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Ancient 'lost' city unveiled in Egypt

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A 3,400-year-old "lost" city was unveiled in Egypt's Luxor on Saturday (April 10), a find which archaeologists hail as the most significant since the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb.

"I call it lost city because it was lost, no one really believed that the city could exist here."

Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and a team originally began searching for a mortuary temple in September.

Within weeks, they found mud brick formations in every direction and eventually unearthed the well-preserved city.

"Three main districts, one area for storage, we found a big area for the storage of making sandals, also sewing clothing, precious stones for making necklaces and bracelets; pottery tells us about the relation of Egypt with the New Kingdom. We think that this is the beginning of the discovery."

According to historical references the site once housed three palaces of Amenhotep III, the ninth king of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, alongside the empire's administrative and industrial center.

It has almost complete walls and rooms filled with tools of daily life, along with rings, scarabs, and coloured pottery, all shedding light on the day-to-day lives of ancient Egyptians.

Video Transcript

- A 3,400-year-old lost city was unveiled in Egypt's Luxor on Saturday. A find which archeologists hail as the most significant since the discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb.

ZAHI HAWASS: I call it the lost city because it was lost. No one really believed that the city could exist here.

- Renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and a team originally began searching for a mortuary temple in September. Within weeks, they found mud brick formations in every direction, and eventually unearthed the well-preserved city.

ZAHI HAWASS: Three main districts. One area for storage. We found a big area for the storage of making sandals, also selling clothing. Precious stones for making necklaces and bracelets better tell us about the relation of Egypt with the new kingdom. We think that this is the beginning of the discovery.

- According to historical references, the site once housed three palaces of Amenhotep III, the ninth King of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, alongside the empire's administrative and industrial center. It has almost complete walls and rooms filled with tools of daily life. Along with rings, scarabs, and colored pottery all shedding light on the day to day lives of ancient Egyptians.

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