Welcome to Tell Al Amarna
They also built a new capital, Akhetaten (Horizon of the Aten), now known as Tell Al Amarna. This beautiful crescent-shaped plain, about 10km from north to south, sits between the river and a bay of high cliffs. After Akhenaten’s death, his successor changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun (1336–1327 BC), re-established the cult of Amun and moved the capital back to Thebes. Akhetaten, capital of Egypt for some 30 years, fell into ruin.
Akhenaten’s doomed project is a complex site and the ruins, scattered across the desert plain, are hard to understand. Pre-trip planning helps: more detailed information is available on the excavation site www.amarnaproject.com.