Archaeologists have discovered that many of the people who worked at Tell el-Amarna were sick, and worked under harsh conditions. Archaeologists have studied the remains of ordinary ancient Egyptians found in a cemetery in Tell el-Amarna and the results show that many Egyptians suffered from anemia, fractured bones, stunted growth, and high juvenile mortality rates.
Tell el-Amarna was the capital of ancient Egypt during the reign of Akhenaten, the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt between 1379 and 1362 BC. Akhenaten abolished the worship of Egyptian gods in favor of Aten, the sun god. Akhenaten built and lived in Tell el-Amarna for about 15 years. The city was abandoned after his death.
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