7000-Year-Old City Discovered In Egypt

Posted: Nov 24 2016, 9:07am CST | by , Updated: Nov 24 2016, 9:11am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

7000-Year-Old City Discovered in Egypt
Credit: Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities
 

The ancient city is located 400 meters south of King Seti I Temple at Abydos city

Egyptian archeologists have discovered an ancient city and graveyard at historical site of Abydos in southern Egypt.

According to Antiquities Ministry, both city and cemetery are more than 7000 years old, which marks the beginning of an important dynastic period.

The city is located some 400 meters away from the Temple of Seti I, which is one of the many temples built in the city of Abydos. The ancient city of Abydos was Egypt’s capital toward the end of the Predynastic Period and the latest discovery can provide more insight into the lost city which is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt.

Researchers have also found huts, pottery remains, iron tools and tombs in the site, indicating that the city was likely occupied by high-ranked officials and grave builders.

“The size of the graves discovered in the cemetery is larger in some instances than royal graves in Abydos dating back to the first dynasty, which proves the importance of the people buried there and their high social standing during this early era of ancient Egyptian history.” A ministry official said.

Most of the ancient structures around the temple are still buried and the artifacts inside them are either lost or destroyed by new construction. 

The discovery came at a time when Egypt needs something to uplift its tourism industry. Egyptian tourism is struggling to recover due to chaos in the country. The number of tourists has dropped from 14.7 in 2010 to 9.8 million in 2011. In 2016, only 1.2 million tourists have travelled to the Egypt so far, which is considerably low from the same period previous year.

 

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