BY the Numbers: Focus on Egypt

This week marked the opening of “Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun,” a fascinating new exhibit at Penn Museum that tells the story of the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna (see Q&A, page 4, and Out And About, page 5). In honor of the exhibit, we dedicate this week’s By The Numbers to all things Amarna.

1353-1336 BCE

Approximate dates of the so-called “Amarna period,” when the city rose to power under the rule of Pharaoh Akhenaten. The city at this time became the center of an Egyptian cultural, religious and artistic revolution


Year that a local Egyptian woman accidentally unearthed 400 clay tablets, inscribed in cuneiform, at the –Amarna site. Those tablets, now known as the “Amarna letters,” would turn out to be correspondence from Egyptian leaders under Akhenaten to representatives in Amurru and Canaan.


Number of artifacts, including everything from statuary to monumental reliefs to golden jewelry and personal items from the royal family, on display at the Museum’s Amarna exhibit.


Age that Akhenaten’s son, the pharaoh Tutankhamun (“King Tut”) died.


Total weight, in tons, of the monumental granite sphinx visitors can see in the Museum’s Lower Egyptian Gallery.

Originally published on November 16, 2006