Egypt: Archaeologists discover the buried "lost golden city"

Archaeologists discover the buried "lost golden city" in Egypt

Betsy Brian, a professor of Egyptian art and archeology at Johns Hopkins University, said the find was "the second most important archaeological find since Tutankhamun's tomb" in nearly a century, according to the team's statement

Cairo - Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient city in the desert outside Luxor that they say is the "largest" ever in Egypt, dating back to the golden age of the pharaohs 3,000 years ago

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities, announced the discovery of the "lost golden city," saying that the site was unearthed near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings

The excavation team said in a statement that "the Egyptian team headed by Dr. Zahi Hawass has found the city that was lost under the sand"

“The city is 3,000 years old, and dates back to the reign of Amenhotep the Third, and it continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay”

The team called this discovery the "largest" ancient city ever discovered in Egypt

Betsy Brian, a professor of Egyptian art and archeology at Johns Hopkins University, said the find was "the second most important archaeological find since Tutankhamun's tomb" in nearly a century, according to the team's statement

Pieces of jewelry were found, along with colorful pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets, and clay bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III

“Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it,” Hawass said

The team began excavations in September 2020, between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Cairo

"Within weeks, and to the team's great surprise, mud-brick formations began to appear in all directions," the statement said

"What archaeologists discovered was the site of a large city in good condition, with almost complete walls, and rooms filled with tools of everyday life"

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