Amarna, the city built on broken bones

Amarna, the city built on broken bones

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The pharaohs have always been the object of study throughout history, especially now that we have the latest technological advances that can help us to know much more data than a few decades ago, so we must take advantage of those facilities that we have and discover many things like the news that has appeared recently.

This time we know more about Akhenaten, pharaoh who ordered the construction of the new city of Amarna, which was dedicated to the god Aten. For its construction the Pharaoh ordered that there were no less than 20,000 people who would work until exhaustion.

The city of Amarna was built around 1,330 BC. and although there were other cities that worshiped various gods, this one was only dedicated to the god Aten by orders of the same Pharaoh.

Akhenaten's intentions were to purify the cult of the sun god by building this city, which would be dedicated solely to the worship of this god, but it also became an important place where almost 20,000 people lived with different positions such as officials, soldiers, production related personnel and most importantly, part of the royal court.

Thanks to a recent study by archaeologists who thoroughly studied the skeletal remains of a commoner cemetery in Amarna, the work has been found to be so strenuous that the workers even broke their back bones as a result of the great efforts they had to make.

According to this study, it was also revealed that the levels of injuries caused by this strenuous work were very high, where 67.4% of the workers had serious back problems as well as in other parts of the body, which reflects what practically all the workers in the city were exposing to.

The archaeological team examined some skeletons and concluded that virtually all injuries were work related and degenerative joint disease too, another of the physical problems that all workers had, who worked piecework and in extremely harsh conditions, on many occasions until they died or were disabled.

As has been confirmed, the investigations will continue, so surely we will gradually learn more details about this finding that has allowed us to know a little how were the working conditions in those years for more than 20,000 workers.

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