The Egyptian government announced on Thursday the discovery under a huge sand dune in Luxor. A big city with a history of about 3000 years It has been lost and is in a good state of protection.
its about”Greater administrative and industrial solutions From the time of the Egyptian Empire on the west bank of Luxor, Egypt, “the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on the Nile River said in a statement that the discovery has been called “the largest city in the history of Egypt.”
He added that the name of the city is “The Rise of Ateng” It was active during the reign of the pharaohs of the 18th dynasty, such as Amenhotep III or Tutankhamun.
The famous archaeologist Zahi Hawas said: “The streets of the city are lined with houses, and the stones on the walls are as high as three meters.”
Hawass explained: “Many foreign missions are looking for this city They didn’t find“And, according to the Ministry of Antiquities,” the archaeological layer has been preserved intact for thousands of years, as if their former residents had left them yesterday. “
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated that the city is “in a good state of preservation. The walls are almost intact And the room is full of daily necessities”, so you can make appointments to the settlements.
“The discovery of this lost city is The second most important archaeological discovery Since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, “according to Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University, American University.
According to the archaeologist, “The Rise of Ateng” not only provides a glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians during the heyday of the empire, but also “One of the biggest mysteries in history: Why did Akhenaten and Nefertiti decide to move to “Amarna”, the region established a new imperial capital in the 16th century BC.
The excavations that led to this discovery are located between two temples, one of which The other of Amenhotep III and Ramses IIIEstablished in Luxor, and began to try to find the Tutankhamun mortuary temple in September 2020.
But within the first two weeks, when the adobe bricks began to be seen everywhere and the archaeologists started, the archeological mission was a surprise Discover big cities.
So far, they have managed to excavate multiple areas of the city, where they found a Bakery, large kitchen with oven and ceramics It is used to store food that a large number of people must work, as well as administrative and residential areas.
The statement said that the city was “surrounded by a jagged wall with only one entrance”, which led archaeologists to believe that it had a defensive function.
They also found a work area with molds for production Amulets and decorations And an area with a seal used to make bricks for temple construction. The name of the seal is Pharaoh Amenhotep III.