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Amarna (Arabic: العمارنة al-‘amārnä) is on the east bank of the Nile in the modern Egyptian province of Minya. It is a big archaeological site. It has the remains of the capital city built by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1353 BC), and abandoned shortly afterwards.[1] The Amarna period is the time when Amarna was the capital.

"Amarna" is the Arabic name for the place. The name for the city used by the ancient Egyptians is written as Akhetaten in English. It translates to "the Horizon of the Aten" (Akh-t-Aten).[2]


  1. "The official website of the Amarna Project". Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  2. David, Rosalie 1998. Handbook to life in Ancient Egypt. Facts on File, p. 125.

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