The ancient Egyptian city of Amarna continues to transform our understanding of how human society has developed. Not only was it home to the heretic king Akhenaten, his wife Nefertiti and the young Tutankhamun, it remains one of the world’s pre-eminent archaeological sites for understanding how people lived in the pre-Classical world. Its exploration has given us masterpieces like the bust of Nefertiti at the same time as providing a deeper understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian.

2017 marks 40 years of continuous archaeological research at Amarna, first with the Egypt Exploration Society and now as the Amarna Project. To celebrate Amarna and its archaeology we will be presenting here a series of blog posts over the course of 2017. Look out too for special events in our anniversary year – and our gallery of images showing some of the highlights of work at the site. Thank you to all those who make our work possible: the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, our research team, the local communities at Amarna and supporting funding bodies and donors.

As we celebrate, the Amarna Trust is launching an ambitious campaign to support work at the site into the future through an Annual Fund and Giving Circles. Find out how you can be a part of this adventure!