This from the Virtual Amarna Project’s homepage:
The Official Website of the Amarna Project
The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.
Working with the agreement and co-operation of the Egyptian government, and in particular the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Amarna Project seeks to:
- Explore by archaeology the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context
- Preserve what is left of the ancient city
- Promote study and recording of the history, archaeology and traditional life and crafts of the surrounding region
- Increase public knowledge, at all levels, of the city of Amarna and of the surrounding region
I suppose the promotion of tourism is the raison d’être for the project. That said, it looks like another abnormally interesting time sink to me. Now, off to spend some more time at the ancient city of Virtual Amarna.
Via Ancient World Online