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Reading fragments Talatat puzzle The Amarna style
Talatat puzzle


Akhenaten’s temples and palaces were built of talatat, small blocks of stone that are all the same size. Huge scenes would then be carved on the walls. When later pharaohs pulled down the buildings to re-use the stone, the blocks were scrambled. Archaeologists have spent years figuring out which blocks might fit together and what scenes they represent.

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