Remains of ancient city unearthed in Egypt

Published: Apr 13, 2021, 10:51 am IST

The Samikhsya Bureau

NEW DELHI: The remains of an ancient city in the desert outside Luxor in Egypt has been unearthed by the archaeologists that has created enough curiosity world-wide.

The archaeologists claim it to be the “largest” ever discovery of its kind found in Egypt.

It dates back to the golden age of the pharaohs that is estimated to have existed 3000 years ago.

Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the “lost golden city”, saying the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings, reportsin international media quoted.

“The Egyptian mission under Dr Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost under the sands. The city is 3000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay,” the reports added.

The team of archaeologists have called the find “the largest” ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt.

Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, said the find was the “second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun” nearly a century ago, according to the team’s statement.

Items of jewellery have been unearthed along with coloured pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III, it was reported.

The team began excavations in September 2020, between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, some 500 kilometres south of Cairo.

“Within weeks, to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions. What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life,” the reports elaborated.

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