Cairo (AP) — Egypt’s most famous archaeologist revealed details of the recently discovered Pharaoh city in southern Luxor on Saturday.
Zahi Hawass said archaeologists found brick houses, crafts and tools from the Pharaoh era in a lost city location 3,000 years ago. It dates back to Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty, whose reign is considered the golden age of ancient Egypt.
“This is a really lost metropolis … the inscriptions here show that the city was called the’dazzling Aten’,” Hawas told reporters on the ground. ..
Archaeologists began excavation in the area last year looking for a morgue for King Tutankhamun. However, within a few weeks they discovered the formation of mudbricks and eventually turned out to be a well-preserved metropolis.
Some rooms are full of city walls, ovens, pottery, and tools used in daily life. Archaeologists also discovered human bodies visible to reporters and visitors on Saturday.
“We found three major districts, one for management, one for workers’ sleep, one for industry, and (one) for dried meat,” said the iconic Indiana Jones. Hawas, who wore a Jones hat and told reporters on the scene, said.
He said he believed the city to be the “most important discovery” since the tomb of King Tutankhamun was excavated almost completely intact in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922.
Paola Cartagena, a graduate student in Egyptology at the University of Manchester, said the discovery was “very important.”
“Settlement archeology is of great value in learning true historical facts and gaining a better understanding of the lives of ancient Egyptians,” she wrote on Twitter.
The newly excavated city lies between the temple of Ramses III and the colossus of Amenhotep III on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. The city continued to be used by Amenhotep III’s grandson Tutankhamun and his successor, King Ai.
Some mudbricks are marked with the cartouche of Amenhotep III, or the insignia of the name.
Amenhotep III, who ruled ancient Egypt between 1391 BC and 1353 BC, built the main parts of the Luxor and Karnak temples in the ancient town of Thebes.
Egypt has sought to promote archaeological discoveries in the hope of reviving the tourism sector, which was severely hit by the post-2011 uprising turmoil and the current coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement came a few days after Egypt moved 22 precious royal mummies to a new resting place, the newly opened National Museum of Egyptian Civilizations in Cairo, at the Gala Parade.