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Author Topic: AKHENATEN/TUTANKHAMUN  (Read 75969 times)
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« on: April 02, 2007, 07:35:18 pm »

THE DISCOVERY OF AKHENATON                                                             continued

In 1842, however, fresh light was admitted to dispel some of the obscurities when the Prussian Epigraphic Expedition under Richard Lepsius, a disciple of Champollion and the foremost Egyptologist of his day, arrived
in Egypt to begin their immense survey.  The team paid two visits to Amarna in 1843 and 1845, where in the
course of a total of twelve phenomenally busy days, they copied scenes and inscriptions and took paper
squeezes of reliefs in the northern tombs and of those in the southern group, which had been opened by Hay
a dozen years earler. 

These records, still happily housed in Berlin, are invaluable, since not infrequently they are now the only
evidence we have of what existed on walls that have since been damaged or totally destroyed. 

Lepsius' explorations were mostly concerned with a more accurate and complete knowledge of monuments
already brought to light, rather than with an increase in the sum-total of new excavations and discoveries. 
But his main contribution to the advance of the subject was the worthy publication of results in the twelve
mighty volumes of the "Denkmaeler aus Aegypten und Aethiopen", which were devoted solely to illustrations
and the five volumes of letter press, which appeared posthumously. 

It was this work that enabled scholars in subsequent years, with their increasing knowledge of ancient Egyptian archaeology and philology, to improve their understanding and elucidation of the Amarna monuments and to begin
a serious attempt to write the history of the site.
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