Location: Amarna, Egypt
This field school provides the opportunity to spend full-time conducting comprehensive analysis of the excellently preserved skeletons excavated each year from the Commoners’ cemetery at Tell el-Amarna. Built by the Pharaoh Akhenaton, the city was occupied and the cemetery used for approximately 15 years, making the cemetery a unique research resource for paleopathology and life-way reconstruction. Students from novice to experienced will have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the ongoing bioarcheological research at the South Tombs Cemetery. Students will hone their skills become faster at each research task. All students engage in the overall goal oriented bioarcheological research at Tell el-Amarna. All accommodations and research laboratories are located on the site within the Amarna House complex.
Period(s) of Occupation: New Kingdom, 1353-1336 B.C.E.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: entire session
Room and Board Arrangements
Each student has an individual bedroom and all meals at the site are provided. The field school fee pays for hotel, all tours, transportation and meals once the student arrives in Cairo.
Dabbs, G.R. and W.C. Schaffer, 2008. Akhenaten’s warrior? An assessment of traumatic injury at the South Tombs Cemetery. Paleopathology Newsletter 142 (June 2008), 20–9.
Rose, J. and M. Zabecki, 2009. The commoners of Tell el-Amarna. In S. Ikram and A. Dodson, eds, Beyond the Horizon: Studies in Egyptian Art, Archaeology and History in Honour of Barry J. Kemp, vol. 2, Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 408–22
Kemp, B. and A. Stevens, 2010. Busy Lives at Amarna: Excavations in the Main City (Grid 12 and the House of Ranefer, N49.18). Volume I: The Excavations, Architecture and Environmental Remains. EES Excavation Memoir 90, London: Egypt Exploration Society and Amarna Trust.
Kemp, B. and A. Stevens, 2010. Busy Lives at Amarna: Excavations in the Main City (Grid 12 and the House of Ranefer, N49.18). Volume II: The Objects. EES Excavation Memoir 91, London: Egypt Exploration Society and Amarna Trust.
Kemp, B. 2012. The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and its People. London: Thames and Hudson.