Archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old Egyptian city

Foreign Media (RP) | Published: 4:20 PM Apr 10 2021
World Archaeologists discover 3,000-year-old Egyptian city
A group of archaeologists has found the largest ancient city ever discovered in Egypt, dating back 3,000 years.

The city, named "The Rise of Aten," was discovered under the sand on the western bank of Luxor, lead archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in a statement. It dates to the reign of King Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt between 1391 and 1353 BCE, according to the statement. 

"It was the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the era of the Egyptian empire," Hawass said.  Archaeologists found the "city's streets flanked by houses," with intact walls up to 10 feet high and "rooms filled with tools of daily life ... left by the ancient residents as if it were yesterday," such as rings, colored pottery vessels, casting molds to make amulets, pots used to carry meat, and tools for spinning, weaving and metal and glass-making. 

"The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun," Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, said in the statement. The team found an inscription dating back to 1337 BCE, which confirms the city was active during the reign of Amenhotep III's son, Akhenaten.

The excavation, which began in September 2020, has unearthed most of the southern part of the city. However, the northern region is still to be unearthed. A large cemetery and tombs, similar to those in the Valley of Kings, were also uncovered but have not been explored yet. 

"Only further excavations of the area will reveal what truly happened 3500 years ago," the statement said
Foreign Media (RP) | Published: 4:20 PM Apr 10 2021

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