A Belgian Egyptologist unravels the mystery of a town built by the Pharaoh Akhenaton
Share article:
Share article:

A Belgian Egyptologist unravels the mystery of a town built by the Pharaoh Akhenaton

A former industrial site near the Egyptian town of Amarna was discovered by a group of researchers, under the direction of the Egyptologist Harco Willems from Louvain University (KUL – Katholiek Universteit). Made up of around hundred quarries, the site goes some way to clearing up the mystery of how a town several kilometres squared was built in less than 15 years, 14 centuries ago. This success was attributed to Pharaoh Akhenaton.

The researchers had already found traces of industrial outskirts near Amarna last year. It would seem that this site continues up to 12 kilometres north of the town. Blocks called “talatats” were made in these quarries, construction blocks only used in this particular period. The quarries are so big that the Egyptians probably made millions of blocks. An innumerable amount of texts and dates have also been found in the quarries by the researchers.

These must have been left by the workers, like graffiti. Some of them show the Sun God.

The industrial site is divided up by dozens of roads and paths. Thanks to satellite photos, the researchers were able to make a map of the network. Most of it leads to the Nile, were several small ports were spread over a dozen kilometres. The blocks were sent by river to Amarna via these ports.

(Source: Belga)

Latest news

Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...
Testing rules following high-risk contact eased for vaccinated people
The coronavirus testing policy following a high-risk contact has been eased, meaning a vaccinated person who was in contact with an infected person ...
New measures announced for Belgian schools
Stricter rules are being implemented across a variety of sectors in Belgium to curb the rising number of infections and limit the damage as a result ...
Majority of booster doses should be administered by March 2022
Invitations will be sent out in the following days for the general population in Belgium to receive a coronavirus booster vaccine, and most adults ...
Belgium adopts national plan to combat gender-based violence
Belgium has adopted a National Action plan for the Fight against Gender-Based Violence, which includes more than 200 measures and unites all levels ...
Antwerp cancels Christmas market and New Year’s Eve fireworks
The city of Antwerp has joined other cities including Leuven and Ghent by announcing it is cancelling this year's Christmas market, the end-of-year ...
Pharmaceutical companies looking into vaccines against new variant
Pharmaceutical companies have sprung into action to look into vaccine protection against the new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa, ...
Belgium imposes entry ban on travellers from southern Africa
Belgium is introducing an entry ban for travellers from several countries in the south of Africa following concerns about a new variant (B.1.1.529) ...
What Ursula did next
BRUSSELS BEHIND THE SCENES • Weekly analysis and untold stories
Nightclub closures, limiting contacts: These rules come into force today
Just over one week after its last meeting, Belgium's Consultative Committee on Friday once again announced a set of new measures to curb the rising ...
Almost 3,500 Covid-19 patients in hospitals as new cases continue to skyrocket
The number of new coronavirus cases in Belgium is continuing to rise, and with it the number of Covid-19 patients who are hospitalised as a result of ...