Exceptional discovery in Egypt: an expedition of Egyptian archaeologists unearthed a 3,000-year-old “lost city” near present-day Luxor, south of Cairo. This is the most important discovery since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.
The ancient city, known at the time as Aten, dates back to the time of the 18th dynasty king Amenhotep III, who ruled the country from 1391 to 1353 BC “Many foreign missions have searched for this city and have never found it – has explained the Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who led the research team – The Egyptian expedition was surprised to discover the largest city ever found in Egypt. “
The city was, at the time, the largest administrative and industrial settlement of the Egyptian empire on the western part of Luxor and a large number of archaeological finds, including rings, scarabs, colored ceramic vessels and mud bricks bearing the king’s seals. Amenhotep III confirmed his dating.
Also according to Hawass, “To the surprise of the team, mud brick formations began to appear in every direction. What they unearthed was the site of a large city in good condition, with almost complete walls and with rooms full of tools of everyday life “.
Inside one of the rooms, two unusual burials of cows or, perhaps, bulls were found. Research has begun to determine the nature of this practice.
Egyptology professor at John Hopkins University in the United States, Betsy Brian, said, “The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun’s tomb.”
Egypt, in recent years, has announced a series of archaeological discoveries in an effort to revive the tourism industry, a major source of national income. Last week, 22 ancient royal mummies paraded through the streets of Cairo, in a solemn procession that marked their move from their residence to the Egyptian Museum, in iconic Tahrir Square, to a new museum in Cairo.