Egypt says it has uncovered a vast, untouched, 3,000 year-old ‘lost golden city’
Archeologists hail unearthing near Luxor of ‘largest ancient city,’ call it the most important discovery since tomb of Tutankhamun and a window into the ancient world
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CAIRO — Archaeologists hailed Thursday the discovery of “the largest” ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia, which experts said was one of the most important finds since unearthing Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the “lost golden city”, saying the site was uncovered near Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings.
“The Egyptian mission under Dr. Zahi Hawass found the city that was lost under the sands,” the archeology team said in a statement.
“The city is 3,000 years old, dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay,” the statement added.
It called the find “the largest” ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt.
The newly discovered ‘lost city’ near Luxor in Egypt (Courtesy/ Zahi Hawass Center For Egyptology)
Betsy Bryan, Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at Johns Hopkins University, said the find was the “second most important archeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun”, according to the team’s statement.
Items of jewelry such as rings have been unearthed, along with colored pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets, and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III.
“Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it,” said Hawass, a former antiquities minister.