Archaeologists began excavations in September 2020 in search of a mortuary temple near Luxor, Reuters reports. Weeks later, they came across brick structures with almost complete walls and rooms, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass said in a statement. The city was built during the reign of Amenhotep III, one of the most powerful pharaohs in Egypt.
They excavated the well-preserved city with almost complete walls and rooms filled with tools, ovens for making glass and pottery, the remains of thousands of statues, jewelry, scarabs, colorful pottery and stones. . “Some walls are up to ten feet high,” Hawass said.
The excavations are located in the West Bank of Luxor near the Colossi of Memnon, the Ramesseum and the mortuary temple of King Ramses II.
City that looks like Pompeii
“This is a very important find,” Peter Lacovara, director of the United States-based Ancient Egyptian Archeology and Heritage Fund, told Reuters. He compares the discovery of the city to another famous excavation. “It’s kind of a ‘city of Pompeii’,” Lacovara said. “The Lost City is the second most important archaeological find since Tutankhamun’s tomb,” said Egyptian expert Betsy Bryan from Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
The find, according to Lacovara, is a “very important find”, providing a glimpse into life under the reign of the mighty Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
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