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Akhenaten’s dream of a new capital

Amarna, the site where the colourful bust of Nefertiti was unearthed, is now an spectacular place, situated in the desert, surrounded by mountains, shaped by sun, heat, and sand.
But what did it look like here 3400 years ago? What made Akhenaten choose this spot for his new capital? Barry Kemp has spent more than 35 years conducting research at the site and can answer our questions.

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Where Nefertiti was found

Ludwig Borchardt unearthed the famous coloured bust of Queen Nefertiti in house P 47/2, lying among other sculptures and sculpture fragments. In the Amarna period it was customary for sculptures to be produced as composite statues. Prof. Friederike Seyfried explains the work process behind producing this particular kind of statue.

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The Palace of Nefertiti

Nefertiti lived in Amarna in the North Palace, a unique complex of its kind in Egypt.
The North Palace was excavated quite early on, in 1924/24. Since then, sun, wind, and rain have eroded the historic walls.
Barry Kemp and his team have spent the last 20 years reconstructing the mud-brick walls. Their work entails maintaining a delicate balance between preserving the old and providing information to visitors.

© Sammler und Jäger Filmproduktion GmbH, 2012