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Door to the Soul
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

To house Egyptian pharaohs, priests, and courtiers after death, tombs were cut into cliffs east of the city of Amarna. Unlike earlier or later tombs, these had walls etched with tales that celebrated the royal family and Aten—the pharaoh Akhenaten’s sole god. “This modest tomb belonged to Parennefer, the royal cupbearer,” says British archaeologist Barry Kemp. “Presumably he owed his position—as one with enough status to commission a carved rock tomb—to his personal service to the king.” Many of the Amarna tombs were unfinished and most appear unused. Bodies from others may have been moved to new locations when Amarna was abandoned.




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