3,000-Year-Old City Just Discovered In Egypt

Egypt discovers lost ‘golden city’ buried under sand in Luxor

Egypt discovers lost ‘golden city’ buried under sand in Luxor

The statement, which was shared on the Ministry's social media pages, adds that "the largest city ever found in Egypt" was founded by one of the greatest rulers of Egypt, namely of the New Kingdom, Amenhotep III.

The city was unearthed by a team of archaeologists led by Zahi Hawass near Luxor, about 300 miles south of the capital, Cairo - and dates back to the period under King Amenhotep III of the 18th dynasty.

"Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it".

People continued to use the "Golden City" during Amenhotep III's co-regency with his son, Amenhotep IV (who later changed his name to Akhenaten), as well as during the rule of Tut and the pharaoh who followed him, known as Ay.

Archaeologists have announced the discovery of an ancient royal city that lay buried under sand for centuries near Luxor in Upper Egypt, hailing it as one of the most significant archaeological finds for Egyptologists since Tutankhamun's tomb almost a century ago.

Other valuable ancient items have been discovered in the city, too, including jewelry, pottery, scarab beetle amulets, and mud bricks with the seals of Amenhotep III.

Colourful former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass is known as Egypt's Indiana Jones. "Within weeks, to the team's great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions", the statement added. The team soon realized that they had unearthed a large city that was in relatively good shape.

After seven months of excavations, several neighbourhoods have been uncovered, including a bakery complete with ovens and storage pottery, as well as administrative and residential districts.

"The archaeological layers have laid untouched for thousands of years, left by the ancient residents as if it were yesterday", the experts said. These bricks, the team noted, had seals with the cartouche of King Amenhotep III.

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CBS News reports that archaeologists have unearthed the remains in the desert near Luxor, Egypt, where the Valley of the Kings is located.

These houses had rooms that were filled with knickknacks and tools that ancient Egyptians used in daily life.

The excavations lie on the West Bank of the Nile River at Luxor near the Colossi of Memnon, Medinet Habu and the Ramesseum, or mortuary temple of King Ramses II, not far from the Valley of the Kings.

Archaeologists discovered the city in September while searching for a mortuary temple.

"This is a very important discovery", said Peter Lacovara, director of the US-based Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund.

An inscription found in the site "says that this city was called 'The dazzling Aten, '" Hawass told reporters.

Many in the field of Egyptology have praised the city's excavation as being one of the most important archaeological discoveries to take place in years.

This could just be the surface of further finds, according to the team, who also discovered a collection of tombs via "stairs carved into the rock".

"The mission expects to uncover untouched tombs filled with treasures", the team's statement read.

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