National Geographic : 2017 May
akhenaten 133 Wood is rare in Egypt, and the law restricts the use of precious alluvial soil for brick- making, so limestone blocks remain essential to inexpensive Egyptian construc- tion. Akhenaten’s temples and palaces were built with blocks now known as talatat, which could be lifted by a single worker. This allowed for rapid construction—but it also made it easy for Akhenaten’s succes- sors to dismantle his city. In the Luxor Museum a reconstructed wall of talatat (below) features sun-washed depictions of the king, deferential courtiers, and priests.