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By: Meral Abu-Jaser/Arab America
Contributing Writer

Over the course of 2 weeks,
Egypt has been making news
headlines. Once was when
the royal parade took place in
downtown Cairo and now the
discovery of an ancient city.
This remarkable finding was
announced on April 9th by
the famed Egyptologist Zahi
Hawass as “the lost golden
city.” This ancient city is said
to be the largest ever found
in Egypt and is marked to be
over 3000 years old. It was
found near Luxor, home of
the legendary Valley of the
Kings. Now let us dig into this
magnificent discovery and
learn more about the lost
golden city of Egypt.

 

The Discovery of the
Lost Golden City.

The search for this city had
begun back in September
2020. Dr. Zahi Hawass’s team
began excavation between
the temples of Ramses III
and Amenhotep III near
Luxor, some 300 miles
south of Cairo. According
to CBC News, within weeks
of excavations, formations
of mud bricks began to
appear in all directions.
After several months, several
neighborhoods had been
uncovered. This includes a
complete bakery with ovens
and storage pottery found in
the southern area of the city.

 

One team member said in a
statement, “The archaeological
layers have laid untouched
for thousands of years, left by
the ancient residents as if it
were yesterday.” This has left
the team confident that further
important acquisitions may be
revealed. Noting that they had
already discovered groups of
tombs similar in construction
to those found in the Valley of
the Kings.

 

History of the “Lost
Golden City”

Among other ancient cities
discovered, this city is
considered to be the most
extraordinary. It is believed to
be over 3000 years old and
was home to more than one
pharaoh who ruled during the
golden age; assuming that this
is the reason for its name as
the “Lost Golden City.” While
it has not yet been recorded
statistically, it is believed to be
the largest ancient city that
has ever been discovered in
Egypt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As was mentioned earlier,
this city was home to the
reign of Amenhotep III and
continued to be used by
Tutankhamun, known as
King Tu, and Ay. As Betsy
Bryan, professor of Egyptian
art and archaeology at Johns
Hopkins University said, the
find was the “second most
important archeological
discovery since the tomb
of Tutankhamun,” which
is nearly a century ago,
according to the team’s
statement.

Mysteries and
Findings Uncovered

An abundance of decorative
and ritual items, including
scarabs and amulets.
As of this moment,
archaeologists are still
uncovering many findings
and mysteries. Finding
treasures such as jewelry
have been discovered, along
with colored pottery vessels.
Scarab beetle amulets and
mud bricks bearing seals
of Amenhotep III were also
unveiled.

 

With undermining, multiple
mysteries were found. One is
an entrance that is believed
to have been used as a form
of security. According to
Dr. Hawass, the entrance is
fenced in by a zigzag wall
with only one entrance
point found in another

 

 

 

 

 

 

  area. Another mystery, as shown
in the above image found by
archaeologists, was two unusual
burials of a cow. This is currently
under investigation in hope of
determining the nature and
purpose of such a practice.
Lastly, there was a burial of a
person found with his arms
outstretched to his sides and
the remains of a rope wrapped
around his knees. Because of the
location and odd positioning of the
skeleton, this finding is also under
investigation.

What to Expect Next

According to Dr. Hawass, “the
mission has uncovered many
findings, and further excavations
are needed to determine what
happened to cause people to
leave the city.” It is only the start
of this marvels discovery, and
much more is needed to be found
in order to answer many hidden
mysteries of the “Lost Golden City.”

 

While the discovery unfolds,
Egypt is ready for political stability
and to increase and enhance the
tourism industry. With Promoting
Egypt’s ancient heritage, the
country is seeking to bring back
visitors. Now that you have been
informed about this amazing
discovery, you can check out Arab
America’s blog here for more news
regarding the Arab World!

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