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Offbeat Egypt. Discovery of "the largest antique city" in the country, near Luxor

00:25  09 april  2021
00:25  09 april  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La ville a été découverte près de Louxor, en Égypte. © Zahi Hawass Center for Egyptology The city has been discovered near Luxor, Egypt.

This antique city discovery in Egypt dates from more than 3,000 years before our era.

an Egyptian archaeological mission discovered the "largest ancient city of Egypt , dating from more than 3,000 years before our era, near Luxor, in the south of the country, said this Thursday 8 April his director, former antiques and Archaeologist Zahi Hawass.

"The archaeological mission has discovered a budding city [...] dates from the reign of King Amenhotep III and continued to be used by King Tutankhon, or 3,000 years ago," says the archaeological mission, in a statement.

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arrived on the throne in 1391 before our era, Amenhotep III died in - 1353. Objects, including jewels and pottery bearing its seal were discovered in the city, confirming the dating.

It is

"the largest ancient city of Egypt" , according to Zahi Hawass, cited in the press release.

500 km south of Cairo

The mission began its excavations in September 2020 between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, about 500 km south of Cairo.

"In a few weeks, to the surprise of the team, clay brick formations have begun to appear" , indicates the statement. And the site is "in good condition, with almost whole walls and pieces full of tools of everyday life" .

"The discovery of this lost city is the second largest archaeological discovery since the Tutankhâmon tomb" , esteem Betsy Brian, Egyptology Professor at the John-Hopkins University, the United States, also cited in the statement.

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It will allow

"to offer us a rare overview of the life of the ancient Egyptians during the most popular hours of the (new) empire" .

The city is composed of

"three royal palaces [...] as well as the administrative and manufacturing center of the Empire" . But archaeologists also exhumed an "food preparation area", with a bakery, an administrative area and a construction workshop.

Two sepultures of

"cows or bulls" and an "unusual" humanborne ... were also discovered.

After years of political instability related to the 2011 popular revolt, which has brought a blow to the key tourism sector, Egypt seeks to bring back visitors, including promoting its ancient heritage.

Last week,

22 tanks carrying mummies from kings and queens of ancient Egypt crossed Cairo during a spectacular parade to reach the National Museum of Egyptian civilization (NMEC), new home of these royal remains .

A Luxor, a city of artisans over 3,000 years old .
© Khaled Desouki / AFP The city of artisans linked to King Amenhotep III dating from more than 3,000 years, was presented Saturday to La Presse by the Egyptian authorities . workshops, ovens, brick walls, pottery and jewelry: the city of artisans linked to King Amenhotep III dating from more than 3,000 years, was presented on Saturday to the press by the Egyptian authorities wishing to promote cultural tourism.

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