Ancient Egyptian Talatat block with a female worhiper of tambourine player relief, sandstone, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (1353-1336 BC), Thebes, Karnac. Egyptian Museum, Turin. White background.<br />
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The talatat was introduced to increase the speed new monuments to Aten could be built. The talatat were smaller, about 52x26x24 cm, than the usual building blocks used and therfore were easier to handle and build with. They were first used on the new buildings of Akhenaten at Thebes during his reign, the, after his capital was moved , for the monumenta of Amarna. When Amon was restored all the Aten temples were taken down and their blocks used in other buildings. Over 100,000 talatat have been excavated so far in Thebes and they represent a massive jigsaw puzzle as archaeologist try to piece them together into their original reliefs.

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Ancient Egyptian Talatat block with a female worhiper of tambourine player relief, sandstone, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (1353-1336 BC), Thebes, Karnac. Egyptian Museum, Turin. White background.

The talatat was introduced to increase the speed new monuments to Aten could be built. The talatat were smaller, about 52x26x24 cm, than the usual building blocks used and therfore were easier to handle and build with. They were first used on the new buildings of Akhenaten at Thebes during...
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