Recognized as one of the region’s most important archaeological discoveries since the 1920s, an expedition near Luxor stumbles upon the ruins of a lost ancient Egyptian city.
Archaeologist Zahi House, Egypt’s former state minister for archeology, did the job. Announcement Thursday through his Facebook page. The 3,400-year-old city, known as The Rise of Athens, was buried in the sand near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor and the kings of the valley (King Tut’s tomb). A team of archaeologists accidentally stumbled upon the city while searching for the statue of Tutankhamun.
Haus claims to have led the expedition, but the archaeologist is notorious for putting his name on virtually everything related to ancient Egyptian discoveries. And for some involved Strict science (This Being a great example). On the one hand, this latest discovery is the real deal, and the importance of this incredible search is hard to understand.
The rise of Athens dates back to the reign of Amenhotep III, the ninth Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. Amenhotep III was almost in power From 1351 to 1353 BC and his reign coincided with a golden age when ancient Egypt arrived Its international strength and cultural output.
As Haas explained in his release account, The Rise of Athens was the largest administrative and industrial center in the West Bank of Luxor during this period. Many “foreign missions” explored the city, but it has so far missed the discovery.
Bates Brian, a professor of archeology at Johns Hopkins University and an expert on the period, said there was “no sign that the department was found earlier”, although it clearly represented a large royal part. “The size of this royal city was really the same as that of the northern capital, Amrana, and” presents a clear precedent for the city of Asnanten, “added Brian, who was not involved in the project.
Excavation in the area began in 2020, and within a few weeks the team began excavating clay bricks. As the excavations continued and surprised them, archaeologists realized that they were discovering a city of significant size. Despite being buried for thousands of years, the city has a considerable amount of preservation, where almost the entire wall and rooms are filled with images representing everyday life. “The streets of the city are decorated with houses,” House wrote. With some walls about 10 feet (3 m) long the team has spent seven months on this project, and still needs a lot of work.
Discoveries in the city include rings, scarves, colorful pottery, wine pitchers and clay bricks inscribed with the seal of King Amenhotep III. Cartridge, Which was used to date the city. A pot containing about 22 pounds (10 kg) of dried or boiled meat features the following inscription: “Year 37, meat-laden meat for the third heb shed festival from the butchery of Kha’s stockyard, made by butcher Louis.”
“This valuable information not only gave the names of the two of us who lived and worked in the city but also confirmed that the city was active and was during the reign of Akhenaten, the son of King Amenhotep III,” he wrote. Hawass
In the southern part of the city, the bakery opened up an area (including storage space for ovens and pots) for preparing and cooking food. Based on its size, “we can say the kitchen was providing a large number of workers and employees,” Habas said.
A second area, still partially investigated, appears to be present as an administrative and residential district, as it has larger and more organized living units. A wall decorated in a zigzag pattern surrounds the area, with the access point alone advancing, indicating some sort of controlled safety measure.
“There are industrial sectors, especially those divided by sinusoidal walls and separated by function,” Brian explained in his email. “It’s exceptional in terms of scale and organization. Ovens and lots of rice. Large number of stamped bricks with soil source next to them. Granite debit from work statues, ”he writes:“ Still stay in my heart. “
Visible workshops were unveiled in the third area, including the clay brick making site. Here, the group also found the mold of ingalai, which was probably used to make amulets and “fine decorative elements”, towards Havas, which he said was “further evidence of the city’s extensive activities to decorate both temples and tombs.” Archaeologists also found Equipment Probably used for spinning and weaving And evidence of metal and glass making, although the main area where these activities were conducted has not yet been uncovered.
The team also found A humanitarian burial, so that one can be seen lying down with their arms outstretched The remnants of a rope tied around their sides and walks. This person’s location and location were described as “odd” and demanded further investigation. The same is true for a strange tomb involving an apparent cow or bull found inside a house.
Aten’s rise was eventually abandoned and moved 250 miles (400 km) north to Amarna, That is why archaeologists are still isolated. Hawass wrote, “More excavations in the region actually took place 3,500 years ago to reveal
Excitingly, there is still much to visit in this ancient city, including an ancient cemetery and its collection, To get it, Rock-cut Samadhi Hu – Suddenly 1922 From the beginning again.