chapter  3
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Akhenaten's second decree concerning the layout of Akhet-Aten was inscribed on no fewer than eleven boundary stelae on both sides of the Nile. On the east bank, it is found on Stelae J, N, P, Q, R, S, U and V; while on the western side, it was carved onto all three of the tablets found there (A, B and F).l The number of available copies, added to the excellent preservation of several, has ensured the survival of nearly the complete text, with few of the uncertainties that diminish our undertsanding of the earlier decree.