Archaeologists had unearth a 3,000-year-old "lost golden city" in the southern city of Luxor. This discovery could be the most significant find in Egypt since the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen, stated in a statement by the archaeological mission on Thursday.
The lost city, known as Aten, is believed to have been founded by King Amenhotep III, the ninth king of ancient Egypt’s 18th dynasty who ruled the country from 1391 to 1353 B.C. It is believed to be the largest administrative and industrial settlement in that era, nestled on the western bank of Luxor. It was unearthed within weeks of the excavation starting in September 2020.
This lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun. It is expected to give a rare glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians at a time when the empire was at its wealthiest. The team began excavations on the west bank of Luxor near the Valley of the Kings, some 500 km (300 miles) south of the capital Cairo.
The city continued to be used by pharaohs Ay and Tutankhamun, whose nearly intact tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
The dig revealed a large number of valuable archaeological finds, such as jewellery, coloured pottery, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III. Now, seven months after the dig started, several areas or neighbourhoods have been uncovered, including a bakery, an administrative district and a residential area.
The lavish spectacle saw 22 mummies - 18 kings and four queens - transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation about 5 km away.
Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye were among the mummies transferred to the new resting place.
Further archaeological work was under way at the site and this team expects to uncover untouched tombs filled with treasures.