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Gold Jewelry Discovered at Ancient Tomb in Tell Amarna, Egypt

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Gold Jewelry Discovered at Ancient Tomb in Tell Amarna, Egypt Credit: Ville Pohjanheimo / Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0

Gold jewelry was discovered in Egypt at the Tell el-Amarna archaeological site, which is part of the Northern Cemetery.

The incredible discovery was made during an archaeological mission in Minya Governorate. The University of Cambridge-affiliated team unearthed an ancient tomb containing glittering gold jewelry. This jewelry was found at the Tell el-Amarna site, known for its non-elite status.

Exploring the once bustling city of Akhenaten, Dr. Mostafa Waziri and his team are now uncovering a unique picture of life during Pharaoh Akhenaten’s reign.

Through the non-elite Northern Cemetery in Tell el-Amarna, researchers aim to gain insight into not only food quality but also disease prevalence for ancient citizens who lived in this short-lived capital.

With unearthing such information also comes a newfound understanding as to how these people survived challenging times centuries ago.

Professor Gamal El-Samastawy, director general of Antiquities of Central Egypt, recently revealed a noteworthy discovery made during excavations of an ancient tomb. Three golden rings and a delicate necklace adorned with hollowed beads were found.

Particularly notable was one ring inscribed with “Sat Nebet Tawy,” which translates to “the daughter of the Lady of the Two Lands.” This compelling discovery is thus quite intriguing.

Under the direction of Dr. Anna Stephens, deputy head of the English mission, archaeologists have explored Tell el-Amarna for over thirty years, uncovering a wealth of ancient artifacts and restoring majestic mud-brick buildings alongside houses and palaces to their former glory.

According to Dr. Anna Stephens, the crown jewel in this incredible journey is undoubtedly the restoration of both the large Aten temple as well as its smaller counterpart.

Tell el-Amarna dates back to King Akhenaten

Tell el-Amarna is a pivotal archaeological site in Egypt, home to many ancient artifacts from an era associated with King Akhenaten, who championed monotheism and the worship of one god.

Amongst its temples, palaces, and large housing districts for both high-ranking individuals as well as the public, two grandiose properties known respectively as The Great Palace and Royal Residence flank either side of what was once referred to as ‘The Royal Road.’ Essentially, the road connects them. Not too far away lies another palace which has since been dubbed “Nefertiti’s residence.”

Akhenaten’s capital of Amarna is home to twenty-five beautiful tombs, intricately carved into the eastern mountain.

Decorated with scenes in characteristic artistic style, these works depict a royal family, namely Akhenaten and Nefertiti along with their six daughters. They are near two Aten temples.

The magnificence continues at the Royal Cemetery, located fifteen kilometers east of the ancient city. The main tomb stands on the mountainside.

Akhenaten rocked the foundations of Ancient Egyptian culture through his daring reforms. He shattered traditions, shifted religion to an unprecedented level, and uprooted Thebes as the country’s capital.

His new kingdom, Akhenaten, was a city made for Aten alone. It marked this era in history with extreme divinity unlike ever before.

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