteries of the ordinary people. Having been occupied for only about twenty years it preserves unique evidence for how people lived in the past. As the creation of Pharaoh Akhenaten, it also serves as a powerful introduction to the individual and his ideas. Archaeologists have worked at Amarna for over a century. But the place needs more than their expert attentions. Like many sites around the world, Amarna is threatened by the effects of rapid modernisation and population growth. The Site Management Plan presented here seeks to anchor Amarna more firmly to the current development policies of the Egyptian government. These emphasise the importance of cooperation amongst the varied sectors of Egyptian society, both those of the government and those constituted by local communities. The Plan seeks to guide the decision-making of the future in the hope of securing Amarna as an educational resource for generations to come. The Plan itself has been an exercise in co-operation. We wish to thank all those who have assisted. They comprise the many officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in Cairo and in the inspectorates of El-Minya Province, local community leaders at Amarna and, not least, representatives of the local inhabitants including those of school age.

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