Death and Nefertiti's Sun Temple: New Evidence for Private Mortuary Cults at Tell el-Amarna
This talk places Nefertiti's "Sunshade of Re" temple - Kom el-Nana, Tell el-Amarna, in context of inscriptions relating to other Sunshades of Re, in particular those relating to the Sunshade of Re of Hatshepsut. While the Sunshade of Re at Kom el-Nana served the solar cult of the Aten, over seen by the regenerative aspects of Nefertiti, it also served as a locus for the mortuary cults of the non-royal or noble courtiers at Tell el-Amarna. It is also proposed that Kom el-Nana could have been understood as a type of mortuary locale, with the added possibility that all Aten temples at Amarna may have had a similar function.
Jacquelyn Williamson, earned her PhD and MA from Johns Hopkins University in Egyptology and Near Eastern studies, and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her research interests include history, philology, art, and archaeology. Her research and teaching interests also include ancient trade, technology, language, and art. She specializes in the Amarna Period, approximately 1353-1336 BCE, ruled over by the noted iconoclasts and so-called 'heretics' Akhenaten and Nefertiti. As a member of the expedition to Tell el-Amarna since 2005, Williamson's work concentrates on reconstructing and analyzing an Amarna period temple found at the site called Kom el-Nana at Tell el-Amarna. She has published several articles contending that the site is both the 'lost' sun temple of Nefertiti as well as another, much less known site.
She has published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Egyptian Archeology, the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, and Les Cahiers Égypte Nilotique et Méditérranéenne.