'Lost Golden City' unearthed in Egypt
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The largest ancient city to ever be uncovered in Egypt is the biggest archaeological discovery since Tutankhamun's tomb was found almost a century ago.
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an 3000 years old city, which they describe as the "largest" ever found in Egypt. Located near Luxor, it dates to the reign of Amenhotep III and continued to be used by Tutankhamun and Ay.
Excavations began in September 2020 between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor. After seven months of excavations, several neighborhoods have been uncovered, including a bakery complete with ovens and storage pottery, as well as administrative and residential districts.
Items of jewelry from the 'golden age of the pharaohs' have also been unearthed, along with colored pottery vessels, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks bearing Amenhotep III's seals.
Ancient historians say Amenhotep III inherited an empire that stretched from the Euphrates River in modern Iraq and Syria to Sudan and died around 1354 BC. His reign, which lasted over four decades, was renowned for its opulence and grand monuments, including the Colossi of Memnon — two massive stone statues near Luxor that represent him and his wife.
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