Gypsum head of King Akhenaten discovered

latest excavations at Tel El-Amarna, Egypt, have lead to a discovery of a gypsum head from a statue of King Akhenaten who ruled in 14th century BC.

Gypsum head of Akhenaten (by Ahram Online)

The artefact was discovered during excavation work in the first hall of the Great Atun Temple in Tel El-Amarna by a British-Egyptian archaeological mission from Cambridge University led by Barry Kemp. The head is 9 cm tall, 13.5 cm long and 8 cm wide. Akhenaten was the 10th Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. The site of Tel El-Amarna was known as Akhetaten and was a new capital city that the King ordered to build during his reign. It was the home of the cult of the sun god ‎Aten. ‎ ‎ The mission has also carried out restoration works at the Small Atun Temple and the northern palace.

(after Ahram Online)

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