Archaeologists announced on April 8 that they had uncovered what is believed to be the largest ancient city in Egypt, dubbing it as the “Lost Golden City.”
According to famed Egyptologist and former Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass, who led the excavations, the discovery of the ancient city in the southern province of Luxor was the biggest archaeological find since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb nearly a century ago.
“It was the largest administrative and industrial settlement in the era of the Egyptian empire on the western bank of Luxor,” Hawass said.
“The city is 3,000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay,” the archeology team said.
According to Hawass, the streets of the well-preserved city are “flanked by houses and some of their walls are up to three meters high.”
The team initially aimed to uncover a mortuary temple of King Tutankhamun, but they instead unearthed “several areas of neighborhood” of the city known as Aten after seven months of excavation.
According to a statement from the Antiquities Ministry of Egypt, the excavation began in September 2020 between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor.
“Within weeks, to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions,” the ministry stated.
“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 ministry further stated.
Johns Hopkins University Egyptology Professor Betsy Bryan said that the discovery “will give us a rare glimpse into the life of the Ancient Egyptians at the time where the empire was at his wealthiest.”
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