Egypt’s newly-found ancient city to take 10 years to excavate

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It will take archaeologists at least 10 years to fully excavate the recently discovered ancient city, dubbed The Rise of Aten, that had been buried under sand in modern Egypt’s eastern Luxor Governorate for over 3,000 years, lead archaeologist Zahi Hawass said.

Egypt's newly-found ancient city to take 10 years to excavate
View of a 3000 year old city, dubbed The Rise of Aten, dating to the reign of Amenhotep III,
uncovered by the Egyptian mission near Luxor [Credit: Khaled Desouki/AFP]

On Thursday, the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said that an expedition led by Hawass, the former minister for antiquities affairs, had discovered a city on the west bank of the Nile near Luxor. It is the largest ancient settlement ever discovered in Egypt.




The 3,000-year-old city is believed to have been founded by 14th century BC pharaoh Amenhotep III and remained active throughout the reign of pharaoh Tutankhamun and his successor Ay. “This is a full-fledged city, it is considered to be the largest ever discovered settlement … The work will last at least 10 years since we need to excavate the entire city, as well as the area of temples”, Hawass said.

According to the archaeologist, there are three quarters in the city where there are premises for storing meat and areas where clothes and raw bricks were produced. “We expect to move toward the temple area by September”, Hawass added.




The team began excavations last September, and in a matter of weeks, they uncovered mud-brick structures spreading in all directions. According to the Egyptian ministry, archaeologists ultimately dug up the site of a large city preserved in good condition, with relatively complete walls and living units that still contained everyday instruments. Sixty archaeological missions previously worked, unsuccessfully, at this site, according to Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.

Source: MEHR News Agency [April 11, 2021]

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  1. Zahi Hawass e la "città perduta" recentemente scoperta da una sua missione e spacciata come la più importante scoperta dopo la tomba di Tutankhamon, …è stata in realtà solo "rispolverata" !!! i primi scavi risalgono agli anni 30 del 1900; sono documentati anche con fotografie dell'epoca; c'è una pubblicazione dal titolo "LE TEMPLE DU SCRIBE ROYAL AMENHOTEP FILS DE HAPOU" di Robinchon e Varille del 1936

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