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Archaeological excavation unearths ‘portion’ of lost area
Egypt to unveil 3,000-year-old city
Published: Apr 11, 2021 05:08 PM
Archaeologists near Luxor have unearthed a portion of the "largest" ancient city ever found in Egypt, officials said on Saturday.

Workers carry pots at the archaeological site of a 3,000-year-old city dubbed The Rise of Aten, which was uncovered by the Egyptian mission near Luxor on Saturday. Photo: VCG

Workers carry pots at the archaeological site of a 3,000-year-old city dubbed The Rise of Aten, which was uncovered by the Egyptian mission near Luxor on Saturday. Photo: VCG


Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass had announced earlier on Thursday the discovery of the "lost golden city," which dates to a golden pharaonic age 3,000 years ago, saying the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings. "We found one portion of the city only. But the city extends to the west and the north," Hawass told AFP Saturday ahead of a press conference in the archaeologically rich area. 

Betsy Bryan, professor of Egyptian art and archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, had said the find was the "second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun" nearly a century ago, according to the excavation team's statement on Thursday.

Items of jewelry have been unearthed, along with colored pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III.

The team began excavations in September 2020 between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor.

Amenhotep III inherited an empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in modern Iraq and Syria to Sudan and died around 1354 BC, ancient historians say. He ruled for nearly four decades, a reign known for its opulence and the grandeur of its monuments, including the Colossi of Memnon - two massive stone statues near Luxor that represent him and his wife.

"It's not only a city - we can see... economic activity, workshops and ovens," Mostafa Waziri, head of the country's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said Saturday.

Since the announcement, some scholars have disputed that Hawass and his team have succeeded where others had failed by locating the city.

Egyptologist Tarek Farag posted Friday on Facebook that the area was first excavated more than a century ago by a team from New York's Metropolitan Museum.
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