This huge site was discovered on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. It was built during the reign of King Amenhotep III and will be publicly visited on Saturday.
C’It is a cultural place that will definitely attract people. As Egypt seeks to rekindle its interest in tourism and Egyptology, on Saturday, April 10, a high-profile visit to an ancient city with a history of more than 3,000 years was organized. This ancient city was buried in the south of the country after thousands of years. Find. The discovery was announced in a press release from the archaeological delegation on Thursday, and Zahi Hawass, the famous archaeologist and former antiquities who led the excavation, will be shown to the press on Saturday.
The statement said: “The archaeological mission (…) found a buried city (…), which dates back to the reign of King Amenhotep III and continued to be used by King Tutankhamun, which was three thousand years ago. Betsy Brian, a professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, believes that “the discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun’s tomb”. Several other archaeological items were also announced.
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The news of this discovery was widely shared on social networks on Friday, and the authorities posted several kindly photos while waiting for Saturday. A few days later, 22 floating boats carrying the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens passed through Cairo in a spectacular parade and arrived at the National Museum of Civilization (NMEC) in Egypt, which are the new homes for the remains of these royal families.
In January, the authorities unveiled new “treasures” to the public in Saqqara, about 15 kilometers south of the famous pyramids on the Giza Plateau, including the 3,000-year-old treaty from the New Kingdom 30 years ago. 50 sarcophagi. After several years of political turmoil related to the popular uprising in 2011, Egypt has dealt a heavy blow to the tourism industry. Egypt is trying to attract tourists, especially by promoting cultural tourism, especially the ancient Egyptian sites.
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The new city was discovered on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor, where there are already pharaoh Egyptian relics, such as the Valley of the Kings or the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. According to a press release, the image extracted by the authorities on Thursday specifically shows a brick wall network dated by King Amenhotep III. This monarch enthroned in 1391 before our time and died in 1353. Some objects were found in the city, among them were jewels and pottery with his seal, so the date was set.
Zahi Hawass’s enthusiasm, as always, was quoted in the press release, calling this “lost golden city” the “largest ancient city in Egypt.” Sometimes, his colleagues accused him of being a big businessman and lacking scientific rigor. The famous archaeologist responded by showing his past archaeological discoveries, which he considered to be “significant” discoveries.
The mission began in September 2020 to excavate between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, about 500 kilometers south of Cairo. The statement said: “Within a few weeks, to the surprise of the team, clay bricks began to appear.” The site was “in a well-protected condition, and almost the entire walls and rooms were filled with everyday tools.”
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Betsy Brian believes that this discovery will significantly enable “to provide us with a rare glimpse of the life of the ancient Egyptians during the most prosperous period of the (new) empire.” The city consists of “three imperial palaces (…) and the administrative and manufacturing center of the empire”. But archaeologists also found a “food preparation area” with a “bakery”, “administrative area” and building “workshop”. Two tombs of “cow or bull” and “abnormal” human body were also found.